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Debating London: This House Would introduce a robot tax
Wednesday 3rd May
7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
Tea House Theatre
Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL
Free to attend and open to all
About this debate
Billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates wants to tax companies who replace human workers with robots, as the rate of automation in industries like manufacturing, transport, and retail continues apace. He is not alone, but he does have critics, who specifically oppose his goal of using a tax to slow the speed of automation.
This debate raises numerous issues, which could come to affect many of us of our own livelihoods in the near future. Should automation be embraced or resisted? Is a tax the best way to manage its impact and would it apply to specific types of robots or all forms of artificial intelligence? And how should we spend any money we raise from such a tax: on funding new jobs in industries that rely on human skills, as Gates suggests, or on a basic income for everyone perhaps?
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