Foxconn To Employ One Million Robots Within Next Three Years

Foxconn To Employ One Million Robots Within Next Three Years

To those of you who scoffed at Steve Wozniak when he said that machines will one day take over as superior beings, leaving us humans as the “dogs of the house,” take note: It seems Woz’ vision is very much becoming a reality for some Foxconn workers, who are set to be replaced by robots over the next three years.

The Foxconn factories in China are where many of Apple’s popular gadgets are assembled, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod. It already employs 10,000 robots, in addition to 1.2 million people, however, its human workforce seems set to reduce significantly over the next three years, according to Xinhuanet, as one million robots are brought in to take their place:

The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers.

Though its unclear how many workers these robots are set to replace, they will undoubtedly leave a large number of Foxconn workers unemployed. However, they are expected to cut labor costs and increase efficiency at the plants, which have recently received a lot of negative press for their poor working conditions and a string of employee suicides.

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  • Mathias Grelck Johnsen

    This is the way it goes and SHOULD go. The more people in crisis, the more people will seek alternatives such as The Venus Project. :)

  • ChasMac77

    Very few if any will lose their jobs because Apple wii continue to up production. Robots will help but they will still have dificulty meeting worldwide demand.

  • SimonBannister

    I just paid $22,87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38,76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • jackxp7

    The Taiwanese company, which manufacturers laptops, mobile devices, and other hardware for Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Sony, plans to replace factory workers with more than 1 million robots, according to a state news agency Xinhua report. Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, told employees at a dance Friday that the move is designed to improve efficiency and combat rising labor costs.
    http://www.technews5.com/2011/

  • John Ramirez

    I dislike the fact that they want to replace people with robots, I understand that a robot will probably do a good job, but I worry about the unemployed workers.. even when I go to the grocery store I always go to the cashier and opt out of using the automated cash out process, It really concerns me, we’re already in a severe state where unemployment is ridiculously high… very sad news.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    If robots are doing all the work, why does the production plant have to be in china?  Why can’t we hire an american company with a million robots to make the apple components?  Thnk of the american tech jobs that would be created to maintain that fleet of robots?  It would be a win win for Cupertino and California.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Because Apple is a cheap bitch who wants to keep profit margins at it’s absolute maximum. Jobs doesn’t give a crap about Americans he only gives a crap about getting more American Benjamin’s in his pocket.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    WTF are you blabbering about??

  • iHate_Is_Back

    I guess Terri Gou is running out of employees to beat up and mentally rape to the point of suicide.  I hope all the automation that rich cunt buys blows up in his fat pig face.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

  • FardanNaeem

    i learned from this article that there are chances that Android might be able to secure a better place for itself in the tablet market, and not lack behind like other competitors of Apple. this article is more like a tablet market scenario http://tablettechtoday.com/blo

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