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Foxconn working with Google on robots

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Feb 2014 19:43 User comments (10)

Foxconn working with Google on robots Foxconn, one of the largest manufacturers on the planet, has been secretly working with Google on their robotics dreams, says sources.
The sources claim that Foxconn has been working with former Android boss Andy Rubin, who now heads up the robotics division at Google. To be able to speed up deployment from their factories, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou recently met with Rubin to discuss the new technologies.

Rubin is said to have asked the chairman to "help integrate a technology company that Google is acquiring as Foxconn's strength lies in mechanical engineering."

Google has been not-so-quietly building a massive robotics division, acquiring eight robotics companies in the last year, most notably Boston Dynamics.

Fans of 'Terminator' need not worry, however, as the reports claim that Google is working on robots to help with electronics assembly manufacturing and to also better compete in retailing (potentially drones), not looking to create AI. Google would create a robotics operating system, taking a head start in the industry.

Foxconn shares the same goals, and has long said it would like to replace a significant portion of its million workers with robots.

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10 user comments

114.2.2014 12:30

Foxconn. Isn't that the same company that hangs nets next to their buildings, to discourage workers from jumping :S I imagine Foxconn DOES wanna employ robots!




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215.2.2014 16:58

The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Feb 2014 @ 16:58

316.2.2014 0:42

Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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416.2.2014 5:48

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Know when you're well off. If you don't like your job, get another. That's my philosophy; take it or leave it.

516.2.2014 12:40

It's awesome to have such technology in the hands of a Chinese manufacturing company. No way they will share (steal) information with the government.

616.2.2014 17:12

no, the government will just take over the company thereby getting the information that the company wouldn't share with them.

717.2.2014 2:42

Originally posted by blaster4:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Know when you're well off. If you don't like your job, get another. That's my philosophy; take it or leave it.
Yes, whatever ideologue, I get it, it's an opportunity to get on your soapbox and rant.

But 'lack of gratitude' is not the reason they're developing robots roflmao... get back to your story books... both of them.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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817.2.2014 4:16

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Know when you're well off. If you don't like your job, get another. That's my philosophy; take it or leave it.
Yes, whatever ideologue, I get it, it's an opportunity to get on your soapbox and rant.

But 'lack of gratitude' is not the reason they're developing robots roflmao... get back to your story books... both of them.
they are developing robots cause they get paid lots from google for the work and underpay the workers.

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917.2.2014 15:18

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Know when you're well off. If you don't like your job, get another. That's my philosophy; take it or leave it.
Yes, whatever ideologue, I get it, it's an opportunity to get on your soapbox and rant.

But 'lack of gratitude' is not the reason they're developing robots roflmao... get back to your story books... both of them.
OK I get it. Insult somebody who disagrees with you. Go back to reading your ONE book.

1018.2.2014 1:50

Originally posted by blaster4:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by blaster4:
The employees who were constantly moaning that they were being overworked will have lots of leisure time now that their jobs are going. Bet they're wishing they had kept quiet now.
WTF? Seriously?

Yes, be grateful to your overlords. LOL.



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Know when you're well off. If you don't like your job, get another. That's my philosophy; take it or leave it.
Yes, whatever ideologue, I get it, it's an opportunity to get on your soapbox and rant.

But 'lack of gratitude' is not the reason they're developing robots roflmao... get back to your story books... both of them.
OK I get it. Insult somebody who disagrees with you. Go back to reading your ONE book.
No, it's ME that disagrees with YOU lol.

But it's true, I am fed up with people with a simplistic political agenda that they push no matter how irrelevant it is to the situation. And it's not opinion it's common sense... even if those ungrateful "constantly moaning" drone peasants worked for just room and board, and were perfectly compliant and submissive, they would STILL develop robots to replace them. You just fail at economics, commerce and even history mate. You would probably number amongst those that called Henry Ford a Communist rather than the prudent innovator he was... know why?

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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