Foxconn Aims To Replace Human Workers With Robots In The Coming Years

Foxconn is one of the largest manufacturers in the world. The company makes iPhones, laptops, tablets, many smartphone models and has contracts signed with many tech giants. The company resided in Taiwan but the majority of its factories are based in mainland China. The company employs more than 1.2 million people and has numerous assembly facilities where different gadgets are made by humans. But human workers at Foxconn could soon be replaced with robots.

Foxconn plans to automate its labor force and has a plan made out of three phases. Dai Jia-peng, the general manager of Foxconn’s automation committee, explained that the company made a three-phase plan aiming to replace human workers with Foxbots, robots made by Foxconn. Each phase will replace more and more human workers. The first phase should automate the work that’s dangerous for human workers to do it, and tasks that include repetitious labor. The second phase will improve efficiency while at the same time reducing the number of excess robots in use, the final, third phase will automate entire factories, “with only a minimal number of workers assigned to production, logistics, testing, and inspection processes.”

Foxconn plans to achieve 30 percent automation in its Chinese factories by 2020, the company already managed to automate away 60,000 jobs at one of its factories. And since manufacturing giant is at the moment able to build around 10,000 Foxbots a year, it seems that plans for 30 percent automation aren’t looking as unachievable as it first seemed.

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Replacing human labor with robots is becoming a reality, but it won’t be easy to accomplish this ambitious goal. The company has 1.2 million employees, most of them working in Chinese factories. The Chinese government is giving away incentives for human employment in the country. Governments of Chengdu, Shenzhen, and Zhengzhou, areas where Foxconn has the largest number of its factories, gave away the company billions of dollars in infrastructure, bonuses, and affordable energy plans. Automating a bigger part of its workforce will mean Foxconn won’t be able to enjoy in its privileges once the process of replacing humans with robots commences.

Additionally, there’s a problem of where all those human workers will go, will they find a job after Foxconn replaces them with robots. And since other manufacturers from China will definitely follow Foxconn’s lead, the question arises, asking will robots soon replace humans at almost every job where a robot can work better, faster, and be more productive than a human.

We are at a brink of the next industrial revolution, and are closer and closer to making it happen with each year, but do we have a plan dealing with all the unemployed humans the next industrial revolution will certainly bring? Can we find jobs for all those people who will soon lose their jobs? And do we even realize how complicated and delicate this issue is?

We may soon see robots building electronic devices, cars, almost anything, but will people who’ll lose their jobs due to robots have a chance to work somewhere and earn much-needed money? Only time will tell.

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