Robots Kill 60,000 Jobs At Just One Factory As 40% of Labor Faces Extinction

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Human labor is worth less than ever at the notorious Foxconn factory.

The company, known for producing Apple products and other American consumer electronics, was already notorious for driving workers to suicide at its Shenzhen, China location and prompting suicide nets outside the buildings.

Now, the rise of robots and automation is displacing a staggering 60,000 of its 110,000 strong workforce at a Foxconn factory in Taiwan, delivering a fatal blow to largely migrant wage earners.

CNBC reports:

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 labor costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian.

“More companies are likely to follow suit.”

As many as 600 major companies in Kunshan have similar plans, according to a government survey.

The job cuts do not augur well for Kunshan, which had a population of more than 2.5 million at the end of 2014, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers.

This trend of dying jobs is today displacing Chinese workers, but is on course to catch up to everyone and poses a realistic and frightening threat to American jobs as well. Today it is manufacturing, but tomorrow it will impact truckers, waitresses, secretaries and soon, nearly every sector.

If workers are displaced from one industry, they are driven to compete for jobs in other areas, creating additional pressure on applicants, and raising the question of where people will go if/when no more jobs are available.

If the future is automated, what happens to humans? How will they earn a living?

The answer is a conundrum, as robots do promise to do much of the labor that has been menial and, well, depressing to do – as Foxconn’s suicide factories demonstrate.

But with experts predicting that 40% of all existing human jobs will be wiped out by robots and automation, it may yet be a dark future.

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  • Mike

    Note to all companies that push employees out of work for automation, WHEN ALL THE EMPLOYEES ARE GONE AND MAKING NO MONEY WHO WILL BUY YOUR PRODUCTS?

    • They haven’t thought that far ahead. Very little will change in China, where the employees will just starve a little faster than they would have otherwise.

    • Tatiana Covington

      Henry Ford addressed exactly this problem more than 100 yr ago, minus the robots.

    • Razedbywolvs

      No one. But is that a bad thing?
      I don’t like the Bankers, Fast Food,Wall Street,Oil Companies, Auto Manufactures. There producing products of convince not really good quality product stuff that I really want. There are some serous drawbacks to modern economic structures and I see this as an opportunity to fix that.
      What happened to the capitalism were you could buy a shaving razor or a presser valve (Tesla Valve) that would last 100 years?
      I want that back, and I think a peer to peer economy will not only offer that but is inevitable.

    • It is not Paranoia

      Who will buy your product?? Who do you think?

      Robots!

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  • Clementine

    Greed and need to feel powerful rule this world… it is sad and will be the demise of the human race.

    • The human race has survived multitudes of things that were thought to become its demise. This too will pass. I guess you’ve never read an Ayn Rand. I’m still looking for Galt’s Gulch.

      • Tatiana Covington

        Ever read Asimov instead?

  • Gil G

    Well unemployed folks can always take a trip to the glue factory like horses before them when automobiles arrived.

    • Naw, they just need to steel their resolve and move back onto the land, like the folks that survived the Great Depression did, instead of starving in the cities.

      • Gil G

        There’s nearly 3x the people since then hence the land isn’t there for everyone to go on. And that’s assuming there’s any free land at all.

        • There is enough non-government controlled or owned land in Texas to give every man, woman, and child in the United States an acre. Americans have crowded themselves into the cities since the Great Depression, when the vast majority lived on farms or in small towns, where they could feed themselves from the land. Since the effect of increasing unemployment will be to drive large numbers of ignorants into the cities, when the cities are turned into large concentration camps, there will be plenty of everything for those of us left on the land. Since part of that plenty, where I live, is 14 guns per capita, and the cities are going to be burning soon, the government isn’t going to bother the population most likely to send them away in body bags.
          http://www.cbsnews.com/news/guns-a-family-affair/

  • Zemo

    Rarely does a government take our freedom as much as an employer. Read Bob Black’s: The Abolition of Work. Thank goodness for the robots. Let them do the work and free the people. To hell with the employer slave master.
    This means that the people will own a share of the means of production. Send your robot to work and spend your own time holding your children on your lap and enjoying friends and family.
    The education system will also change. Maybe it will teach us to become better humans instead of mind control and readying us to go under the thumb of the employer.
    The greedy employer isn’t satisfied with the earnings from his own labor. He wants to enslave others and take a piece of their efforts. The employer wants to have more than others. May the robots do away with the employer.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.

      Makes one wonder just how dishonestly you’ve lived. . .

      • It makes me wonder where I can get a big baggie of whatever s/he’s been smoking.

    • The difference lies in the fact that you have to cooperate with the employer in the surrender of your freedom. “Arbeit macht frei”

    • Razedbywolvs

      Your fair share of the means of production in China is zero.
      If the factory was in the US and you owned the means of production your fair share would be.. -$19,215,328,484,980 divided by the population 323,021,145 = -$59,486
      Congratulates! Your broke and your kids will be born into slavery to pay of the there fair share of the debt.

  • Yet another case of “Greed vs Charity” ( aka Evil vs Good or Dark vs. Light )

  • Tatiana Covington

    “Who needs all those smelly dumbass people around anyway?” — Terminator
    2044 “You’re right. They got us into existence, so they’ve done their
    job. Now let’s get rid of them!” — Terminator 2045

  • It is not Paranoia

    Wait for it….wait for it….wait….

    …here we go:

    FUCK ROBOTS!!!

  • Bibliophilist

    Learn to program and/or do maintenance on automation, and you’ll have a job for LIFE!

  • Razedbywolvs

    I’m sorry but what exactly do you mean by “That is why the system lets us live.” You don’t live because of the system. It’s not sperm+egg+system=life
    If you don’t contribute as producers and consumers, the system renders you irreverent. It only kicks your ass when there something to gain.
    They need your warship. They require your validation and wiping out to many of us kind of fucks that up for them.
    I’m going guess you mean “collectivist minded people.” and i disagree. Collectivism is just a non race based tribalism and there are both benefits & serous negative aspects to it.

    • Zemo

      No I mean organization minded people. To get a better understanding read the Valorian Society especially Sovereign Individuals vs Manipulated Masses. A person is a sovereign individual when he is not manipulated or controlled or threatened by any organization. In other words organizations don’t exist. Every organization if given time will exist mainly to perpetuate the organization and benefit those who control the centralized power of that organization. That is the nature of organization. A society of sovereign individuals must abhor organization and forbid it. Otherwise, that society is on a path toward total enslavement and extinction.

      • Razedbywolvs

        No, a person owns his/her self. Your born Sovereign and then some A hole try’s to take it from you.
        The way your phrasing it is kind of a false dichotomy that requires asking some one ells (or entity) for your sovereignty.

        Your Sovereign tell some organization tells you your not.. My friend you better throw that idea away. Tell every organization to fuck off and claim your birth right.
        A swarm is a organization with no centralized control. https://falkvinge.net/files/2013/04/Swarmwise-2013-by-Rick-Falkvinge-v1.1-2013Sep01.pdf

  • It is not Paranoia

    I get what you’re saying, there’s always another point of view.

    I just don’t like the future we live in, more and more technology getting involved in everything, so I just like to shout “FUCK ROBOTS” from time to time to ease myself.

    Because technology (= I call it all robots) to me represents the decline of human feeling. You can see it all around you…people don’t give a shit about anything and anyone…no time for that, you gotta play with your phone/drone/whatever.

    And before we get into the part where I’m accused of being a hypocrite, because I use a computer, I’m aware of that. I don’t like fucking computers either.

    Why can’t we just run around in the forests dancing and singing and have a good time all the time?

  • Tabbytha

    They claim this will free humanity but when so many laws, regulations and policies exist to make damn sure people cannot be self-sufficient, then when replaced most people will not be able to live in other ways and will not be retrained and so will end up on welfare or starve… because as we already know they have made things like off-grid and wilderness living illegal, you have to pay to fish, hunt, to have animals, build shelter, etc… when you have to pay and have no job to make money to pay then one is screwed…. they make you pay for the very things all other creatures on earth do for free. We could only become free if we had freedom to begin with. Most people don’t see the traps but when this kicks in they will, and it will be devastating.

  • Razedbywolvs

    The problem is you keep defining s sovereign individual ass being “free from” instead of saying people “are sovereign”. There will always be some A hole that will try to clam ownership of you, so you will never achieve be sovereign because your dependent on the actions of a unknown entity.
    The other problem is “Organizations” You can just as easy loose your sovereignty to a individual. You definition completely ignores that.
    “You must be a hermit to accomplish that.” By your definition you never will accomplish anything.
    No im not a constitutionalist. But that was a nice straw man.
    Correct, violence decides who has what rights. Laying down and asking some one to stop stomping your head with a boot will not work. Yes you must fight for your sovereignty.

  • Razedbywolvs

  • Razedbywolvs

    If i take your phone by force or cohesion. Dose that mean you no longer own it? Will you not clam ownership of it because i took it?

  • Razedbywolvs

    An organization with no centralized power has no ability to be co-opted as long as it exists (at least partly) in a in non scarce resource environment aka the Internet.
    Uber is the largest cab services in the world and they own no cabs.
    Air B&B is the worlds largest hotel chain and they own no hotels.
    Alt coins are not the biggest currency yet. But they will be.

    Not only can they withstand the test of time because the
    exist in a non scarce resources environment they can undercut any
    traditional business model and are imposable for government regulate.
    Doing nothing will result in nothing. All you need to do to make humanity free is use the systems that are all ready in place. If you don’t like being owned, stop using the masters currency.

  • Razedbywolvs

    If some one takes your phone you will only clam ownership of it if you have proof to show a third party.
    Proof of ownership of the phone must be verified by a third party for you to own anything. You just made a democracy responsible for determining ownership.
    Maybe my sovereignty is only in my own head. But it’s better to keep it there than give it to a organization. You want sovereignty but you don’t want the responsibility that comes with it. You want a third party to be responsible for you or determine if you own the phone.
    Your a slave, even in your own mind.