Well, we all knew this would happen some day. Fellow humans, we had a nice run, but the robotic revolution is now upon us.
It all started in Jiangsu province where 60,000 workers have been replaced by robots at a single Foxconn factory. SCMP reports that this is just part of a larger effort by some 600 companies with factories in the electronics manufacturing hub based around Kunshan to downsize the number of their human employees.
While much of China’s prosperity was built on cheap factory labor at places like Kunshan in the 1980s and 1990s, it appears that flesh and blood workers are beginning to outlive their usefulness with 35 Taiwanese companies combining to spend 4 billion yuan on artificial intelligence research and development last year.
Though the start-up cost may be high, robots have many advantages over humans for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which supplies companies like Apple and Samsung. Robots won’t try to throw themselves off buildings, there are no pesky age or hour restrictions involved and robotic workers sure as heck won’t smoke around the boss.
While this may be bad news for humanity, it comes at a fortuitous time for China’s growing unemployed robot population that recently lost their jobs as waiters/waitresses due to their own incompetence.
Just one final request, Foxconn. Can you please contract this dude to design your robots in the future?