Bill Gates thinks robots should be taxed, and sorry, WALL-E, but we kinda get it

We all know robots are the future — and they’re among us more and more these days. Now, Bill Gates thinks robots should be taxed, reported Mashable. Sorry, WALL-E, but we kinda get it. But wait — whaaaaat?! How can they be taxed?!

Gates explained his reasoning in an interview with Quartz.

“Right now if a human worker does, you know, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed,” Gates said. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.”

Hmmm. In-te-rest-ing.

We know it may sound crazy, but Gates explains it well to Quartz in this clip.

Basically, Gates thinks robots can do certain jobs, ones that don’t require as much human interaction as others.

“But you can’t just give up that income tax because that’s part of how you’ve been funding that level of human workers, Gates said.

We get it. So it’s more so the robot companies being taxed, not the robots themselves — which would be a whole other story, right?! So, sorry, WALL-E, but at least you wouldn’t be taxed directly.

In any case, we’ll be curious to see how this robots-being-taxed issue turns out. You, too?!