EU Studying Taxation of Robots as ‘Electronic Persons’

Published by , August 22, 2016 6:58 am

(TheVerge) EU is looking to levy a special tax on what’s being called “electronic persons”. The European Union (EU) is considering a draft plan that could see Europe’s growing army of robot workers classed as ‘electronic persons’, with their owners liable to pay social security for them.
It also calls for companies to declare the money they saved in social security by replacing human workers with robots, and for the creation of a European robotics agency to provide “technical, ethical and regulatory expertise.” All smart autonomous robots would be classified under a central registry, with funds to cover their liability, and robot owners and manufacturers would be required to buy insurance.

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