Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots'


#1

Foxconn is the corporation most well known for installing suicide nets on the outside of it’s buildings in China.

bbc.com/news/technology-36376966

**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.**

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#2

re: China, especially, the long range result of the “one child” cruelty is that there will not be enough workers in proportion to retirees.

re: the US, it is misguided to raise the minimum wage above the level that the market will justify. They always depict a single mom, struggling to raise 3 children, and say she needs more money. They fail to take into account that they could better assist her and her family in other ways, without pricing the 16 year old out of the job market. Even a low wage job is excellent training for teenagers, but not if the job is lost due to robots being cheaper than $15 an hour.

I suspect many of the college students who have to cancel their final exams because they happened to see a poster for a politician they disagree with, never had an actual job. Many of them did only “Summer Youth” programs, or Work Study, stuff like that.


#3

Replacing man with machine is part of capitalism; it has existed since the 1850s.

Machines don’t have children, need insurance or retirement, don’t go on strike, and can be junked when they stop working. That’s just the cold hard truth.

The minimum wage is a separate issue. However, the Aussies seem to do just fine, with a MW twice ours (USA).

ICXC NIKA


#4

Machines are also better suited to repetitive tasks in much of manufacturing. They are cleaner, don’t need sleep or lunch breaks, and can be reprogrammed for new tasks faster. This does not have to be bad for people, unless people fail to use other talents that machines will never have.

100 years ago we needed 25% of the population to produce food–now only 1%. Monday was wash day and it took all day to do a family’s laundry by hand. I don’t see any volunteers for a return to that.


#5

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