Robots in demand in China as labour costs climb.

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  • #90929
    alanjjohnstone
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    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has let go of some 60,000 workers and replaced them with robots, according to reports. According to a government official quoted in the South China Morning Post, one of the factories run by the contract electronics manufacturer reduced its employee count from 110,000 to 50,000.http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966
    #90930
    Anonymous
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    alanjjohnstone wrote:
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    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has let go of some 60,000 workers and replaced them with robots, according to reports. According to a government official quoted in the South China Morning Post, one of the factories run by the contract electronics manufacturer reduced its employee count from 110,000 to 50,000.http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966

    Foxconn  is the corporation that was under investigation for child labor, and many workers have killed themselves, and workers were sleeping in the premises of the factory.That is the company that is manufacturing the products of the saint Steve Jobs. All capitalists are just a bunch of crooks,  and some workers like to admire and defend  their own class enemies and exploiters.

    #90931
    Ozymandias
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    Oh they love defending their masters esp the royals etc. They deserve all they get. Stupid bastards.

    #90932
    alanjjohnstone
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    About 12 million Thais may lose their jobs to robots and "dehumanised smart systems" over the next 20 years, wiping out one-third of the 37 million positions in the workforce. Administrative and office with basic skills are most at risk from the impact of "Industry 4.0" or the world's fourth industrial revolution, according to a joint study by the Quality Learning Foundation (QLF), Dhurakij Pundit University and the World Bank (WB). Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing will take hold in all industries, said the study. However, demand for computer… http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1034329/technology-imperils-12-million-jobs 

    #90933
    alanjjohnstone
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    There are 9 million people, mostly young women, dependent upon jobs in textiles, garments, and footwear within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic area, which includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. These are the workers the ILO identifies as most susceptible to losing their jobs to the new robot workforce.https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jul/16/robot-factories-threaten-jobs-millions-garment-workers-south-east-asia-women

    #90934

    https://www.nautilusint.org/en/what-we-say/nautilus-news/ai-andy-aids-nautilus-tuc-motion-on-automation/Seriously being looked at by unions now, Maritime union discussing robot ships.

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    Automation has halved average crew numbers onboard merchant ships over the past 30 years, he pointed out, and companies are claiming autonomous vessels could be deployed within a decade.

    This isn't theory.

    #90935

    Here's the TUC resolution:

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    10 The impact of automation on employment Congress notes the growing impact of automation and robotics in many workplaces. Research suggests that as many as 10 million UK jobs could be lost over the next 10 to 20 years as a consequence of technological change in the workplace. In many industries, such developments present profound implications for not only employment, but also the quality of work, training, and safety. In shipping, for example, trials of crewless technology on board a ferry are due to start next year and Rolls-Royce is predicting that autonomous merchant ships will be in service by the end of this decade. Congress therefore calls for the TUC to:i develop a proactive strategy for dealing with the challenges presented by workplace automation and to develop resources to assist member unions in responding to employers who use technology in a socially damaging wayii conduct research on the issues and to produce policy programmes to demonstrate how technology could be used to improve the nature of work and to harness the technological opportunities and make them work for, rather than against, workers’ best interests, and to ensure that the UK workforce is given the training and support to make transitions to new and better jobs and that the productivity gained by growing automation is shared by all.

    https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Congress_2016_Final_Agenda_Digital.pdf

    #90936
    robbo203
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    A sign of the changing times, perhaps,  I came across this peice of infornation recently. "Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who’s Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs" http://fortune.com/2016/12/22/us-china-manufacturing-costs-investment/QUOTE:"Wage and transportation costs are getting higher in China, Cao says. "Compared with four years ago, labor wages [in China] today have tripled," he told China Business Network. Meanwhile, "transportation in the U.S. costs the equivalent of less than one yuan ($) per kilometer, while road tolls [in China] are higher," he added, pointing out that some mid- and small-sized Chinese enterprises have already started moving to Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and Cambodia for cheaper wages and materials."

    #90937

    https://www.newamerica.org/cybersecurity-initiative/blog/chinas-plan-lead-ai-purpose-prospects-and-problems/https://www.cfr.org/blog/beijings-ai-strategy-old-school-central-planning-futuristic-twist

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    What the plan lacks in concrete details, it makes up for in vision and ambition. It depicts a future China overcoming the challenges of an aging population and resource constraints through integrating AI into everything from agriculture and manufacturing to governing and public security. Still, the plan also reveals that China’s opening salvo in the global race to dominate AI will rely on old-school centrally guided economic development. The question is, will it work?
    #90938
    Anonymous
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    Another account of Chinese companies investing in the US by Richard D Wolff – Wolff presents it in a clear and sometimes amusing way, at the same time it is serious and desperately sad for the workers affected:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxB9ZZpwB0M

    #90939
    Anonymous
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    And many Chinese capitalists are  investing in the US due to the high cost of production, it does indicate that labor price in the USA is getting closer to the Chinese labor price, and the working class continue believing in the nonsense of their own exploiters

    #90940
    Anonymous
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    meel2 wrote:
    Another account of Chinese companies investing in the US by Richard D Wolff – Wolff presents it in a clear and sometimes amusing way, at the same time it is serious and desperately sad for the workers affected:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxB9ZZpwB0M

    The Chinese capitalists have  made an offer to the Mexican capitalists that probably they will not refuse if the USA tries to eliminate "NAFTA"China, Russia, Israel, and Iran are doing enormous investment in Latin America. The old days when the USA was the king and able to kick butt to everybody are already gone. This is the century of Chinese capitalism

    #90941
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    By replacing manual labour with lasers, Levi's will be able to finish a pair of jeans every 90 seconds, instead of just two to three pairs an hour. Levi's said the new process is less "labour intensive. The number of steps involved in the finishing process will drop from 18 to 20 steps to about three  CEO of Levi Strauss called the process "the future of jeans manufacturing." http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43217596

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