Alexandru Rîpa
Alexandru Rîpa
MA student, Business Communication in English program, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies
On taxing the robots

On taxing the robots

Bill Gates, a pioneer in computer innovation, recently opened the gates to a debate that will become mainstream in the coming decades. He suggested that taxing robots would be a perfectly acceptable policy to defray the losses stemming from automation.His assumption is based on the correct fear that the advancements of high-tech industry threatens a large number of low to medium skilled jobs, of mostly equivalent income. This would lead to a high rate of unemployment in areas where automation may replace human labour. One wonders which sector is safe from the replacement of its labour force and the substitution of human capabilities. This is accompanied by reassurances of increased labour demand in the “caring sector” or other interpersonal service jobs. There is a growing need for caregivers for older people, people with special needs, helping children in education. It is logical to focus on areas that manifest increases in needs to reorient employment and then rely on innovation and automation to create wealth and increase productivity wherever possible, but there are some underlying assumptions which are left unchallenged, with regards to ease of reemployment, quality of remuneration and so on. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


The Book of Time

The Book of Time

Time is a never-ending book. And each book is a time-keeper. Time itself is made of stories and each story is a chapter in the book of time. Still, the book is written and the stories go. Over and above, the story of the time has no clear start. Yet, the book had to reveal the tale with chapter number one. …let us give wings to truth that it may fly with the Word – Johannes Gutenberg  More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Is Musk Tesla’s Reincarnation?

Is Musk Tesla’s Reincarnation?

While life is evanescent and communication depends on the living spirit of human beings (making impossible any link with the other side) two characters defy normal rules through a conversation across centuries. They do not seem to be out of the ordinary. They are just full of (common) ideas. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


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OEconomica No. 1, 2016