European legislators decided not to introduce «tax the robots»

European lawmakers this week endorsed proposals to regulate the growing introduction of robots, including the ethical side of their development and use, as well as responsibility for the actions of robots, including driverless cars.

The decision is a recommendation to the European Commission. The recommendation is not mandatory, but the European Commission will have to provide a reason if you choose not to follow this recommendation.

At the same time it rejected a proposal for so-called «tax the robots». It was assumed that it will pay employers, introducing robots, and the received means will be directed on retraining and financial support of employees dismissed as a result of introducing robots. Industry representatives of the International Federation of Robotics has managed to be positive about this news, because, according to them, the tax would be an obstacle to innovation.

Source: Reuters

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