Proposals to tax robots have been debated by serious folks recently.

The European Union considered but ultimately rejected the idea of .

And last week published an in which he argues for a robot tax.

These proposals follow a spate of recent articles on robots and automation, some of which argue there will be large job losses from robots and automation.

These articles include one in the , which profiled books by Martin Ford, Jerry Kaplan, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, and David Autor's article on workplace automation in , among others.

There’s no question that the potential increase in robots and automation requires policy makers to rethink fiscal policy for the 21 century (and other policy as well, such as education and retraining policy).

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