Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, Gates says It's funny that Gates doesn't want to tax computers that steal--and have stolen--human jobs. No, he's a computer guy. His company makes computer software. Gates' billions came directly from computers. Does anyone remember secretarial pools? Basically, before the age of computers, multitudes of secretarial typists would endlessly peck away on typewriters, working on the official paperwork that propelled the country forward. Gates put them out of work, by hawking job-stealing computers and their attendant software. All the thousands of accountants working before the age of spreadsheets and tax software would also have a reason to gripe. When Bill "I'm the Richest Man in the World" Gates declares that computers should be taxed, I'll listen to his opinion on taxing robots.