Micro-Lecture 11 – When Are We Going To Tax The Robots

By 04/11/2014 News

This talk is about the looming demographic crisis in Western democracies. Our pensions and public health-care services are funded like Ponzi schemes and, as the Baby Boomers start to draw their pensions and make greater use of public healthcare, so there will be fewer and fewer working humans to contribute to fund these services.

But robots are just about to arrive in force. I think automation and robots have the potential to boost Western economies in a way that will make up for our declining workforce, but who will pay the dues to keep pensions and healthcare going?

I think we’ll have to tax the robots.

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