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  •  paul
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2011-08-01T13:51:53Z
According to China's Xinhua's news agency, Taiwanese technology bigwig Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision) plans to employ 1 million robots in the next three years to help curtail the rising costs of having to play real life humans, and also to improve efficiency.

Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, told Xinhua that these metal employees will take up routine tasks like spraying, welding, and assembling, all of which are currently being performed by humans. Foxconn already makes use of 10,000 robots, and will increase that number to 300,000 next year before ultimately reaching 1 million robot workers in three years.


These might be the droids Foxconn is looking for.

Foxconn is the world's biggest supplier of hardware components used to make popular products such as Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, and various hardware for the likes of Dell, Sony, and Nokia, among others. The company employs about 1.2 million people and has been dogged in the media the last year over reports of poor working conditions that may have contributed to numerous worker suicides. Common complaints consisted of long hours and poor pay, which are two things robot workers presumably will be okay with.
Drake_McNasty
2011-08-01T14:12:38Z

Too bad those robots will go to waste since Apple just started dealing with Pegatron for the iphone5 and ipad3.

omegadraco
2011-08-01T15:03:00Z

No wonder Apple just pulled out of FoxConn the robots will revolt lol.

Inspector
2011-08-01T15:06:04Z

lol lets prepare our selfs for whats to come!

Int Protocol
2011-08-01T15:35:07Z
ThunderBird
2011-08-01T15:48:32Z

I've also read articles that employees said working conditions at Foxconn were prison like and there was some suicide's that took place inside those walls.

Could this be the reason for the change to robots? Or maybe they have so many orders from Apple and others that demand is just to high and cannot be filled by humans quickly enough.

AKwyn
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2011-08-01T17:54:48Z

Apparently they're tired of worrying about suicides and potential lawsuits about worker neglect, so they did the logical thing and replace them with robots who don't have to worry about sleep or compentating suicide, they just work.

This is going to be a major blow everywhere, if Foxconn starts to replace it's entire workforce with robots, just think of what the other companies will do! Yes, that means fewer jobs and a higher unemployment rate.

OptimusPrimeTime
2011-08-01T19:17:36Z

Drake_McNasty wrote:

Too bad those robots will go to waste since Apple just started dealing with Pegatron for the iphone5 and ipad3.

"Actually, Foxxcon losing the deal to Pegatron  its what made them want to this. Too bad for all those people that will lose their jobs. I wonder if they even know of this news and if they will protest, and what deos the Chinese gov have to say about it."

"Nice one Paul. they will probably have the Three Laws, since they are aiming at getting Apple back for the Ipad 4 and Iphone 6."

 

  1. A robot may not injure Steve Jobs or, through inaction, allow Steve Jobs to come to harm.

     

  2. A robot must obey orders given it by Steve Jobs except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

     

  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with Steve Jobs.
animatortom
2011-08-02T03:34:34Z

What exactly is the story here? Arent robots in china just called the Chinese labour party!

Workers of the world unite!

All think and act like robots so those select few BS artists at the top can make more money and garner more power! SO join a union today!.........And you will be out of work soon enough!:P