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More evidence that human labor force is being destroyed

The worst kept secret of Apple and its Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn isn't their poor labor conditions. It isn't even the fact that they use robots to help bring together all the pieces that make up an iPhone. It's that their robots are now performing more and more human-like functions.”

Foxconn parent company Hon Hai is set to deploy an army of 10,000 assembly-line robots to help meet the demands of producing the highly anticipated iPhone 6. Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou revealed in a recent shareholder meeting that Apple would be the very first customer of Foxconn's latest robots.”

I wouldn't be surprised if sometime in the next five years, robots will even take care of the final touches, ...”

Some analysts see this trend toward robotics transforming labor markets globally. Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation, says the push towards automation is happening much faster than people realize. 'Within a couple of decades,' said Brain in an interview, 'there won't be a single job that robots can't do better than humans.'”

The shift to automation will undoubtedly lead to substantial productivity gains for companies, but as that happens, jobs will be increasingly at risk.”

Larry Summers, former U.S. Treasury secretary during the Clinton Administration and former head of Obama's National Economic Council, predicts technology will have a profound effect on the average employee. 'We are seeing less and less opportunity for what average people — people lacking in certain skills — are going to be able to do,' ...”

'Right now, there's a big process of automating all of the warehouses in the United States. It used to be you had people running around picking stuff out of warehouses and putting them in warehouses,' [...] 'That whole process is going to be pretty much completely automated within the next couple of years. No one really pays attention to it because warehouses aren't in places we normally go. But that's going to happen.'

Producing some of Apple's products is already an almost completely automated system. In 2013, the company began producing its Mac Pro at the Flextronics Americas factory in Northwest Austin. They may get to engrave 'Made in USA' on their products, but some argue it does more harm than good. 'It's located in Texas, which makes everybody feel good,' said Brain, 'but it's not providing any jobs.'”

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I asked him about the move of Apple to produce computers in America, by bringing back in the US the production from China for the first time after decades. 'How's that?' And the answer was the expected one, although quite impressive: 'Wages are of no importance. The export of productive processes from America to China (off-shoring) was only an intermediate stage. The production has returned to America, but not the jobs. The new factory of Apple, not only is constructed without American workers' sweat, but will also produce MacBook Pro through complete automatization, without hiring Texans. Welcome to the New, Brave World', ended with a smile, referring obviously to the Brave New World of Aldous Huxley.”


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