China's Answer To Inflation: SkyNet - Foxconn Plans To Replace Workers With Millions Of Robots

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Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:18 | 1510901 Irene
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Terminated.  The End.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:21 | 1510915 Bent Nail
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Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:59 | 1511026 disabledvet
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time to pick up your game bent nail:
how about this one?
kinda sums up the whole debt debate doesn't it?

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:24 | 1511337 dlmaniac
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So I guess we should, for example, all throw away our wireless cellphones in order for those cable phone makers to have their jobs back?

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 00:30 | 1511552 Ahmeexnal
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robots need their boots shined too.

that's something humans will be good at.

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 06:45 | 1511879 BigJim
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Good thinking. But why stop there? Think of all the extra employment if we banned shovels and insisted workers used toothpicks to dig holes. While we're at it - ban the internal combustion engine. Think of all the employment created in the booming new rickshaw sector.

Man, this job-creation policy formation stuff is easy!

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 01:07 | 1511633 StychoKiller
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Share and enjoy!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:27 | 1510930 trav7777
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I guess the robots will be the ones moving into those empty cities

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:36 | 1510960 High Plains Drifter
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that should help to increase the size of the chinese "middle class"  ..............

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:46 | 1510991 dwdollar
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I wonder if they will have a "one robo-child policy" or will they be able to replicate freely?

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:01 | 1511269 Bananamerican
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once you've had a robot, baby you'll never go back!!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:19 | 1511133 indygo55
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Will the robots be made by workers or by other robots? Only a matter of time me thinks.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:01 | 1511270 Yen Cross
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 that was a nice post 7777!   Thank you... Some will junk me...


   You made a valid point!

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 03:18 | 1511767 Sudden Debt
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+10 very good point!

I bet that company employ entire cities which will get a pink paper at best for services rendered.





Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:18 | 1510902 BC6
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Let them eat iPad2's biatches!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:18 | 1510903 Diatribe
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In Soviet Russia, YOU replace robots!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:50 | 1510999 dwdollar
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Kind of makes one long for those Soviets...

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:19 | 1510905 knukles
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Ned Ludd was right.

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 06:47 | 1511881 BigJim
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I long for those halcyon days before the wheel destroyed 100% employment.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:19 | 1510906 goldfish1
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Gold Coins Selling Out in Lisbon as Biggest Wager Sees 10% Gain - Bloomberg
Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:06 | 1511290 Yen Cross
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 portugal, spain, iTALY                           aTRAVESTY!!!




                     Let's make smart people answer smart { QUESTIONS}    Like that spike in  AUD?    2012/8-01...

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:19 | 1510907 Infinite QE
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Just in time for Kissinger's planned WWW III as there will be millions more of unemployed Chinese youth looking to do something. Like march into 'merica to collect the debt!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:20 | 1511128 carbonmutant
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US Military 50 Percent Robotic By 2015

Military expert Peter Singer's report to the  (TED) conference

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 23:34 | 1511466 sun tzu
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Will they march across the Pacific or take fishing boats?

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 03:09 | 1511763 Hobbleknee
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They will cruise right into our ports undetected in shipping containers.  O_O

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:20 | 1510908 jo6pac
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Great can they do that here I'm tried of driving into town to get my UI check/debt card and go to the bank. May be Robby can do it for me.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:50 | 1510998 goldfish1
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meet geoge jetson

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:20 | 1510912 goldfish1
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Perhaps the displaced workers may start to terminate those who are making these decisions?

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:21 | 1510913 espirit
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Surprised that moving the whole shebang to Africa wasn't in the works... or perhaps it was.

Maybe when the oligarchs run out of cheap 3rd world labor, Amerika will have hit rock bottom.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:24 | 1510914 Cynical Centaur
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What manufacturer is going to produce all these robots or are they the self-assembling type?

And who is going to service one million robots when they break down. More robots I guess.


And thus man makes himself obsolete.

Now where have I read about, seen or heard of this before... Probably some Sci-Fi book or movie or two.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:25 | 1510924 WmMcK
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Asimov (and the laws of robotics) -- bitchez.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:39 | 1510965 Long-John-Silver
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Could a Robot programed with Asimov's laws serve people Monsanto genetically modified foods?

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:08 | 1511065 Hulk
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People are food...

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:16 | 1511116 WmMcK
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I'd say no, too harmful. Isaac was an optimist/idealist, though.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:33 | 1510938 EHM
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I've heard this fear a million times. Robots don't just eliminate jobs they create new ones. I never imagined I would need to hire a search engine optimization specialist or better yet blog copywriter.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:12 | 1511017 Pay Day Today
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How many search engine optimization specialist roles are created for every 10,000 Foxconn workers laid off? One?

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:05 | 1511286 Bananamerican
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"This look like a job for...UBER MAN!! That brawny broad shouldered capitalist and entrepreneur, that self made man of the panhandle standing astride the socialist welfare state like the colossus of's UBER MAN"

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:43 | 1511376 seanring
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EHM, you're totally correct.  From Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson, Chapter 7 The Curse of Machinery:


Arkwright invented his cotton-spinning machinery in 1760. At that time it was estimated that there were in England 5,200 spinners using spinning wheels, and 2,700 weavers—in all, 7,900 persons engaged in the production of cotton textiles. The introduction of Arkwright's invention was opposed on the ground that it threatened the livelihood of the workers, and the opposition had to be put down by force. Yet in 1787—twenty-seven years after the invention appeared—a parliamentary inquiry showed that the number of persons actually engaged in the spinning and weaving of cotton had risen from 7,900 to 320,000, an increase of 4,400 per cent.


I wish that Barry O' read this passage before he made that asinine comment about ATM machines and the lack of bank tellers (!).

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 06:51 | 1511883 BigJim
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I wish Barry O' had read anything written by Hazlitt. What a different world this would be.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 21:03 | 1511043 Goatboy
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I wouldnt call myself obsolete when machine washes and dries my clothes instead of me, while I enjoy time with friends or observing ZH.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:07 | 1511292 Bananamerican
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"1st they came for the washer woman and i said nothing..."lol

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:22 | 1510917 Goatboy
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Isnt it great? Such moves will force us to rethink how we run economy and whether people are slavish metal screws of global machinery or human beings worthy of life and dignity. Those two are certainly not within factory walls or mine shafts. 

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:28 | 1510936 trav7777
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the libertarians will just tell you you aren't working hard enough

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:48 | 1510963 Goatboy
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Up to a point, yes. But even they will be forced by circumstances of technological reality to sober up, understand and change their 18th century fairy tales.

btw those were not fairy tales way back when.. same with slavery

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:11 | 1511306 Bananamerican
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In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may thrive

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, or say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to do
Nobody's gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs not nothing to do
Some machine is doing that for you

In the year 6565
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long black tube

In the year 7510
If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself and say
Guess it's time for the Judgement day

In the year 8510
God's gonna shake his mighty head
He'll either say I'm pleased where man has been
Or tear it down and start again

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wondering if man's gonna be alive
He's taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain't put back nothing

Now it's been 10,000 years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew
Now man's reign is through
But through the eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it's only yesterday

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 01:12 | 1511644 StychoKiller
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RICH Economy step 1:
"Offer a prize of $50,000/year to any worker that designs a
machine/software/process that will replace him/her.
Offer an additional prize of $30,000/year to ALL OTHER WORKERS
that get replaced.
Answering conservative objections:
1. A machine works 24/7, thereby tripling output immediately.
2. Machines do not take sick leave.
3. Machines are never late for work.
4. Machines do not form unions and constantly ask for higher wages
   and more fringe benefits.
5. Machines do not take vacations.
6. Machines do not harbor grudges and foul up production in sneaky,
   undetectable ways.
7. Cybernation was advancing every decade anyway, despite the
   opposition of Unions, government, and other Alpha males; it was
   better to have huge populations celebrating the reward of $30K
   to $50K/year for group cleverness than huge populations suffering
   the humiliation of welfare.
8. With production rising due to Cybernation, consumers were needed
   and a society on welfare was a society of very meager consumers.

The majority of the unemployed, living comfortably on $30k/year, spent
most of their time drinking, smoking, engaging in primate sexual
acrobatics and watching TV."
When Moralists complained that this was a subhuman existence, Hubbard
answered, "And what kind of existence did they have doing idiot jobs
that machines do better?" -- R.A. Wilson

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 08:24 | 1512027 trav7777
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read ch. 17 Brave New World.  Leisure time isn't a benefit for most

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:29 | 1510943 Mike2756
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Isn't that the way it's always been? Cannon fodder forever!

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:52 | 1511005 Goatboy
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Thats what slaves thought once upon a time, for thousands of years.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 20:22 | 1510919 Pay Day Today
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Did someone forget that the economy is supposed to serve the broader interests of society? Not just 100,000 or so major shareholders spread around the world?

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