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07-31-2011, 10:06 PM #1
Foxconn Replacing Workers with 1 Million Robots Over Next 3 Years
Foxconn, best known in the US for manufacturing all things Apple, recently made a statement indicating that the company would be replacing some of its workforce with automated robots.
Late last Friday, while attending a workers dance party, Foxconn founder and chairman, Terry Gou said, “The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers.”
Currently, Foxconn has 10,000 robots working for the company, but expects that number to rise to 300,000 by next year. By 2014, the company expects to have nearly a million robots working for them in their manufacturing plants.
It’s currently unclear just how many human employees will be replaced by these new robots. Foxconn currently employs approximately 1.2 million workers throughout China.
Foxconn has been widely criticized for the grueling working conditions that employees are forced to endure. Last year a string of suicides were attributed to the harsh working conditions in their plants.
In the future, if Foxconn chooses to do away with human employees altogether, then at some point, they may face a robot workforce that is as unhappy with the working condition, as the human employees are today.
Source: Xinhua News
07-31-2011, 10:10 PM #2
Then come the highest rate of robot suicides lol
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07-31-2011, 10:28 PM #3
No but in all seriousness, that's probably the very reason FoxConn is doing this.....to combat bad working conditions. Although there are certain things better left to humans such as maintenance and quality control, robots will most likely provide more output and greater precision.
This may be the end of the infamous supply shortages of new Apple product launches......hopefully.
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07-31-2011, 10:31 PM #4
Good for Foxconn--many automotive makers use robots extensively in their plants (particularly American ones, but I'm holding my tongue). If they can build a machine that does as good, if not a better job, than a human; they should. More power to them.
07-31-2011, 10:32 PM #5
Perhaps this will cause more suicides... 1 million people unemployed? that could lead to bad things...
07-31-2011, 10:39 PM #6
Rise of the machines. I guess the terminator movie is gonna come true after all.
07-31-2011, 10:53 PM #7
That's great but it's ironic. If 1 million people if not more in the future are going to be unemployed, then what's the point of using a ton of robots if you can't buy anything without money?
07-31-2011, 10:55 PM #8
They're not sure how many out of 1.2 million employees 1million robots will replace? Probably a good majority of them. Thats nearly one robot for every employee.....not to mention the fact that one robot could possibly replace more than one employee. Nowadays you can build and program robots to do practically anything......assemble, measure, polish, stack, transport. There's even robots that can check and see if what OTHER robots did is correct or not. And they don't even need a lunch break or a day off.
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07-31-2011, 11:50 PM #9
08-01-2011, 12:09 AM #10
I can totally see the Terminator Apocolypse occuring soon cuz of this
08-01-2011, 02:12 AM #11
Way to make unemployment rise and your profits rise greedy ppl SUCK
08-01-2011, 04:16 AM #12
08-01-2011, 04:18 AM #13
this makes me sad to think that a million people will lose their jobs down the road. China truly has no regard for human life.
08-01-2011, 07:50 AM #14
It sucks.....but that's the world we live in. Even trash pickup in alot of places is done by a giant robotic arm attached to the truck instead of the traditional two guys hanging from the back of the truck.
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08-01-2011, 10:39 AM #17
Originally Posted by RICO_
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08-01-2011, 11:24 AM #19
Wow that's sad... Typical business trying to make a profit. I feel for the people who are going to lose their jobs.
08-01-2011, 11:29 AM #20
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