One of China’s first unmanned factories in the city of Dongguan recently replaced 590 of its workers with robots and the results were astounding. While the factory used to be run by 650 employees, only 60 of those people still work at the factory and their primary job is to make sure the machines are running properly, not working on manufacturing.

The Changying Precision Technology Company focuses on the production of mobile phones and uses automated production lines. The robotic arms produce certain parts of the mobile phones at each station and the factory even makes use of autonomous transport trucks.

Though 60 is a shocking amount of people to be running and monitoring a whole factory, the trial for the robots is going so well that the general manager, Luo Weiqiang, said that the number of human employees may even drop to 20 someday.

Since the shift to robots, pieces per person per month has risen from 8,000 to 21,000—a whopping 250% increase. While some may argue that quality of the product will decrease with the use of robots, this doesn’t appear to be the case either. The number of product defects has decreased from 25% to just 5%.

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This company isn’t the only one to make the change from humans to robots, especially not in China where the Made In China 2025 initiative aims to apply technological advances to production, which includes using robotics. 

It’s unclear what this shift means for factory workers in the nation, but it’s not looking positive for those demanding fair working conditions and wages. The change to robotics comes at a time when the climate around factory workers is becoming volatile, even inciting strikes in several different areas. While quality and production are great for those purchasing the products, humans need jobs and they deserve to work in a humane environment. As more robots take the place of human factory workers, one can only hope that those workers turn to a more stable job where they can’t be replaced and they aren’t mistreated.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. This is a very fascinating article, however you site an example of a homeless mother’s baby dying as reason for humans needing jobs. This is a tragic story, and my heart goes out to the family, however I feel like you are conflating the issues. I would say that the linked tragic story points out a dire need for social welfare, to ensure that the base necessities of life are always available to all people. The fact is that the traditional view of jobs will change, and is rapidly changing now. Many jobs are disappearing and will never return. What this means has yet to be determined, however some are looking to a Universal Basic Income as a stop gap for the time being. http://basicincome.org/basic-income/ This would at least ensure that all citizens of a country are not falling into such dire circumstances.

    • Only if people will volunteer to be sterilized. Otherwise, ‘you only get more of what you pay for’ (humans in this case), and due to ‘Jevon’s Paradox’ there will be no decrease in per capita consumption – it creates a spiralling syndrome feedback loop, until the system crashes.

      • spiraling syndrome? you must be munching on loads of tax dollars with inherited properties! No wonder, european goat fuckers are not going to accept giving any relief to anyone even to their own race as long as they are getting all the money!….Maybe its time to resurrect hitler or temochen or stalin to put you thugs in place…lol

        • Johnny B., I admit that I can be dense at times, but I swear that your comment makes no sense. If you don’t know what a behavioral syndrome or a feedback loop is then look them up. It is a system of amplification where the output of the system increases and serves as the input for the same system, which increases even more, and then continues to repeat until there is a structural failure within the system. Turn up the volume on a PA system and then hold the microphone in front of the speaker; the result is a feedback loop. Move that to a biological context, and there you have it. What “goat fuckers” have to do with anything, I don’t get it. But then people who use “lol” are typically the same ones who use “like” in every sentence, or else “uh um”. So much for cogent civil discourse.

    • Neo malthusian nonsense. The more capitalized the economy, the more well paying jobs will emerge, UBI will kill jobs and condemn people to voting for criminal clans, called politicians.

  2. Previously the factory had 650 employees that produced 8,000 items each (pieces per person) which equals 5,200,000 items (650 x 8,000). Now it has 60 employees producing 21,000 each which equals 1,260,000 items (60 x 21,000). So the factory is now producing approximately one-fourth as many items as it used to.

    So, 60 people did not replace 650 – 60 people are now producing 1/4th as much as the 650 people used to.

    • At the Same time instaed of 25% being defective, now only 5% are, a decrease of 20%

      Using the numbers:
      Human Workers: 8000-2000 = 6000(x650) = 3,900,000 (Non-Defective)
      Robot Workers: 21000-1050 = 19950(x60) = 1,197,000 (Non-Defective)

      • You’re totally right. And they’re also not taking into account the cost of the robots, the difference in salaries between the original factory workers and the new (I assume more highly trained) workers, and on, and on. It’s really almost impossible to conclude anything from this article because it simply doesn’t have enough information. It picked one piece of information (650 jobs vs 60 jobs) and headlined it but the article is basically useless.

        • Again, your problem solving skills suck. 60 IS NOT A VALID MULTIPLIER. There are more than 60 robots doing the work. There are 60 *workers* maintaining more than 1 robot a piece. How many robots… we don’t know, the article didn’t say. Therefore there is not enough information to be able to calculate the numbers for your comparison and because of that your analysis is shite.

          That having been said…. robot workers are the enemy of society.

          • My ‘analysis is shite’?

            The *article* headlines “250% production increase” (pieces per person per month) which it got by using the 60 workers vs 650 workers.

            *I* was saying that the article doesn’t have enough information to make a meaningful analysis

          • I think the headline should read PRODUCTIVITY increased. PRODUCTION actually decreased. And to the person who said “per person mean ‘per robot”, that doesn’t make any sense if you care what words mean.
            Here’s the line from the article: “Since the shift to robots, pieces per person per month has risen from 8,000 to 21,000—a whopping 250% increase. ”
            So, production was: 650 ppl x 8,000=5.2m per month
            now: 60 ppl x 21,000=1.26m per month
            Production is way down even though “productivity” is up, because productivity refers to production PER WORKER.

          • Hi Barbara. No my friend, your analysis is not useless, because you are trying to create a rationale. So I really appreciate that. I recommend for ALL of us a book, which can be read for free, which address all of this things related to tech and society. U ll love it. U can see it here “http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2422980.The_Best_That_Money_Can_t_Buy”

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    • Incorrect. per person mean ‘per robot’. Hard to figure out, but this line reveals it: only 60 of those people still work at the factory and their primary job is to make sure the machines are running properly, not working on manufacturing.

  3. Far from me the desire to piss on robots BUT when pretty much all jobs are done by machines, how exactly are humans going to get by?! Is the world going to see massive unemployment and poverty?! How is that progress?!

    • Google ‘universal basic income’

      However, political short-sightedness will keep that from becoming a reality until long after it’s needed. we’re going to have some hard times for our blue collar workers in the next decade or two.

    • “Is the world going to see massive unemployment and poverty?”
      No. It is going to see massive death. Sorry, but that is the truth.

  4. Humans don’t need jobs, they need money. By job I mean a place you go for 8 hours and do work whether you like it or not. Humans need activities.

    • the factory has an increase of 250%, thats enough to keep paying the workers, and still make more profit,
      sorry if my spelling isnt correct, i am dutch :).

    • What the humans do is of little matter. What we really need is for them to spend money on the goods that are being produced. If there are no more jobs then where will their wages come from? A levy on production. I see no other way.

      • see my other reply, if the workers without a job dont get payed , then the factories are useless, because the people couldnt buy those products.

    • also, human don’t need money, we need the things that money bring to us, and now thanks to technology, including AI, we have abundance. money is still used to dominate the mass, and nothing more than this. #RBE

  5. Fewer people with income providing the ability to purchase a product now more generously available. Soon the productivity of a robot will be subject to an income tax.

  6. The managers at the factory no doubt believe that they will not be replaced by robots. As Artificial Intelligence advances, they will be in for a rude awakening.

  7. But anglo race would still not dare to attack China because these little midgets are going to over run that over bloats sack of fags bending over against Russia already by bringing the bitch of Russia to Power.

  8. “Humans need jobs” or else what exactly? There’s nothing wrong with machines replacing labour, the issue is that the machines will be owned by the rich and not the people. People left without work won’t have money to spend, without money to spend sales will drop.

    Famous economists predicted that work hours per week would drop to 15 hours from the average 40, but such is not the case. As long as all required positions are being filled, there is no “human need to work,” rather, humans need money to live.

    Humans are already selling their time and attention to advertisers, it would only be fair for some of the revenue to be diverted from executives living in luxury to those who need it the most

  9. If only the workers could use these robots to get their wages at a level where they would sustain equilibrium instead of making the rich richer…

  10. well on one side I find it cool that jobs(or heavy work) are replaced by robots. But the negative impact on the workers is too big, I guess…maybe those companies could help workers to develop some other skills before kicking them out. Communicate with them and find some sort of solution. It could be also with the help of the government…just brainstorming…cause personally I care about what happens to these people after they loose their jobs?

  11. “Since the shift to robots, pieces per person per month has risen from 8,000 to 21,000—a whopping 250% increase.”
    So they have 60 people doing the work that was done by 600. I would expect to see the pieces per person to rise accordingly, if the monthly output was the same: about 80,000 pieces. Sounds like production has dropped by 75% using their numbers.

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