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'Robot taxes' will help keep humans employed, Bill Gates predicts

US billionaire and philanthropist says Japan needs software talent to compete

Microsoft founder Bill Gates says an objective test should be used to determine whether companies such as Huawei pose a security risk.  ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

SEATTLE, U.S. -- Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates predicts that as artificial intelligence and other technologies flourish, societies will use taxes to ensure there is still a place for humans in the workforce.

"It is quite amazing, the progress the world has made during the last, I would say, 28 years," in tackling medical and poverty problems, Gates said in a wide-ranging interview with Nikkei. He emphasized the importance of global cooperation, as opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump's America First agenda, to resolve issues such as climate change.

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