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Tax robots that steal human jobs, says Bill Gates

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Gates believes that governments should tax robots to temporarily slow the spread of automation.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has suggested that governments should impose a robot tax.

In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said a human worker who earns $50,000, for example, has to pay various taxes.

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

Gates said that a robot tax may finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, where humans are ideal for these works.

He argues that governments must oversee such programmes instead of depending on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.

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