If Robots Replace Humans, Maybe They Should Be Taxed : Imagine a human factory worker who does $50,000 worth of work. As such this human worker pays income tax, social security, state, federal, ect. Now imagine that the factory converts to a smart factory and his job is replaced by a robot. Shouldn’t that robot be subject to similar taxation?

That’s the argument Bill Gates made in a recent interview with Quartz. The philanthropist and founder of Microsoft is worried that the pace of automation and worker replacement will happen too rapidly, faster than regulation, and society in general, can keep up. A tax on robots and robotic production, he argues, would slow down the speed of automation and allow businesses and regulators to plan better for worker displacement and the larger impact of automation.

The best and worst places to be a working woman : MARCH 8th is International Women’s Day, a date designated by the UN to celebrate and advocate for women’s rights. To provide a benchmark for progress on gender equality in the labour market, The Economist has published its fifth annual “glass-ceiling index”. It combines data on higher education, workforce participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs into a single measure of where women have the best—and worst—chances of equal treatment in the workplace. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on ten indicators.

The overall picture painted by the data is that the long trend of improving conditions for working women has flatlined within the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries.

The Iraqi army is on the brink of defeating Islamic State : IN A series of lightning advances over the past few days, Iraq’s army has seized control of most of western Mosul, the last redoubt of Islamic State (IS) in the country. On March 7th, a day that may have marked a turning point, army units took Mosul’s main government complex, as well as the city’s famous antiquities museum and about half of the old city. The airport had fallen a week or so earlier, and all roads in and out of the city in which the leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared his caliphate” in June 2014 are firmly in government hands.

And a little fun at the expense of Wisconsin’s own, Senator Ron Johnson:

Politicians still have no idea what net neutrality is or how it works : Net neutrality is a complicated and nuanced topic, full of vitriol and misunderstanding from nearly everyone who touches it. The Houses of Congress have brought us some bad takes on net neutrality before, but Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) seems determined to have the worst take of them all.

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One Response to What We Are Reading 3/9/2017

  1. Cat Kin says:

    Taxing robots? Good luck with that in this cut throat Republican environment.

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