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Foxconn And China Turn To Robots

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows visitors watching a robot display during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Asia in Shanghai.
(STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows visitors watching a robot display during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Asia in Shanghai. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Foxconn Technology Group, a supplier to Apple and Samsung, has reportedly replaced tens of thousands of workers with robots in factories in China. A recent report in the South China Morning Post claims that one factory “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots.”

Meanwhile, Foxconn has denied that the robots it is using will mean job losses over the long run. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti takes a look at China’s heavy investment into robotics with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic.

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