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Robots that take people's jobs should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

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Bill Gates has called for a tax on robots to make up for lost taxes from workers whose jobs are destroyed by automation.

The Microsoft founder and world s richest man said the revenue from a robot tax could help fund more health workers and people in elderly and child care, areas that are still expected to rely on humans.

His comments come amid growing concerns about how robots and artificial intelligence will change the workforce, with experts predicting that most jobs will be rendered obsolete over the next 30 years.

Mr Gates, in an interview with Quartz, said that governments should take the lead on a way to tax labour from robots.

Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things.

If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you d think that we d tax the robot at a similar level.

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