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One of Foxconn's new robots  (Source: singularityhub.com)
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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Still pushing this falacy?
By Shadowself on 11/14/2012 6:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


Did Jason write this part of the story for you?

The NYT recanted the story citing Mr. Daisey (the original NYT story's primary source) as saying that his account was purely theatrical in nature. Several independent investigators (not associated with Apple, Foxconn, NYT or Daisey) reported that the vast majority of Mr. Daisey's report was fabricated. Investigators interviewed most of the people he "quotes" and found out that literally everyone of them claimed they were either misquoted by Mr. Daisey or were never interviewed by Mr. Daisey at all. He simply made it up because, as he put it, "It's good theater." The NYT ran with the story based upon his fabrications then had to take it all back.




RE: Still pushing this falacy?
By Azethoth on 11/14/2012 10:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but all that smoke did actually lead to a real fire. Apple really has been pushing Foxconn to improve work environments, employees really did get poisoned / committed suicide etc.

Just because this one guy lied / exaggerated, does not mean the gist of it was wrong. Apple really did come under fire and that article started it, rightly or wrongly.


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