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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army 303

Posted by timothy
from the good-robot-goooood-robot dept.
kkleiner writes "Foxconn, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that builds numerous mobile devices and gaming consoles, previously said the company would be aiming to replace 1 million Foxconn workers with robots within 3 years. It appears as if Foxconn has started the ball in motion. Since the announcement, a first batch of 10,000 robots — aptly named Foxbots — appear to have made their way into at least one factory, and by the end of 2012, another 20,000 more will be installed"
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Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

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  • by Infonaut (96956) <infonaut@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @01:20PM (#41969567) Homepage Journal
    The next thing you know, they'll be using robots in automobile and aircraft factories!
  • Great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by daem0n1x (748565) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @01:36PM (#41969851)
    I can only be happy when humans are replaced by machines to do repetitive, menial and hazardous tasks. In the future, nobody will have to do things like that. People will enjoy a comfortable life with lots of leisure and plenty of time to do things that make them fulfilled, instead of slaving for 16 hours a day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @01:37PM (#41969867)

    In light of such a system, where the few who own the means of production are capable of disenfranchising and exploiting all others, I propose an alternative economic system that the Chinese can implement, in order to prevent the exploitation of the common man by the wealthy. One where the means of production are owned by the state, which represents the collective will of the people...

    Oh, wait a minute...

  • Re:Great (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @01:46PM (#41970033)

    I can only be happy when humans are replaced by machines to do repetitive, menial and hazardous tasks. In the future, nobody will have to do things like that. People will enjoy a comfortable life with lots of leisure and plenty of time to do things that make them fulfilled, instead of slaving for 16 hours a day.

    I expect without Star Trek replicators, the future will rather instead look like that two-part episode of DS9 where Sisko went back in time and ended up in the ghetto. You know, the ghetto, where the vast masses in your utopian vision will end up, whilst the privileged few complain about the eye sore from their comfortable life of leisure.

    Robotic labor alone isn't going to unseat our economic system.

  • by pkbarbiedoll (851110) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @01:46PM (#41970037)

    When all of the low-skill repetitive jobs are replaced by robots, and there is no work for the millions of displaced workers they are going to find unexpected ways to spend their forced leisure time, such as developing a newfound love of pitchforks, machetes, rope and guillotines.. and an unhealthy obsession with the "Job Creators" who created a new life of misery for them.

  • Re:Taiwanese (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Krneki (1192201) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @02:12PM (#41970493)
    And the USA is England colony. But now younger people in USA prefer to call themselves "Americans" rather than "British".
  • by daem0n1x (748565) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @02:13PM (#41970505)
    I guess that's what happened with mechanisation of agriculture and the invention of the assembly line here in the Western countries. We live a life of misery, now. We were so much happier working 18 hour shifts in a shitty factory or plowing from dawn to dusk!
  • by magarity (164372) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @02:19PM (#41970613)

    Keep dreaming; labor costs are a pretty small part of the problem with manufacturing moving overseas. Chinese factories staffed by robots will still spew untreated toxic waste into their rivers and skies. Until everyone there either dies of exposure or they clean up their act, they'll have a huge price advantage.

  • Re:Great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by blind biker (1066130) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @02:26PM (#41970757) Journal

    I can only be happy when humans are replaced by machines to do repetitive, menial and hazardous tasks. In the future, nobody will have to do things like that. People will enjoy a comfortable life with lots of leisure and plenty of time to do things that make them fulfilled, instead of slaving for 16 hours a day.

    In an equitable world, yes, that would be the outcome. In a world where artificial scarcity is created, one where you "must work in order to earn a living", there will be a huge unemployed and poor minority, or even majority. I do hope that the former scenario folds out. But looking at the american society, where people would rather be poor than not have someone even poorer to look down on, where they would rather everybody pays onerous student loans for most of their productive lives, because "I had it tough, so it's only fair that everybody else, in perpetuity, has it", where they'll "move to Canada" because of Obama's healthcare reform... well, it doesn't induce much hope.

  • by twistedsymphony (956982) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @02:52PM (#41971241) Homepage
    "robots" aren't smart, by definition they simply perform per-programmed repetitive tasks; they're just a piece of hardware following some software instructions. You're thinking of an "automaton" which is a self-operating machine. When most people think "robot" they're actually thinking of the stereotypical sci-fi Android, which is an automaton with human characteristics. When manufacturers say robot they mean... robot, not android, not automaton... robot

    Robots have been used in manufacturing for years, both in the US and abroad. In general though manufacturing moved off-shore because the human labor was so cheap it was even more cost effective than buying and maintaining robots domestically. If China is moving towards robots it only means that their human labor force is no longer cost effective, and will likely mean that a lot more manufacturing will move back to being domestic (the cost of running a robot locally is hardly different than the cost of running a robot off-shore). About the only reason to continue manufacturing in China at that point would be the proximity to the production of other components (which will likely become less of an issue over time) and availability of raw materials (which varies from industry to industry, country to country).
  • by pnutjam (523990) <slashdot@@@borowicz...org> on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @03:47PM (#41972173) Homepage Journal
    We've already mechanized much of our manufacturing. The US still manufactures more then almost any nation, we just don't employ that many people to do it.

    Automating a production line that is understood and mature is easy. Developing a production method is costly and hard to do fully automated.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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