Define 'robots' before thinking about taxing them

What shall we do when the robots take our jobs? Readers have written in with variants on the same common-sense suggestion: Tax the robots.

"Give a robot a deemed income equivalent to the wage of the human it is replacing, with a default of the average income," wrote one. A similar suggestion: "If one robot displaced five people earning a modest £20,000 (S$36,000) each, then that robot could be said to have an economic value of £100,000 a year."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Define 'robots' before thinking about taxing them'. Print Edition | Subscribe