Friday, November 16, 2012

One Million Robots: Our Replacements Have Arrived

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Nicholas West
Activist Post

In the ongoing debate as to whether robots will help or hurt the job market in the U.S. and overseas, some concrete answers are beginning to appear.

Foxconn is a Chinese electronics manufacturer of mobile devices and gaming consoles. The company has been the target of negative news lately about work conditions that have led to mutiny and suicides. They are a supplier of Apple, Kindle, Xbox 360 and others, so the spotlight has been shining.

Now it seems that Foxconn would like to replace these troublesome humans demanding rights and fair pay with robots.

The first fleet has arrived ...

Foxconn's plants have the population of entire cities; the largest is known as "Foxconn City" and is estimated to have upwards of 450,000 workers and covers 1.6 square miles. The Foxconn plants are together responsible for the assembly of 40% of the world's consumer electronic products. What happens at Foxconn should signal a trend for what is likely to happen elsewhere. (Source)

As Singularity Hub reports, Foxconn's president Terry Gau did not hide the fact that his company was seeking to replace parts of his human force with robots; he indicated last year that he intended to replace 1 million workers within 3 years:
It appears as if Gou has started the ball in motion. Since the announcement, a first batch of 10,000 robots — aptly named Foxbots — appear to have made its way into at least one factory, and by the end of 2012, another 20,000 more will be installed. (Source)

International pressure on Foxconn seems to be a valid excuse for human replacement rather than actual fundamental policy changes. Globalization and outsourcing have forced American companies doing business overseas to account for some of the human rights abuses occurring there.

There is no doubt that robots are changing the world; it is an industry that is growing magnificently. In China alone the industrial robotics market has grown 136% in three years between 2008-2011, with an additional 15% projected for 2012. This trend is leading to predictions that by 2014 China will become the world's top consumer of robotics as well.

With such outstanding results in both production and consumption beginning to transform China's economy, will this force a "reshoring initiative" in America as some proponents of robotics suggest? Or is this merely the first salvo fired against the increasingly expensive employment and management of the human race?
Robots can often perform complex or difficult tasks impossible for their human counterparts, and can also improve energy efficiency — a top priority in China’s developing economy. In addition, as education rates rise, fewer young people may be happy to work in basic labor jobs, especially when improved healthcare means that working-age Chinese people may also have to support their ageing parents. (Source)
While robots are still being sold as replacements only for menial jobs that humans supposedly don't want, there is every indication with the rise of artificial intelligence that we are likely to see more skilled jobs going to robots in the future. And with advances in autonomous robots, even the current corporate management who seeks to replace their employees might one day find themselves out of a job.

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Life has always been something that could have gotten worse and even been eradicated---if you let it. It appears the fetish for electronics and the belief in evolution, a particular faith it seems, will bring mass death.

Paul Panza said...

Foxbot Assassin (Robocop) the new ground-based drone coming to a neighborhood near you.

Anonymous said...

Let robots do all the work and humans reap all the benefits.

Anonymous said...

If you are not needed to produce stuff to make life easier or better, then what would be your porpose? One that comsumes must have the money to buy it, if you don't produce how do earn a living? You don't, so you are not needed & you are put down with the others who don't produce!

People better wake up fast or face a bunch of wild eye nuts who feel humans are no more than cattle!

Anonymous said...

The only humans who will reap all the benefits are the banksters. The rest of us will be deprived of income and hence become impoverished and dispossessed.

Anonymous said...

So when everyone's job is replaced by robots who's going to buy all the crap the robots produce?

Anonymous said...

probably robots

Anonymous said...

It is the end of money and the time to support it's replacement which is the resource based economy. An article on the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project would be nice to inform people on.

Otherwise you can look at these three links.

www.TheVenusProject.com
www.TheZeitgeistMovement.com
www.ZeitgeistMovingForward.com

Anonymous said...

Amazing how we seem to live inside a cheap sci-fi flick nowadays. Who knew The Terminator was a prophecy?

On the other hand, that's the stunning power of our imaginations. No machine will ever replace us, i don't care how strong or fast it is. Only in a sick world that's obsessed with some elusive goal of 'progress' could this be seen as an improvement.

Anonymous said...

The people becomes robots then create robots in their likeness. They are like machines already so naturally this looks like an improvement. They think, therefor they are not

Malcolm Sperry said...

There are only two ways to create the value represented by a dollar bill; earnings on the sale of one's labor in the labor marketplace & earnings on investment or "profit". Even taxes are downstream from these two. If workers only means of sustaining themselves is thru the sale of their labor, labor that is being rapidly diminished thru the rapid onslaught of robotics & automation, then the only way left to sustain themselves is 'earnings on investment, or profit'. Workers must now becomes capitalists. Quite simply, there is no other way. See: http://howtorescueamerica.org/supercapitalism.html

Usor said...

"Anonymous said...

Let robots do all the work and humans reap all the benefits.
November 16, 2012 7:25 AM".............. You foolish child. The only benefit you will reap is the grave.

Usor said...

The use of robots has done nothing but put people out of work and onto the scrap heap. it will be the demise of humanity - a literal putting of us all into the grave by the so-called elite who own the factories and whom "run" the government - tell them what to do.

Anonymous said...

this is the future and we better get used to it, no fear here, just a way of breaking the work slave cycle

Anonymous said...

Foxconn is not a mainland Chinese company, as this article would make you believe. It is a Taiwan-based company:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn

Anonymous said...

Robots to wipe the chinese bottoms...

Anonymous said...

Ya. That's what I've been wondering.

Anonymous said...

Who's going to make all the robots that make all the goods?

Anonymous said...

let's China invade taiwan to save us from "terminator".OH no, I forgot the treatises. USA must protect Taiwan from China.Therefore let's use robots to dominate the world and become again a serious powefull Empire....

Anonymous said...

ACME

Anonymous said...

Get down to basics here. What do you actually need to live? Can a community of humans provide the basics of life in an easy way? Can your community can provide food, shelter, medicine and education with out the need to import junk from across the globe? The scourge of unemployment can be countered with local production of your real needs. Get to work.

Anonymous said...

The answer is simple, stop being slaves now! We go to work to enrich other people's wallets and wait for a piddly paycheque every couple of weeks? Gimme a break, revolution is needed.

zelectron said...

Fortunately there will be several hundred million robots because a significant category of human beings has no desire to have a whatsoever activity , another spends his time vituperate about everything and nothing and a third pretended to work hard, maybe there are other categories ...

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