Jane Kim Proposes Taxing Robots New Paths

SF Supervisor Jane Kim Proposes Taxing Robots

A commonsense approach to a problem that's only going to get bigger.

In August, SF Supervisor Jane Kim launched a campaign called Jobs of the Future Fund, with intentions to find solutions for those who will inevitably lose jobs as automation increases.

“Proceeds from the tax would bankroll things like job retraining, free community college, or perhaps a universal basic income―countermeasures Kim thinks might make a robotic future more bearable for humans,” says Wired.

The campaign’s site states that this ‘automation revolution’ has the potential to eliminate more jobs than the Great Depression and Great Recession combined. As much as half of the jobs in the US will disappear “through the transition to robot, algorithms or other forms of automation.”


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Jobs of the Future is an organization and outreach program that asks for policy makers, labor leaders, businesses and civic organizations to start thinking about solutions to this problem.

The solution their touting: a statewide California tax on automated robots, just like our workers today are being taxed (inspiration taken from Bill Gates). If companies are required by law to pay taxes for the automation the money can be funneled into education and retraining for those whose jobs have become obsolete.

As Kim reminds us, this is all very new territory. The terms ‘job displacement’ and ‘automation’ are still actively being defined. If you’d like to get involved and voice your opinion as Californians start working towards ballot measures, do it here.

Donate to their Crowdfunding campaign here. 


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The Conscious Kid Help Raise New Generation of Woke Kids

This organization knows that the best way to reduce bias is to start at the root: the kids.

As we move into a new year full of fresh optimism about how our country can make positive progress, The Conscious Kid (TCK) is helping ensure kids understand the importance of diversity.

With partnerships, TCK’s education programs aim to reduce bias and effectively promote positive identity development in youth. The group also supports research and policy organization.

Children are like sponges so what they’re exposed to matters immensely in who they’ll become when they grow up.



And, well, every kid loves a good book. The Conscious Kid offers monthly book subscriptions, delivered in gift paper for extra excitement.

There are several subscription options to choose from, like one book every month for $20, or three borrowed books a month for $30. Parents can select their age group of choice.

Through their Medium blog, they serve up book lists we wish we’d had when we were young. Most recently, they highlighted books with indigenous protagonists written by indigenous authors. Indigenous characters are wildly under-represented in kids books—a recent survey found only 1% of children’s books feature an indigenous character.


Photo: The Conscious Kid Instagram


Feature photo: The Conscious Kid/art by Rafael López

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