September 19, 2017

TR Tackles Automation and Work Issues

foxconn

Technology Review is featuring a series of articles related to businesses integrating humans, robots, and algorithms into their operations. One theme that catches the eye is based on Foxconn’s plans to replace factory workers with industrial robots, a plan that was announced last year. Foxconn’s Chinese operations provides electronics manufacturing services to Apple and other leading tech companies, and services a considerable chunk of the consumer electronics market worldwide. From a business perspective, the benefits of automation are obvious: this is cheaper in the long term since robots can work longer hours than humans, do not ask for wages or…