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Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.

One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post.

Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit."

China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses.

"We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control.

"We will continue to harness automation and manpower in our manufacturing operations, and we expect to maintain our significant workforce in China."

Since September 2014, 505 factories across Dongguan, in the Guangdong province, have invested 4.2bn yuan (£430m) in robots, aiming to replace thousands of workers.

Kunshan, Jiangsu province, is a manufacturing hub for the electronics industry.

Economists have issued dire warnings about how automation will affect the job market, with one report, from consultants Deloitte in partnership with Oxford University, suggesting that 35% of jobs were at risk over the next 20 years.

Former McDonald's chief executive Ed Rensi recently told the US's Fox Business programme a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers.

"It's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making $15 an hour bagging French fries," he said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966


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Well, isn't that a great thing to hear for a lot of concerned people who hate the sweatshops?

If all those workers get replaced by robots, then they aren't in the sweatshops anymore!

Isn't that just terrific??
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The rich will get richer and the poor will remain poor.
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In the future, Robots will have humans to clean their houses...but it will be easy, no beds to make, no toilets to clean, and no food to fix....just lots of receptacles to lube...
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In the future, Robots will have humans to clean their houses...but it will be easy, no beds to make, no toilets to clean, and no food to fix....just lots of receptacles to lube...


Nah just a lot of pesky humans to kill because those darn humans use up too much resources. Once all the humans are wiped the bots can have the planet all to themselves
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Electric Lube Pump...for those demanding applications!
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Well, isn't that a great thing to hear for a lot of concerned people who hate the sweatshops?

If all those workers get replaced by robots, then they aren't in the sweatshops anymore!

Isn't that just terrific??


Yup, less people working in sweatshops! Horray for justice and fair labor practices! /s


Now instead of making a dollar an hour, they're making no dollars an hour!
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Humans Need Not Apply.

Meanwhile I'll sit back and laugh at people that think their job is safe.

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And what no one seems to notice... Who will maintain the robots? It will create jobs in that field as well.

Also, not all jobs can be replaced by robots. Some can only be done by humans. No matter how smart robots can get... They can never have... say creativity that the humans possess. This will simply shift jobs around.
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And what no one seems to notice... Who will maintain the robots? It will create jobs in that field as well.

Also, not all jobs can be replaced by robots. Some can only be done by humans. No matter how smart robots can get... They can never have... say creativity that the humans possess. This will simply shift jobs around.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU

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Dark_Alma wrote:

And what no one seems to notice... Who will maintain the robots? It will create jobs in that field as well.

Also, not all jobs can be replaced by robots. Some can only be done by humans. No matter how smart robots can get... They can never have... say creativity that the humans possess. This will simply shift jobs around.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU



Not sure if that was made to counter me or not... Either way... It was interesting.

He still runs off software, hence no creativity. Ask him to write a book, create a new type of car or plane. Etc. etc. Baxter can't do it.

He has very limited uses outside what he can be programmed to do. Until the "human brain" can be created synthetically... He will still be a basic computer.

This really didn't disprove my point >.< You need to try something else lol.

Edit: most likely we will end up in Ghost in the Shell level technology. Some things cant be recreated.
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Not sure if that was made to counter me or not... Either way... It was interesting.

He still runs off software, hence no creativity. Ask him to write a book, create a new type of car or plane. Etc. etc. Baxter can't do it.

He has very limited uses outside what he can be programmed to do. Until the "human brain" can be created synthetically... He will still be a basic computer.

This really didn't disprove my point >.< You need to try something else lol.

Edit: most likely we will end up in Ghost in the Shell level technology. Some things cant be recreated.


Baxter?

I take it you didn't watch the whole video.

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Dark_Alma wrote:

Not sure if that was made to counter me or not... Either way... It was interesting.

He still runs off software, hence no creativity. Ask him to write a book, create a new type of car or plane. Etc. etc. Baxter can't do it.

He has very limited uses outside what he can be programmed to do. Until the "human brain" can be created synthetically... He will still be a basic computer.

This really didn't disprove my point >.< You need to try something else lol.

Edit: most likely we will end up in Ghost in the Shell level technology. Some things cant be recreated.


Baxter?

I take it you didn't watch the whole video.



All but the last minute. I saw nothing wrong with the vision he showed. It isn't a matter of "if" the bots will take the basic jobs out of the way. It is "when." He stated stuff like scientists, engineers, and other specialized fields can not easily be replaced by robots. This is true. However, burger flipping robots are easy to create.

In time, taking the basics out of the way will allow us to specialize (which he also states in the video). This is in no way unbeneficial unless we keep our heads in our asses and don't try to move forward... No?
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All but the last minute. I saw nothing wrong with the vision he showed. It isn't a matter of "if" the bots will take the basic jobs out of the way. It is "when." He stated stuff like scientists, engineers, and other specialized fields can not easily be replaced by robots. This is true. However, burger flipping robots are easy to create.

In time, taking the basics out of the way will allow us to specialize (which he also states in the video). This is in no way unbeneficial unless we keep our heads in our asses and don't try to move forward... No?


His point was those jobs will inevitably be taken as well (perhaps it will take longer, but many professional jobs already are in some facets). Not everyone can be an engineer and re-owned artist. Humans aren't irreplaceable. There are going to be hundreds of millions of people without a job, and no, they can't all specialize. Specialize in what? Jobs don't magically create themselves.


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Dark_Alma wrote:

All but the last minute. I saw nothing wrong with the vision he showed. It isn't a matter of "if" the bots will take the basic jobs out of the way. It is "when." He stated stuff like scientists, engineers, and other specialized fields can not easily be replaced by robots. This is true. However, burger flipping robots are easy to create.

In time, taking the basics out of the way will allow us to specialize (which he also states in the video). This is in no way unbeneficial unless we keep our heads in our asses and don't try to move forward... No?


His point was those jobs will inevitably be taken as well (perhaps it will take longer, but many professional jobs already are in some facets). Not everyone can be an engineer and re-owned artist. Humans aren't irreplaceable. There are going to be hundreds of millions of people without a job, and no, they can't all specialize. Specialize in what? Jobs don't magically create themselves.




Did a computer engineer exist 200 years ago? No. What about a GMO creator? New jobs will arrive in time... Unless you want to tell me that computers or GMO's always existed and there was a job market for them?
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