Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday.
The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers, said Gou at a workers’ dance party Friday night.
The company currently has 10,000 robots and the number will be increased to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years, according to Gou.
Don’t get us wrong. It’s probably better that a robot spray chemicals onto your iPad than a worker do it and risk getting sick. But considering the reputation that the company already carries, it makes you wince just a little bit knowing that they’re going to replace all those workers who got huge raises to discourage their suicides with robots. And they’re doing it because it’s affecting their bottom line.
EDIT: Note bolded phrase in middle of story.