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David Thompson

I dont think it makes sense to tax robots because robots are just machines..if machines have to pay taxes then every machine should pay tax like fan, washine machines, computers because every machine in some way or the other has replaced a human being. I think the better idea is to tax the value these robots create. For example if a robot creates a car then tax the car and not the robot.

Seth Polcari

This is something that I have often thought about, as a young professional seeking to enter the IT field. I think that this conversation needs to be addressed sooner, rather than later. As hard as it may be, we need to come up with a clear and defined set of standards for what defines a robot. I think that the tax should also be based on how many jobs it replaces, not necessarily the robot itself. There is a lot to be said about why companies are moving more towards automation apart from the cost savings as well. For instance, more consistency in the products themselves. Eliminate the human element and you have much fewer issues. Liability as well. A lot, but not all, manufacturing jobs incur an elevated level of risk. Risking a machine is a lot safer than risking a human life.

The point jobs lost vs tax revenue lost is also a great point. But a lot of this is unskilled labor positions, being replaced by skilled labor positions. Someone has to engineer, design, and build the robots.

Forrest W

Simon thinks that taxing robots is worth exploring because the United States is funded by a people-centric tax system and it is estimated that 1/3 of the jobs in the U.S. will be lost to robots. This takeover would be a huge blow to the tax revenue. The first obstacle we face is defining what a robot is. Simon says that if you ask 10 different people what determines a robot you will get 10 different answers. Robot tax would prevent a large chunk of the U.S. tax revenue from disappearing and it also keeps large corporations in check. Robots are much cheaper and more productive so without a tax major corporations will see their profits skyrocket and there will be no way smaller businesses can compete.


Simon thinks that a robot tax is worth exploring because it could help gradually usher in a basic universal income produced by mass automation. the first obstacle would be defining what a "robot" is, because the definition varies from person to person. And a robot tax could save our economy if an automated workforce becomes more dominant in the coming years, "the tax system in the US is still people-centric, which in a roboticized future could lead to a revenue death spiral. Cities and states get about 30 percent of their revenue from property taxes, 20 percent from sales tax, and another 20 from individual income taxes. When you've got mass unemployment, those revenue sources all tumble in unison."


I don't know if taxing a robot is the best idea. If you tax "robots" that is more than just the robots that do work. There are a lot of machines out there that are considered "robots." I also think that if robots take over the work force the government would lose a lot of money from not getting taxes like he said in the article.

abelson barthelemy

Having robots do our jobs is in ways smarter and faster, but not a good idea and it's also not a good idea to tax them. Humans get taxed on things such as social security etc. If it's a machine how would you take it for the certain things humans get taxed for, it doesn't make sense. Having robots take our jobs one, makes working citizens lose money and two makes the government lose money because the government makes money from the people.


It doesn't matter if they tax the robot or the things they are making, just as long as there is some sort of income for the government out of this. Human workers or robots both cost money to keep up with. Humans need a salary, certain benifts, etc and even though robots dont need to get paid they still have repair costs. Just like a normal worker- if you get injured/done all together then you need to have some sort of budget from the gov to fix the problem. Another thing is that if you tax these production robots then you need to tax anything that is considered a robot by the public.


The introduction of robot to take up jobs is great idea like Simon says in his article: machines are faster, more consistent smarter and cheaper than humans. The advantages of using machines/robot vs human implies that we can supply more goods and services at a particular time and there may be a point where the supply of goods may exceed their demand for goods in the United State. Now which people will buy the extra goods or services that are available if a third of the population are thrown out of their jobs because of technological advancement? Simon says the government will lose his sales tax because the people who are out of their jobs may not have the purchasing power, I agree to that, I believe that in the long run the producers may also lose profit because the goods produced may not yield the profit they desire since a some people are denied of their ability to buy.When manufacturers, over replace machinery with humans, a cycle or a chain will be broken, thus "more goods but less buyers market", so the manufacturers, may have restore the system by returning humans to work before the manufacturers can stay on the market. I believe taxing robot may not solve the problem, but the market forces, demand and supply of goods and services will solve the problem naturally.

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