Monthly Archive: December 2016

Foxconn to fully automate its factories #automation #robots

Apple’s main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to eliminate human workers from its Chinese factories in three phases —something already complete at some locations, a manager with Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee revealed on Friday. Source: Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate factories in three phases Automated systems are now cheaper than workers….in China.

taxi, car, automobile

Automatic Self Driving Uber cars in San Francisco

One step closer to totally a totally driverless service. Source: Self-Driving Ubers Are Now Picking Up Passengers in San Francisco Automated systems are finding applicability even in very complex environments, such as driverless cars. Automated taxis may eliminate jobs of many drivers, depending on customer acceptance and how wide spread their deployment.

Panasonic introduces automatic checkout scanning and bagging systems

Adds more automation to the retail services industry: “Panasonic is introducing convenience-store checkout machines that can scan and bag items on their own, joining Amazon in the push for retail automation.” Source: Panasonic Takes Item Out of Bagging Area: Human – WSJ This is a side effect of raising labor+benefits costs to greater than the costs of automated systems.

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