The benefit of robotics is that it can replace the need of human labor in various segments of manufacturing. Despite the cut throat pay that Foxconn offers its manufacturing workforce, the gadget producing behemoth of the east has begun installing robots to replace its current oxygen breathing, warm blooded employees.
Foxconn revealed awhile back that it will begin replacing its human employees with robots, but it was not until recently that the robotic arms and legs, amounting in several thousands, began making their ways to the factories.
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According to Foxconn, the company plans on deploying 10,000 robots to replace 10,000 to 20,000 workers. Within three years, the number of robots will increase to 1 million, thus, ousting somewhere around 1 million workers.
Blandly dubbed as the ‘Foxbots,’ these human replacements will help to suppress attacks from workers’ rights organizations and their accusations of poor employee treatments. Financially for Foxconn, the move to install robots will cost the company a fair amount. Each robot costs Foxconn somewhere between $20,000 to $25,000, and that’s about three times the annual salary of an average worker. Also, take into account the maintenance of the robots, and that means Foxconn has a big bill to pay.
In the long run, however, Foxconn will ultimately save itself the trouble of having to deal with worker complaints, negative media coverage, and wage increases.
Singularity Hub reports that Foxconn employs approximately 1.2 million people, and the installation of 1 million robots will essentially lead to a massive layoff of employees. Or maybe Foxconn will keep the majority of their work force and give them all raises for being such dedicated and loyal servants. Who really knows…