EU’s Commissioner in Charge of Digital Single Market Does Not Support Robot Tax Proposed by Gates

Published by , June 5, 2017 11:50 am

(CNBC) Andrus Ansip, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s push for a Digital Single Market (DSM), isn’t a fan of a robot tax. “No way. No way,” Ansip said when asked if he would support a robot tax.
Ansip’s comments during a CNBC-hosted panel on Thursday at the Pioneers tech conference in Vienna, made it clear that he doesn’t back Gates’ view that robots should be taxed. “If a human worker does $50,000 of work in a factory, that income is taxed,” Gates said in a recent interview. “If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think we’d tax the robot at a similar level.”

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