The representative of the New York Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, believes that people should welcome robots that take their jobs, but not the economic system that can make it economically devastating. During a talk at SXSW, a member of the audience asked Ocasio-Cortez about the threat of automated work. "We should not be persecuted by the spectrum of being automated without work," he said in response. "We should be excited about that, but the reason why we are not excited is because we live in a society where, if you do not have a job, they let you die, and that is, in essence, our problem."
The congresswoman He made reference to a proposal by Bill Gates, who has discussed a tax on robots that replace human workers. (Although she stated that Gates suggested imposing a tax on robots by 90 percent, it is not a number that we have found in his statements.) Gates is not the only person who has imposed a tax on robots.The French politician Benoît Hamon suggested taxing the automated productivity gains and using the money for universal basic income.In general, much of Silicon Valley supports basic income as a solution for automated unemployment.
However, no one specifically implemented an automation tax so far. The European Parliament rejected a proposal that would impose taxes on robots and use the money to retrain workers, arguing that it would slow down innovation. Ocasio-Cortez argued that a "robot tax" could be a less politically charged way of proposing higher taxes to businesses. "What we really [Gates is] are talking about is taxing corporations," he said. "But it's easier to say: & # 39; tax a robot & # 39;". And while Gates' vision involves freeing humans to take other jobs, Ocasio-Cortez played down the importance of paid work as a whole.
"We should be enthusiastic about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time to educate us, more time to create art, more time to invest and investigate science, more time focused on invention, more time to go to space, more time enjoying the world we live in, "he said. "Because not all creativity must be united by salary"
. His description is not as utopian as the dream of "fully automated luxury communism," but it is not as serious as some demand basic universal income. , that have framed politics as a sad inevitability of automation. That said, Ocasio-Cortez has previously criticized how automated systems operate practically, noting that human biases can be incorporated into the equations of an AI.
Ocasio-Cortez did not present a specific plan to handle automation in SXSW. But his response placed him in the family context of a broader struggle against economic inequality and corporate greed. "We should be working the least amount we have worked, if they really paid us based on the amount of wealth we were producing," he said. "But we're not, they pay us for what little we're desperate enough to accept, and then the rest is taken away and given to a billionaire."