Million Robot Revolution Delayed

"Car assembly has long been automated, but some manufacturing still requires a human touch."

“Car assembly has long been automated, but some manufacturing still requires a human touch.”

Let’s hear it for the humans?

via The Singularity Hub:

Terry Gou is CEO of electronics manufacturer Foxconn. He’s also a big proponent of replacing humans with robots in factories. Gou said Foxconn would replace human workers with a million robots in three years. That was three years ago.

Since that first announcement, Gou has indeed pursued robotics, developing his own robotic arms (or Foxbots as they’re called) to replace humans in his automated factories of the future. But his million robot workforce has yet to materialize.

What has materialized?

Earlier this year, Foxconn said it was preparing to deploy 10,000 Foxbots costing $20,000 to $25,000 to make iPhones. It was said the robots could produce some 30,000 devices a year and Foxconn would add some 30,000 robots annually.

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6 Comments on "Million Robot Revolution Delayed"

  1. trompe l'oiel | Oct 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

    Interesting that the word Robot is a descendant of Slavic, Czech and other eastern European etymological roots that each imply ‘slavery, forced labor and servitude’.

    Hand built slaves? what could possibly go wrong?

  2. BuzzCoastin | Oct 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm |

    studies have shown
    properly programmed humans
    are the bestest, cheapest bots available
    problem is
    humans willing to become robots for money
    are becoming harder to find
    at prices acceptable to the oligarchs

    robots gonna take my job?
    don’t throw me in dat briar patch

  3. Simon Valentine | Oct 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm |

    awe, bit off more than the cud, huh?
    too bad.
    you really don’t have the Million Dollar answers, Captain.

  4. Chaos_Dynamics | Oct 15, 2014 at 9:14 am |

    “Due to employee suicides, Foxconn installed suicide-prevention netting and asked employees to sign no-suicide pledges.Workers are also forced to sign legally binding documents guaranteeing that they and their descendants will not sue the company as a result of unexpected death, self-injury or suicide.”

    Non-suicide pledges are unnecessary for automatons. At this time.

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