And another incentive for businesses to relocate.
San Francisco is looking to tax robots because they are taking rote jobs that humans do. They’re not the first to consider such a thing, but it’s still foolish. Never mind, especially with minimum wage laws pricing the unskilled and/or poorly educated out of work, that robots do the jobs more cheaply. Robots are more reliable, too, as Security guard Eric Leon noted about a security robot:
He doesn’t complain. He’s quiet. No lunch break. He’s starting exactly at 10.
The robot also doesn’t take sick leave or parental leave or any of the other labor froo-froo that San Francisco has mandated, regardless of what an employer and employee might work out between themselves without Know Betters’ dubious help.
If a business is going to be prevented from lowering its cost of doing business, it has little incentive to stay put. And human consumers, facing artificially elevated prices, aren’t helped a whit.