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Adjusting to the rise of the machines

Automation, it seems, is taking its toll. For example, based on its turnover Amazon employs less than half the staff levels of the broader retail sector – and they are driving efficiency gains all the time. So, is the answer to tax robots – one of the ideas from failed French Presidency candidate Benoît Hamon. No, says Professor Steve Keen. He suggests to Phil Dobbie that the solution is a universal basic wage. But won’t that remove any incentive to work and innovate?

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