Automation Tax vs Robot-Tax
Oxford Business Law Blog, 2019
Posted: 16 Aug 2019
Date Written: March 19, 2019
The positive impact of developments in technology on the economy has historically outweighed the disruptive impact on employment. Society has benefited from the efficiency gains derived from the application of technology in production, while workers displaced by these technologies have largely been successfully retrained and employed in other jobs. However, the pace of development of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” now presents a risk of mass displacement of human labour, particularly in tasks that are repetitive and menial. The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is characterised by significant progress in a closely-linked cluster of areas such as robot dexterity, machine learning, processing power, and sensor capabilities, which reduce the costs of automation and enhance its potential benefits.
Keywords: Tax Law, Taxation, Robot Tax
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