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Foxconn Allegedly Replacing Human Workers With Robots
Techcrunch.com ^ | 11/13/12 | John Biggs

Posted on 11/13/2012 2:47:23 PM PST by Nachum

Foxconn has been planning to buy 1 million robots to replace human workers and it looks like that change, albeit gradual, is about to start.

The company is allegedly paying $25,000 per robot – about three times a worker’s average salary – and they will replace humans in assembly tasks. The plans have been in place for a while – I spoke to Foxconn reps about this a year ago – and it makes perfect sense. Humans are messy, they want more money, and having a half-a-million of them in one factory is a recipe for unrest. But what happens after the halls are clear of careful young men and women and instead full of whirring robots? What happens to China’s “burgeoning” economy?

The original story is short on details but it seems that the robots will work alongside employees and not replace them outright – although some crowding could occur.

(Excerpt) Read more at techcrunch.com ...


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KEYWORDS: foxconn; human; replacing; robots
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1 posted on 11/13/2012 2:47:29 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Oh well it was bound to happen


2 posted on 11/13/2012 2:48:49 PM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Nachum

Oh well it was bound to happen


3 posted on 11/13/2012 2:48:57 PM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Nachum

Oh well it was bound to happen


4 posted on 11/13/2012 2:49:12 PM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Nachum

They are way behind the times for a technology company.

They did this in the oval office four years ago.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 2:51:33 PM PST by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: KevinDavis

SkyNet any one!


6 posted on 11/13/2012 2:51:33 PM PST by crazydad (-` sd)
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To: Nachum

The substitution of capital for labor... what a classic.


7 posted on 11/13/2012 2:51:40 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Nachum

Wait til they get unionized....


8 posted on 11/13/2012 2:52:03 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright ("WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost....Again")
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To: Nachum; Bender2

the unions are already licking their lips. I think we all know who will lead them...


9 posted on 11/13/2012 2:52:38 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: Nachum

Does this unit have a soul?!?!?

10 posted on 11/13/2012 2:53:11 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Nachum

If the robot lasts four years its a good deal.

However a considerable workforce will still be needed to maintain the robots. Having worked with painting robots I personally would choose a good experienced painter any day.


11 posted on 11/13/2012 2:54:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum

I once worked as an HR person for a temp company in a Foxconn plant here in Texas. Only worked 3 days a week yet it was full time! Best paying per hour job I ever had. I’d go back to it in a New York minute.


12 posted on 11/13/2012 2:57:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Nachum

For repetitive work, robots are far superior to humans.

If the materials are consistent, the robots do not make mistakes.

Robots do not take breaks, do not come to work drunk, high or angry after a fight with their spouse. Robots do not doze off, do not daydream, and do not talk to the robot next to them about last night’s Oprah.


13 posted on 11/13/2012 3:00:20 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Nachum
Folks, this has been happening in many industries for decades now. It doesn't damage the economy in the long run, it helps it. A worker replaced by a robot certainly doesn't have much fun, true, but overall, the efficiency gains from factory automation benefit everyone.

Robots are at work on every assembly line and in every factory, and they are a Good Thing.

14 posted on 11/13/2012 3:00:35 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Nachum

Are they sure that somewhere in the 2700 pages of the Obamacare bill there is not the requirement to provide health care for the robots?


15 posted on 11/13/2012 3:01:31 PM PST by NCjim (Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.)
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To: Nachum

If anyone is interesting is seeing the type of assembly robot that’s being used, this is a good example of what the fastest SCARA robots are capable of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5eR0eHknZk


16 posted on 11/13/2012 3:06:04 PM PST by bigbob
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To: NCjim

As soon as the robots are allowed to vote, they will get health insurance.

Health care is something we once had before we had ObamaCare.


17 posted on 11/13/2012 3:07:05 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did they replace you with a robot?


18 posted on 11/13/2012 3:07:31 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: NCjim

>Are they sure that somewhere in the 2700 pages of the Obamacare bill there is not the requirement to provide health care for the robots?

No because robots donf pay taxes. If they did you can be sure Obie would replace the term healthcare with “maintenance contract”...


19 posted on 11/13/2012 3:13:14 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Erik Latranyi

Yes, but will they FReep while at work is the question . . .


20 posted on 11/13/2012 3:13:41 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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