Companies jobs replaced by robots would have to pay tax, Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
This would the dissemination of automation are delayed and other forms of relief work are paid, the billionaire said in conversation with Quartz. Gates wants more jobs for example in schools and care for people who otherwise lose their job through automation.
As robots take jobs from people, there are fewer people paying income tax authorities and get into trouble, says Gates.
“As a human worker is doing, for example, $ 50,000 for work in a factory, which is in charge of income tax, social contributions and so on,” Gates said. “If a robot does the same job, the robot should be taxed in a similar way.”
According to Gates however, that releasing more time and hands for other things. “We can do better for the elderly care, smaller classes and better help children with special needs. These are all things that require human empathy, according to Gates, but where now is a shortage of people.
“But you cannot just give up that income, because it is part of how we pay to human workers,” Gates said.
According to the billionaire, people in some fields are in one fell swoop replaced by robots in the next twenty years, mainly in factories and drivers as the emergence of self-propelled vehicles.
Earlier this week, the European Parliament rejected a tax on robots. However, Europe is the rise of working robots will regulate by law including an ethical framework, for example, the liability of self-propelled vehicles.
In 2016, said Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher been nothing to see in an additional tax on robots. “I want to think about how you can give back to the relationship between capital and labor to society,” the minister said.
The end of 2015 suggested the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in a report even though an investigation into “robot dividend” which “everyone would reap the financial benefits of robots.” Green MP Linda said to want to explore what is possible in this area.
The American consultancy firm McKinsey predicted in 2016 in a report that nearly 50 percent of all current jobs are vulnerable to takeover by automation. Especially jobs in the ‘predictable physical work “according to the company’s very suitable for robots.