So there’s this interesting idea being talked about by the Labour frontbenchers – a “robot tax”, man. They want to go after these companies that fire their employees and replace them with artificial intelligence. Can you believe that? I mean, it’s a wild concept, but it’s actually been suggested by Alex Davies-Jones, the shadow minister for technology and digital economy, at a recent fringe event during the Labour conference. And get this, it’s not the first time they’ve mentioned this “robot tax” thing. They were throwing it around when Jeremy Corbyn was leading the pack.
But hold on a sec, now the party is trying to downplay Ms Davies-Jones’s comments. Can’t be too surprised, man. Politics can be a bit wishy-washy like that sometimes.
Anyway, here’s the deal – artificial intelligence is evolving at breakneck speed, and that’s got everyone wondering if whole chunks of our economy will end up being run by machines. Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, even made this bold prediction earlier this year that AI could potentially replace a whopping 300 million jobs worldwide. That’s crazy, dude!
So, at this Labour conference event organized by Demos, Ms Davies-Jones started talking about how the tax system could be used to discourage companies from firing people and replacing them with AI. She’s all like, “Yo, the UK is already facing ‘very real threats’ from AI taking jobs. My constituents in Pontypridd, South Wales, are feeling it, man. Just look at the shops, where you got these machines instead of human cashiers. It’s taking away jobs, and big employers are blaming it on AI.”
Now, here’s the kicker – she suggests that these companies making these moves should be forced to pay more in taxes. I mean, they’re saving money by cutting jobs, right? So why not make ’em cough up some extra dough?