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Apple manufacturer Foxconn starts deploying robots to assemble iPhones

Above: A Foxconn factory in the Czech Republic.

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Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn is replacing some of its employees with robots.

Foxconn chief executive Terry Gou announced the news today at a shareholder meeting, according to mobile news site GSDome. A contractor for Apple, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, Foxconn first announced plans to “replace factory workers with robots” two years ago, but the process was severely delayed because of the “high cost of robot deployment,” reports iDownloadBlog. The robots are said to cost as much as $25,000 each.

The move to replace some factory workers with robots follows Foxconn’s lengthy history of worker abuse. The poor conditions have sparked protests, and led Apple to fund improved working conditions in Foxconn factories.

Via: iDownloadBlog.

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21 comments
Gavin Pathross
Gavin Pathross

I'm actually surprised they weren't built using robotics previously...

Saveli Ko
Saveli Ko

I want one of these robots for my house :)

Will Geoghegan
Will Geoghegan

$50 that we have the first "robot" suicide by X-mas, and a "robot" uprising before end of Apple fiscal year.

Will Geoghegan
Will Geoghegan

Robots is "code" for 14-year old girls. Don't you folks know anything?

Kathleen Pacyna
Kathleen Pacyna

Wait until the robots start demanding to be paid in Bitcoin

Milo O'Gorman
Milo O'Gorman

But not enough money to create robots to manufacture cheap tee shirts eh ? *snicker*

Joshua Darlington
Joshua Darlington

If they are not concerned about labor costs, I suppose that opens up the ability to attack other costs like transportation.

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

The article didn't say where the robot factory was going to be. (Most likely will be in the USA.)

Alex Perez
Alex Perez

Fewer human suicides. Robot suicides will increase.

Alex Perez
Alex Perez

How much longer til a robot hurls itself from a building?! Let the countdown begin!

Eric Gonzalez
Eric Gonzalez

Those workers were getting paid too much anways.

Ray Magat
Ray Magat

I guess robot suicides will be on the rise...

Joshua Darlington
Joshua Darlington

robots could bring manufacturing back to the usa. automate the boring jobs. use people for front end interface and creative work that requires long chain cause and effect social cognition.

Will Smith
Will Smith

Is it cheaper than china children?