in New York

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00am-7:00pm EST

Point-Counterpoint Panel: Opinions on Bill Gates’ Proposal for a Robot Tax

Featured Moderator: Anupam Govil, Partner

When: December 5, 1:35pm-2:15pm

Whether the idea ever sees the light of day in any legislature or not, the concept and all of its potential ripple effects deserve debate. In this point-counterpoint panel, the participants will consider all angles on Bill Gates’ assertion in a February 2017 interview that “Certainly there will be taxes that relate to automation. Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed […] If a robot comes in to do the same things, you’d think that we’d tax the tobot at a simialr level.” This track will explore:

  • Point: This idea is lunacy.
  • Counterpoint: This idea is at least the beginning of a good idea.
  • Discussion: What makes sense and why? The effects of productivity improvements on GDP and tax revenues. How would taxation be a disincentive for more innovation? Why would the guy who first envisioned a computer on every desk advocate for slowing down automation? Is there a dark undercurrent of “New automation and AI companies hurt the value of my Microsoft stock so I’m going to throw a red herring into the mix”?

Training/Workshop A: Automation & RPA 101

Subject Matter Expert: Ashwin Waghela, Director

When: December 6, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration & Networking
9:00AM – 9:15AM  Introductions
9:15AM – 9:40AM  Who are the producers and consumers in an organization? How do these roles change over time?
9:40AM – 10:00AM
– What are the costs of implementation and sustaining the model?
– Where can we realize that savings and how much?
10:25AM – 10:45am Group Presentations
10:45AM – 11:05AM Networking Break
11:05AM – 11:30AM Topic TBD
11:30AM – 11:50AM Group Presentations
11:50AM – 12:00PM Closing Remarks


Our fourth annual Automation Innovation conference, “2017: Exploiting the Second Wave,” is all about taking the lessons learned in the last three years, and applying those to harness the power of RPA, Cognitive Computing, and Artificial Intelligence today. We’re at the tipping point in our industry where there is no turning back. The first wave of early adopters have put the technology to the test – and are now gearing up for the Second Wave that takes lessons learned and goes beyond the first implementations.

The software is smarter and so are we.

This year’s conference provides the foundation for those who are beginning their investment in Automation, enabling them to learn from the successes and challenges learned during the first wave. Second Wavers will benefit from more challenging and thoughtful content that addresses key issues such as scaling up and developing Centers of Excellence. Conference attendees will be able to select from two different tracks with our expanded program, participating in either beginner or advanced education sessions, workshops, special interest groups and breakouts sessions, as well as hear the latest trends and implementation case studies.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:30am-7:00pm EST


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC


Founded in 2013, the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRPA AI) is an independent professional association and knowledge forum for the buyers, sellers, influencers and analysts of robotic process automation, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. Our global network and advisory services offer leading-edge market intelligence, industry research, sourcing assistance, events as well as offer opportunities to learn and network with stakeholders across service industry functions. To learn more please visit www.irpanetwork.com