Bill Gates: The Robot That Takes Your Job Should Pay Taxes - Slashdot. In today's segment on bad ideas, Bill Gates proves that being a billionaire doesn't make you smarter or wiser than everybody else. I am glad for Mr. Gates' success. I have used Windows computers for a long time. I believe in free enterprise. I also believe in a fair tax system. However, when Mr. Gates suggests that we slow automation by taxing companies that make robots more than they would be taxed as regular corporate citizens, I have to wonder what he is smoking. His wealth comes from automation. The rise of computers has created many more jobs than have been lost. For every typewriter that isn't made anymore, there are thousands of jobs that are involved in the computer industry that didn't exist before. Why does he want to slow automation? Automation is the biggest single influence on the creation of new technology and new jobs I can think of. You are doing great charitable work, Mr. Gates. Keep on doing it. If you feel for those whose jobs will be lost through robotics, how about putting some of your billions into job training in the new fields that robotics will create?