Foxconn is working with Google to replace workforce with robots

By Shawn Knight
Feb 11, 2014
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  1. Foxconn, better known to those in the US as Apple's key supplier, has many clients around the world but most would likely be surprised to learn the company has quietly been working with another industry giant since last year according...

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 761   +178

    Robotics are the future. Unfortunately, greed will always retard their advancement.
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed Newcomer, in training Posts: 97   +20

    Ironic. Google's robots making Apple products.
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 868   +285

    He who automates, profits. The only thing greed has to do with robotics is how fast they eliminate humans from the work force. This is great stuff for engineers, business owners and us finance types. But for the millions upon millions of people who will be finding themselves up the creek without a paddle when their manufacturing job gets handed to an army of Karels, it's a pretty bleak picture.

    Not so ironic. The vast majority of big firms use parts, equipment, services, and/or labor from competing organizations to get their products out the door. It's a mutually beneficial relationship. These days, the company name on the product only conveys who owns the patent.
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  5. Long live robots! Hope they'll have the money to buy Google products ... =))
  6. First Companies in 'rich' places outsource jobs to 'poor' places since it was much cheaper to build. When those places are become 'rich' they outsource the jobs to robots. Soon many goods will be produced at great profit however no people will be able to afford them.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,228   +329

    Thus coming the Pink revolution... :)
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +51

    Let the skynet jokes begin.

    Would you imagine putting those thousands of workers out of job? In any part of the world, that can break economies.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,210   +524

    Maybe Foxconn will start putting double anti suicide nets around their buildings. Imagine if those expensive robots start feeling the heat like some of the unfortunate human workers did and took a running dive out of a window, it could work out pretty costly for them. XP
  10. It really is a moral dilemma. Most people are not "necessary" so what kind of value or job would you place on these obsoleted flesh bots. It seems like the US solution is a welfare, police state with some BS healthcare thrown in. Take your pick from being a moocher, criminal, policeman, or insurance bot.
  11. "Ironic. Google's robots making Apple products."

    That is what we called business.. and don't forget Foxconn not just responsible for manufacturing apple products, they also responsible for manufacturing products from Acer, Blackberry, Sony, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Nintendo, etc
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,079   +1,182

    Two names I go out of my way to keep from supporting. I wasn't expecting Apple at first, make it three.

    Even though I'm not here to provoke a negative response, go ahead and say I'm trolling. It won't hurt my feelings, not in this topic.

    Edit:
    Damn typos, I hate reading my own responses later and seeing more than two errors. :/
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014
  13. Renrew

    Renrew TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 222   +16

    I'm wondering how many robots will buy I phones. I still refuse to use automated check outs.
     
  14. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,572   +41

  15. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 364   +66

    This just means china will no longer be needed for their work force. If I won a product and the biggest clients are in the USA, I will just place my plant with robots in wyoming or Idaho where the land is super cheap. In return my buyers will get a cheaper phone.
  16. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 563   +96

    There is a Luddite growing inside of me.


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