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Foxconn allegedly replacing human workers with robots. With 1 million robots to be exact. - http://tcrn.ch/QEV6qs
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Humans may be prone to errors but they are probably a lot easier to program than these robots. Products tend to have very short lifespans these days which may explain why humans have been the preferred choice. I wonder what (if anything) has changed.
 
I heard they're gonna pay them more than they pay the current workers...
 
They're going to have to reinforce the suicide nets if they expect them to hold up to that kind of mass.
 
If the workers can be replaced by robots what is the advantage of manufacturing in China, you may as well do you manufacturing in a country closer to point of sale, like the U.S. or Europe
 
+Gordon McIntosh There may be some tax advantages. Dunno. There are rumors that Foxconn is planning to build some plants in the US though which makes more sense now.
 
Until they become self aware and embark on a killing spree
 
Have you ever seen Terminator? WE ARE ENDING OUR KNOWN LIVES STOP MAKING ROBOTS!
 
You better stop mocking our future overlords...
 
Soon our iPhones (etc.) will come from factories violating no labor laws - there will be no labor.
 
One day I hope all of the soul-killing crap work is done by robots and 3D printers locally.

Order it online and wait for it to be made locally and delivered by robot courier.

Except I will still never buy anything from #Apple.


 
I'm not clear yet how is 3D printing going to make bulk material processing and transport any cheaper. Don't count on that.
 
Wonder how they'll treat their robots!?  
 
what happens when the robots get tired of their shoddy treatment and revolt? do we send in Keanu Reeves to negotiate?
 
Perfect antidote for Chinese bullying! Way to go! Let's bring back the work to State side. 
 
Well the world runs on cheap labor,would you really pay $1200+ for an iphone or any mobile device. More jobs for them will come in other areas
 
for all neoluddites around there, please read Frederic Bastiat's abundance / scarcity texts...
 
Sucks for all those workers but it was bound to happen. 
 
The biggest company around here, a.k.a. Apple, paid only 2% tax on the foreign income... not bad
 
Robots cannot commit suicide... unless programmed...
 
Humans may be prone to errors but they are probably a lot easier to program than these robots. Products tend to have very short lifespans these days which may explain why humans have been the preferred choice. I wonder what (if anything) has changed.
i have this idea too
 
Someone has to design, build, program, deploy and maintain the robots. These particular robots aren't self replicating.
 
Not too long till those robots start killing themselves
 
"They took our jobs!" Thank you South Park, for giving me a relevant quote from your show.


 
With humans you get riots, with robots you get the robo-apocalypse 
 
Hmm can we make the robots lighter and thinner with an aluminum finish?
 
Actually, robots rarely replace people one-to-one in a production facility. They can, however, boost productivity so high that it seems that way. They can also (and often do) make production less flexible, raising inventory and other costs which offset production cost decreases.

Appropriate deployment of production technology can result in the highest possible quality and productivity at the lowest possible costs. But doing so requires production leadership to introduce technology intelligently, to assist the worker rather than to replace him/her.

Actually, almost every electronic gadget purchased today is assembled using robots-- otherwise it take many hours to place and solder all those chip components onto, say, an iPhone's PCB. Impossible work for human hands, easily performed by robotic pick & place machines found all over China.
 
If you don't give the robots legs they won't be able to jump off the roof.
 
I rather have them do that than exploit cheap labor. 
 
+Mike Miller Machines are much easier to program than humans and products are designed to have short lifespans. The last thing a corporation wants is a product that never needs to be replaced. The problem is they also try and save on costs when implementing new robots into their assembly line. These are some of the problems we face in a monetary system. 
 
But dont complain when u buy ur iWhatever and discover its having factory faults.
 
Everyone needs to listen to Jacque Fresco to understand that technilogical unemployment is inevitable and why it's not a bad thing. Just check him out on Youtube. Type "Jacque Fresco...technological unemployment". 
 
You all realize you're using a machine to post your comments right? 
 
I have a corporation and we would be happy to have products that never need to be replaced. We would just keep researching and building new things.
 
I spend 4 years working in AMD and another 4 in Delphi Automotive.
Having robots in your manufacturing operations does not mean that you can move it any where in the world.  In fact you are even more tied down.  The robots required skilled operators, service personnel and parts.

Any manufacturing plant requires skilled workers, close access to air transport, an entire supplies and support eco system.  Don't expect a plant to suddenly pop up like sore thumbs.

Lastly no unions, the margins are thin enough.
 
+Jose Porto 3D printing won't make transport cheaper but has the potential to reduce the amount it is needed which may actually make it more expensive some what by reducing supply.
 
Why is this a surprise.  Robots are more consistent, faster and can work in very tight tolerances.

 
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