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.
Monthly Archive: December 2016
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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.
Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services. Android.. Source: Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform | TechCrunch
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.