One of the many things on my “things to worry about” list is the growing use of robots.
Like other previous technologies that were going to make life easier for us, the increasing replacement of real human beings with robots in an ever increasing number of occupations has many negative consequences.
The manufacturing sector has too many examples of workers laid off and being replaced by robots. Someone who is unemployed is not contributing to the tax base, and most likely is using public assistance to survive. So the system gets hit twice, while the company has cut its operating cost, may have increased productivity, and probably has increased profits.
So, why not tax the robot, like any other worker. I’d like to say this was my idea. But some guy named Bill Gates, ya that Bill Gates, proposed this recently.
Makes a lot of sense to me.