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Foxconn to Build ''Robotic Kingdom'' in Taiwan

A couple of months back, Foxconn revealed that it had plans to replace a portion of its staff with one million robots in an effort to cut down on rising labor costs. Xinhua News Agency said at the time that Foxconn was already using 10,000 robots. The electronics giant is said to be aiming for 300,000 next year and one million in three years time.

Now it would appear that these plans are inching forward. In late October, the Focus Taiwarn news agency (via Cnet) reported that Terry Gou had signed a letter of intent with Taichung Mayor Jason Hu. This letter outlined Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision's plan to build an "intelligent robotics kingdom" at the Central Taiwan Science Park park in the coming years. Focus Taiwan cites Gou as saying the project is expected to generate an estimated NT$120 billion ($4 billion) in production value in the next three to five years and create about 2,000 jobs.

Foxconn currently employs over 900,000 people in its factories. Gou said in August that the robots would be performing simple tasks such as spraying, welding and assembling. These are all tasks currently carried out by human employees.

  • bin1127
    I actually thought they were building a themepark like legoland. I need my morning coffee now.
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  • webbwbb
    bin1127I actually thought they were building a themepark like legoland. I need my morning coffee now.That would be terrifying.
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  • oasiz
    Combine together and fight!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SdGkkp1aq8
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  • nebun
    let's drink to the end of the world....not....so it looks like all the people will be replaced by robots.....this could be good since they don't really have to pay the robots, initial cost will be expensive but in the end they will make a profit....it really sucks but when it comes to electronics robots are better
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  • alyoshka
    So now we'll have Robots jumping over the balconies?
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  • jivdis1x
    Suicidal robots can be reprogram or repair, human can't. Cost effective moves.
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  • southernshark
    Skynet
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  • psychobob
    Foxconn 2015:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f2ELaWP2BwY/TfLReHfPdKI/AAAAAAAAAKY/gDzrOfQY1Bw/s1600/The%2BSecond%2BRenaissance.jpg
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  • spookie
    haha it would be realy funny if the robots get suicidal!
    (old news, I read this a few days ago on a normal south african news site..)
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  • jecastej
    alyoshkaSo now we'll have Robots jumping over the balconies?
    Bender?
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