Official Pushes Robot Tax to Battle Automation

Security bot hits on chick

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Security guard Eric Leon watches the Knightscope K5 security robot as it glides through the mall, charming shoppers with its blinking blue and white lights. The brawny automaton records video and sounds alerts. According to its maker, it deters mischief just by making the rounds.

Leon, the all-too-human guard, feels pretty sure that the robot will someday take his job.

“He doesn’t complain,” Leon says. “He’s quiet. No lunch break. He’s starting exactly at 10.

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  • Jay Currie

    Robot tax is simply a recognition that, over time, the old formula capital+labour=production is going to come under pressure.

    Now I hate to say this but, in a year or two, robo mall cops will have become so matter of fact that enterprising young persons will have tons of fun – reprogramming them remotely, creating breadcrumb trails which tip them into fountains and such like, pulling on masks and performing the modern day version of cow tipping. Actual mall cops will have to protect the poor things. And so it will go.

  • Clausewitz

    Liberals never saw a tax they didn’t like. Taxing inanimate objects as if they were earning an income. Only a progressive could think this makes sense.

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  • Samuel Q-L

    “Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.” – Karl Marx