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iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half its workforce with robots since iPhone 6 launch

The South China Morning Post reports that iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half of its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6. The figures were provided by the local government in Kunshan, where the company is based.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian … 

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: AI, china, Dongguan, Foxconn, India, iPhone, robots
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Ben Lovejoy

May 25th

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Meet Leo, the robot that could make air travel a little less awful

Leo Luggage Robot Geneva Airport
Raise your hand if you hate dealing with airports. As soon as you’re done waiting in line to drop off your luggage, you’re off to a second line to go through the security check and then a third line to wait to board the plane. Add to that restaurant lines and even bathroom lines, and you’re in for an awful experience. Leo the robot might not fix all our problems at the airport, but it might help us avoid at least one of the lines we've all grown to hate.

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Chris Smith

May 19th

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Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure

shademan6HR It’s another victory for the machines: a robotic surgical system outperformed humans and robot-assisted human operators in a soft-tissue procedure, bringing us that much closer to automated medical care (and the robocalypse). Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 4th

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The World’s Simplest Drone Has Just One Moving Part

Last year’s DARPA challenge proved that the more complex something is, the more ways there are for it to fail. This applies to drones just as it does to robots. With that thinking in mind, the creators of the Monospinner took a different approach to drone design, building a controllable craft that flies with just a single moving part: its propeller.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 2nd

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These creepy aquatic robot snakes are straight out of ‘The Matrix’

Robotic Swimming Snake Video
If you thought the Google-owned Boston Dynamics made the world's most frightening robots, think again. Via Gizmodo, a new collaboration between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Kongsberg Maritime, and Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has produced a robotic aquatic snake that really does look like something out of The Matrix. Called the Eelume, the robot was designed to examine and repair underwater structures such as oil wells. This will save money since right now even small underwater repairs are handled by large and expensive vessels that should really only be used to make major repairs.

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Brad Reed

April 19th

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Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

Robot Jia Jia
The state of robotics is seemingly moving at warp speed these days. Not only do we have Google's Boston Dynamics division churning out increasingly adept, capable and nimble robots, we're also seeing a discernible improvement in the likeness robots bear to humans. The most recent example of this comes to us via China where university researchers recently unveiled a realistic robot called Jia Jia. Three years in the making, Jia Jia ostensibly looks like a female adult, complete with facial features that can move (she blinks!), realistic facial expressions and human-like hair. Without question, Jia Jia thankfully helps us forget about that eerie looking Scarlett Johansson robot someone built last month.

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Yoni Heisler

April 18th

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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Long Lost Monster Found in Loch Ness (But Don’t Freak Out)

There’s bad news for Loch Ness Monster truthers, but good news for movie buffs: A recent expedition into the depths of Scotland’s famed lake has uncovered the Nessie replica used in the movie 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

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Sophie Kleeman

April 13th

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If You Have a 3D Printer You Can Make Yourself a Cheap Robotic Lawn Mower

A decent robot mower will set you back a couple thousand dollars, considerably more than the robot vacuum that’s patrolling your living room for dust. But if you’ve got access to a 3D printer and a bit of electronics know-how, you can print and build a robotic mower for a fraction of the cost.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 13th

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