In a drab meeting room of San Francisco’s city hall this week, the city’s leaders briefly confronted a brave, new world.
Robots will upend the very nature of work and further concentrate wealth among their owners, said Supervisor Jane Kim, who’s seen as a progressive in a city without a single elected Republican.
It’s time to consider taxing them.
“We must start redirecting a small percentage of these new profits to retrain and then re-employ human beings that are being replaced by these machines,” Kim said, calling for a hearing on the matter.
Elsewhere in the city, that future doesn’t seem so far off. Sleek delivery bots are gliding along sidewalks at a local permit rate of $66 per block, and driverless cars are back on the streets after a scuffle over a $150 state license. … see more