Foxconn hires robots to assemble iPhones in China

60,000 jobs reportedly eliminated in a city near Shanghai.

From the South China Morning Post:

Thirty-five Taiwanese companies, including Apple’s supplier Foxconn, spent a total of 4 billion yuan (HK$4.74 billion) on artificial intelligence last year, according to the Kunshan government’s publicity department.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian.

Think Liam, in reverse.

3 Comments

  1. Richard Wanderman said:

    I knew Siri seemed distracted lately (not working well for me for about a week now). She’s busy training robots.

    Skynet is on the horizon…

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    May 26, 2016
  2. Gianfranco Pedron said:

    I’m sure Apple’s critics will be pleased now, knowing those 60,000 released “slave” labourers will finally be able to return to the family farm and live a more normal life of 16 hour days, seven days a week, sleeping on a bale of hay while eeking out a subsistence. [Slow applause…]

    .. or maybe those liberated workers will find work in a sweatshop that doesn’t make stuff for Apple and disappear from critics’ radar.

    On a more serious note, perfecting automated production lines in China could bring Apple one step closer to repatriating some assembly back to higher wage parts of the world.

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    May 26, 2016

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