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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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RE: Building your replacment
By bupkus on 11/15/2012 1:30:51 AM , Rating: 1
Give it a rest. You don't need to defend Apple about Foxconn anymore. Simply said, considering the problems here we truly don't care about worker problems in China.


RE: Building your replacment
By Tony Swash on 11/15/2012 6:46:29 AM , Rating: 1
I note you don't challenge any of the points I made. You just don't much like the truth.

Industrial workers in China are a lot better off than their parents. Fact

The Foxconn suicide rate is below the national average. Fact

Foxconn wages are about twice the average industrial wage. Fact

It may be galling but 'dems the facts' :)


RE: Building your replacment
By YashBudini on 11/15/2012 12:29:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It may be galling but 'dems the facts' :)

You can be in the the best most humane torture chamber in the country, doesn't make it a good place to be. Chew on those facts for a while.


RE: Building your replacment
By testerguy on 11/16/2012 5:09:18 AM , Rating: 2
A torture chamber which you have a choice whether to enter, or stay in?

Right... OK.


RE: Building your replacment
By bupkus on 11/15/2012 1:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
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It may be galling but 'dems the facts' :)

Uhh... it may be galling but 'who cares' :)

Fact is, I don't see myself buying anything Apple in the next forever. I wouldn't change that if Foxconn gave their employee "guests" conjugal visits.

Now, before you call me a hater, it's not because I hate Apple, I just prefer the Google way of open sourcing Android. In addition, I would only purchase Nexus devices with repeated Android updates; it's like Christmas every 16 weeks.


RE: Building your replacment
By Twistedbro5 on 11/15/2012 11:51:22 AM , Rating: 2
China doesn't even care about China, their workers can die their people can suffer, they have the money,the military, the numbers, the goods. They will win as the U.S goes over the fiscal Cliff. WW3 comin in the next 20 years max


RE: Building your replacment
By TheSlamma on 11/15/2012 2:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
Have you been reading up on China's economy lately? They are not looking that great and they are losing jobs left and right now. They need money from something also to support their government, we'll see how they hold up.

What goes up... must come down.. spinnin' wheel... you finish it!!


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