iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots
Foxconn to get automated in next 3 years
The world's biggest computer components vendor plans to replace nearly its entire factory workforce with robots by 2014.
Foxconn, which makes kit for Apple, Sony and Nokia, said it would cut loose staff and reduce labour costs by automating spraying, welding and assembling jobs at its factories in China, where harsh working conditions have been blamed for a series of suicides at the company.
According to a report on official Chinese news agency Xinhua, which quotes Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou, the firm currently has 10,000 robots working on the production line.
Foxconn plans to increase that number to 300,000 over the course of the next year, and hopes to have 1 million robots effectively running the show by 2014.
It currently employs 1.2 million meat-based workers, with the majority of them based in mainland China. ®
But why is the rum gone?
This sounds like a joke article.
The cost of automating so much production at once will bankrupt whoever tries it.
PS: it kind of completely destroys the reason why the factories would be in China in the first place.
So, the labour pool can be superceeded by automatons that can easily perform the mundane physical tasks. This throws countless millions into unemployment.
I suppose eventualy, middle management and administrators in both the private and public sector, will become redundant as smarter programmes manage and administrate more efficiently than their error prone counterparts.
Why can't someone invent a robot that can procrastinate, lie and bullshit? Then we can sack all the politicians as well!
I was thinking pretty much the same thing...
The whole plant comes to a standstill and the last thing heard was...
"I have a terrible pain down all the diodes on my left side" :)