Foxconn will replace some workers with 1 million robots within 3 years

Foxconn will replace some workers with 1 million robots within 3 years
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has said it will replace some of its workers in the next three years, replacing them with 1 million robots.

The company, most notably known for manufacturing iOS products among thousands of other devices, has 995,000 employees in the Chinese mainland, and another 200,000 elsewhere.



By replacing human workers with robots, the company will curb rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, says chairman Terry Gou (via xinhuanet).

Foxconn has been in the news in the past year due to a string of suicides by workers.

Average line workers at the factory make about 900 yuan ($140 USD) per month.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 1 Aug 2011 2:46
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  • 19 comments
  • hikaricor

    What happens when the robots start killing themselves?

    1.8.2011 03:04 #1

  • attar

    Originally posted by hikaricor: What happens when the robots start killing themselves? No problem, the annual hatch of pod-people will provide replacements.

    1.8.2011 05:49 #2

  • Hyasuma

    another million of ppl outta jobs,

    1.8.2011 07:38 #3

  • Mysttic

    then a lot of people complain about the homeless in the world. fine I can see being allowed robots to assist with labor force, but there should honestly be set standards as to how many.

    1.8.2011 13:28 #4

  • ThePastor

    I'm thinking that it would be appropriate if the robots ran Android.

    Unfortunately for them, all Blu-ray protections have been broken and BD rips can be found around the Internet, usually before the retail even hits shelves.

    1.8.2011 16:04 #5

  • harhumph

    I'm thinking I will go out of my way not to purchase any products they touch then. Soon 85% of all people around the world will be poor, homeless or contemplating suicide. F this company, this planet continues to expand it's human population to no end and available jobs continue to shrink, eventually a breaking point will be reached.

    1.8.2011 16:16 #6

  • Frogfart

    So this means that poor Chinese workers are to expensive to be employed by Fuxconn. So who will make the expensive robots to replace the mega expensive Fuxconn workers? Whats the next impoverised country to be shafted by Fuxconn and Crapple?

    1.8.2011 18:02 #7

  • DXR88

    Originally posted by harhumph: I'm thinking I will go out of my way not to purchase any products they touch then. Soon 85% of all people around the world will be poor, homeless or contemplating suicide. F this company, this planet continues to expand it's human population to no end and available jobs continue to shrink, eventually a breaking point will be reached. yes history books from the future call it WW3. i always find it funny we can build a bomb that can crack the planet in two. but we cant feed the hungry, we cant find alternative fuels that they can still tax to hell. we cant build or repair new roads,we cant pay our old, we cant fund new schools. but by god we can build trillion dollar weapons with the only goal of destroying are own planet.

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    1.8.2011 18:08 #8

  • Future Progress (unverified)

    Originally posted by Mysttic: then a lot of people complain about the homeless in the world. fine I can see being allowed robots to assist with labor force, but there should honestly be set standards as to how many. Or eventually transition out of the idea that "Everyone has to Work for Money" paradigm and enter an era where most work/labor is carried out by robots, while freely providing the basic necessities of life without a price tag. This will leave time for people to pursue their passions (which may not have yielded them money before), spend more time with friends/family, and overall create a much richer society/world.

    Putting standards on how many robots can displace workers would only slow down this goal and further prolong this current path to destruction.

    1.8.2011 18:13 #9

  • DXR88

    Originally posted by Future Progress: Originally posted by Mysttic: then a lot of people complain about the homeless in the world. fine I can see being allowed robots to assist with labor force, but there should honestly be set standards as to how many. Or eventually transition out of the idea that "Everyone has to Work for Money" paradigm and enter an era where most work/labor is carried out by robots, while freely providing the basic necessities of life without a price tag. This will leave time for people to pursue their passions (which may not have yielded them money before), spend more time with friends/family, and overall create a much richer society/world.

    Putting standards on how many robots can displace workers would only slow down this goal and further prolong this current path to destruction.
    keep dreaming.

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    1.8.2011 18:21 #10

  • bobiroc

    Originally posted by hikaricor: What happens when the robots start killing themselves? It will be like battlestar galactica and they will just download to a new robot


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    1.8.2011 18:40 #11

  • ddp

    Frogfart, vietnam is were they are going to for cheaper labor then chinese.

    1.8.2011 20:23 #12

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by DXR88: Originally posted by Future Progress: Originally posted by Mysttic: then a lot of people complain about the homeless in the world. fine I can see being allowed robots to assist with labor force, but there should honestly be set standards as to how many. Or eventually transition out of the idea that "Everyone has to Work for Money" paradigm and enter an era where most work/labor is carried out by robots, while freely providing the basic necessities of life without a price tag. This will leave time for people to pursue their passions (which may not have yielded them money before), spend more time with friends/family, and overall create a much richer society/world.

    Putting standards on how many robots can displace workers would only slow down this goal and further prolong this current path to destruction.
    keep dreaming.
    Yeah...you don't really think that the rich would give away all the money that they saved by replacing people, do you? Anyway, in a world like the one you described, robots would have to be self replicating...and that is never a good idea.


    2.8.2011 00:43 #13

  • xaznboitx

    I use to here for them in TX and it wasn't hard unless they treat you like slave at other locations. Cinram in TX treats you like slaves and get break 1 per day and lunch counts as break. Cinram used to be motorola company in TX.

    2.8.2011 13:58 #14

  • numscull

    The trouble with robots is that they don't purchase anything nor pay taxes. Same problem as the people displaced by the robots. And the vicious cycle goes on.

    2.8.2011 15:09 #15

  • Tracywa

    Originally posted by Hyasuma: another million of ppl outta jobs, poor workers...can't believe what will happen if the workers replaced by 1 million robots..

    2.8.2011 23:23 #16

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by Tracywa: Originally posted by Hyasuma: another million of ppl outta jobs, poor workers...can't believe what will happen if the workers replaced by 1 million robots.. With a bit of luck maybe they will finally do something about their government...there is actually already a running revolt in China.

    2.8.2011 23:42 #17

  • Frogfart

    Originally posted by ddp: Frogfart, vietnam is were they are going to for cheaper labor then chinese. Thanks for the reply. Cambodia needs jobs and money too. Or is that why Jobs and crapple need Cambodia as well?

    4.8.2011 18:13 #18

  • ddp

    cheap labor maybe.

    5.8.2011 22:38 #19

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