Foxconn Hires 1 Million Robot Workers

If you have disgruntled workers, one sure way to solve the problem is to replace them with robots apparently.

Chinese electronic manufacturing company Foxconn announced it would replace a portion of its workforce with one million new robot workers, according to BGR via Xinhua News Agency.

Foxconn, a major producer of electronics components for Apple, HP, Nokia, Palm and Sony, has gained notoriety recently over a string of suicides from its workers, apparently due to harsh working conditions. BGR also reported that Foxconn began forcing its worker to sign “anti-suicide pledges” that were basically agreements to not sue the company or bring excessive demands (post-mortem?).

While it is unclear how a dead person could sue a company for harsh working conditions, or how it can avoid bad publicity when its workers are dying off, what is clear is that Foxconn has had enough of unpredictable human irritability. The new robots cannot self-destruct or cause bad publicity, but will perform “simple and routine work” such as part assembly and welding.

The Foxconn chairman, who made the announcement at an employee dance party, said the number of robot workers will increase to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years.

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August 05, 2011 at 6:02 pm, tony said:

I used to have a professor of Engineering who mentioned that something like this would happen, so therefore,
what will happen is that the so called companies think that they can get away with poor workforce treatment by replacing people with robot.
Governments should reanalyze this as two-pronged, firstly, do they tax the robots a certain percentage? because of the lost in taxation that happens?
what about the human toll? the lost of work? income? and the family hardships?
and finally,
once the “robots” become smart enough, that is, following Isaac Asimov’s “Robots…” novels, this will turn into a socially sanctioned slavery when the slaves are intelligent , sentient, robots…

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August 05, 2011 at 6:25 pm, Dars said:

Ya know…this is how Skynet got started…

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