On September 5th, presidential candidate and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio published in tech magazine Wired that if elected president, he would “issue a robot tax for corporations displacing humans, and create a federal agency to oversee automation.”
De Blasio is a longshot for even the Democratic nomination—much less the presidency—polling at less than one percent. But his professed concerns about employment losses due to technological innovation and automation aren’t unusual, particularly among those younger than 25. But a new federal agency dedicated to “overseeing” automation practices will only cause more problems.
I can understand the discomfort with automation that so many people have, the fear that your job could be replaced by a robot. And with the anticipated advances in