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One of Foxconn's new robots  (Source:
The electronics manufacturer will receive another 20,000 robots before the end of 2012

Foxconn plans to replace 1 million of its human factory workers in China with robots, and the first 10,000 have already been installed.

At least one Foxconn factory in China has received 10,000 robots for the purpose of replacing human workers. These robots, which were manufactured in house and are called "Foxbots," are capable of doing simple tasks like lifting, making selections and placing items where they belong. They will act much like assembly line robots.

According to Singularity HUB, each robot costs about $20,000-$25,000.

Last year, Foxconn President Terry Gou said he wanted to replace 1 million factory workers in China with 1 million robots. This was likely due to the number of problems Foxconn has had with human employees over the years. 

The company came under fire earlier this year when The New York Times published a massive article on the working conditions of Foxconn factories. Apple was also targeted because the report mentioned Apple's lack of action when receiving reports on these poor working environments and overtime/pay issues.

Foxconn gave employees a pay boost earlier this year and is cleaning its act up slowly but surely to comply with audits. 

But it seems Foxconn just doesn't want to deal with human employees at all anymore. While it will take a long time to replace all 1 million workers with 1 million robots, the electronics manufacturer will receive another 20,000 robots before the end of 2012 -- bringing its total to 30,000 for the year. Foxconn hopes to continue increasing this number over the coming years. 

Source: Singularity HUB

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RE: Building your replacment
By sheh on 11/14/2012 4:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if these worries aren't ultimately like 19th century concerns about horse manure filling the streets of the cities in the future 20th century.

When manufacturing is fully automatic goods will be cheaper. People can work in other things. In controlling, in thinking. If it's cheap enough, perhaps not work at all. Rise of the workless society, or at least optional work.

RE: Building your replacment
By Mitch101 on 11/14/2012 7:34:09 PM , Rating: 3
That is until these robots start jumping out the windows too.

RE: Building your replacment
By Ish718 on 11/15/2012 1:12:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yes! That is why we need robots with emotions.

By inperfectdarkness on 11/15/2012 2:24:24 AM , Rating: 2
i'm glad SOMEONE said it. i was about to ask if chinese robots come pre-programmed like marvin the paranoid android.

RE: Building your replacment
By Mr Perfect on 11/16/2012 12:34:54 PM , Rating: 3
That's why they're bolted to the floor. You can't do that with humans, even in China.

RE: Building your replacment
By drycrust3 on 11/15/2012 1:23:19 AM , Rating: 2
When manufacturing is fully automatic goods will be cheaper. People can work in other things.

The problem being there may well be no "work in other things" because that "other things" has become automated as well. The "fully automatic" doesn't just mean "fully automated welders" or "fully automatic production line" soon it will mean "fully automated management" as well. See those programs like MYOB? How long do you think it will be before these types of programs are doing all accounting?

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