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I, Robot, want to be exempt from payroll taxes

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Speaking at an Employee Benefit Research Institute symposium on the future of benefits, Arnold Brown posed an intriguing—some might say disturbing—question.

Noting that robots are slowly leaving the factory floor and infiltrating the white-collar workplace, the founder of trend-tracking firm Weiner, Edrich, Brown asked, “Should we require employers of robots to pay Social Security for them?”

His concern: That social welfare programs will be underfunded as machines start doing more work formerly performed by people.

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