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« on: August 01, 2011, 05:36:31 PM »

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Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots in 3 years
SHENZHEN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday.


The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers, said Gou at a workers' dance party Friday night.

The company currently has 10,000 robots and the number will be increased to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years, according to Gou.

Foxconn, the world's largest maker of computer components which assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, is in the spotlight after a string of suicides of workers at its massive Chinese plants, which some blamed on tough working conditions.

The company currently employs 1.2 million people, with about 1 million of them based on the Chinese mainland.
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 05:38:27 PM »

It will be interesting to see what systems we have in the future, who will work if robots start doing everything? Will there be enough jobs? What macroeconomic effects will the introduction of robots give?
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 05:39:15 PM »

Clearly prostitution will be on the rise.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 05:39:55 PM »

someone will need to lube the robots,,,,,so for every 30 I can see one person taking care of them,,,its been like this forever
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 05:52:04 PM »

Clearly prostitution will be on the rise.
Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 05:52:59 PM »

Clearly prostitution will be on the rise.
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cant really blame the business owner though


blame society as a whole
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 06:03:13 PM »

I had the luxury of being in Shenzhen early this year touring the Foxconn complex. There are huge nets on every building there to catch the folks that jump out of the windows trying to commit suicide.
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 06:04:37 PM »

No robot can replace a muscle escort!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 06:05:46 PM »

I had the luxury of being in Shenzhen early this year touring the Foxconn complex. There are huge nets on every building there to catch the folks that jump out of the windows trying to commit suicide.
Wow  Shocked, why is it such a big problem there? Are the working conditions that bad?
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 06:12:14 PM »

And the MATRIX world begins
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 06:18:53 PM »

eventually there will be only robots left of us, and that will be the humans.

maybe we are simply destined to become a silicon based AI life form , just part of evolution of advanced enough species.

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 11:07:51 PM »

you have been watching too many movies
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2011, 12:14:13 AM »

In the future we will all have our own robots that go out and work and earn money for us, freeing up our time so that we can post on getbig all day.
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2011, 12:15:33 AM »

Eventually the rich will become richer and the poor will become poorer.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 12:29:42 AM »

I had the luxury of being in Shenzhen early this year touring the Foxconn complex. There are huge nets on every building there to catch the folks that jump out of the windows trying to commit suicide.
That's no lie!

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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2011, 12:30:34 AM »

Eventually the rich will become richer and the poor will become poorer.
Welcome to today.
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2011, 12:34:14 AM »

Eventually the rich will become richer and the poor will become poorer.

Depends on where you live.

There are still "lands of opportunity" where almost anyone can turn himself a millionaire even overnight...
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2011, 02:38:33 AM »

eventually it will be like iRobot. Robots does all work. All humans on goverment support/wellfare.  Grin
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