Foxconn (Electronics Manufacturer) To Hire A Million Robots Over The Next Three Years

August 1, 2011


Foxconn, the electronics manufacturer best known for making Apple's iPhones and iPads (but who also manufactures electronics for Acer, Amazon, Asus, Intel, Cisco, HP, Dell, Nintendo, Nokia, Microsoft and Sony), plans to "hire" over a million robots in the next three years to replace the humans currently handling the "menial tasks". MENIAL TASKS?! I'll show you a menial task! *picking marshmallows out of Lucky Charms one by one*

First reported in Chinese newswire Xinhua, Foxconn chairman, founder, and CEO Terry Gou apparently announced at a "workers' dance party" on Friday that the robots will replace some of the routine tasks currently performed by humans, like spraying, welding, and assembling.

Gou also said Foxconn already has 10,000 robots and that the number will increase to 300,000 next year and one million in three years.

But according to the Financial Times, Gou's message didn't come out right. Although the implication was that robots would soon replace workers at the company, apparently Gou meant to communicate that the robots would relieve workers of menial tasks--in the past, Foxconn employees had complained of being treated like robots.

A MILLION robots. Can you even imagine that? I can't. Or, more specifically, I don't want to. *begins sketching out sabotage plan on the back of a napkin* Also, WTF is a "workers' dance party"? Because that sounds like a pretty shitty morale booster sweet political party. Dammit, I want a president who can breakdance!

Report: Foxconn to Replace Humans With 1 Million Robots? [pcmag]

Thanks to Bear and david, who [reference something really clever from Vonnegut's 'Player Piano' so everyone thinks you're smart].

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