Tiny soft robots could deliver drugs from under your skin. The Verge, January 5, 2017
Are we really going to add robot taxes onto layers of personal and corporate income, sales, excise, capital gains, import-export duties, gift and estate taxes etc?
As Edgar Feige's Automated Payment Transaction Tax (APT) thesis demonstrates - we can replace all existing taxes and all proxy taxes masquerading as fees with one simplified automatically collected tax.
And guess what - robots will be doing the collection. They're called computers; hardware and software.
As I have demonstrated using Feige's formula, in Canada we can get our tax rate down to at least 4.25% per financial transaction and my Canadian model based on Feige's work still does not have all the inputs factored in, ie: we can get the 4.25% tax rate even lower. Feige's work showed that in the U.S. the rate could drop to as low as 0.3% !!!
If you have a position of influence in Canadian society, you should be involved in at least getting a public discussion underway. If you are a frustrated tax payer, write your member of parliament with the APT details.
We need a new generation of engineers and computer scientists to take this project on. We have the technology, but we need a new social contract.