Chinese firm halved its costs by replacing humans with robots

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Have you been worried recently about possibility of your job moving to China or India? Well, worry no more.

Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day.

An STO Express spokesman told the South China Morning Post on Monday that the robots had helped the company save half the costs it typically required to use human workers.
They also improved efficiency by around 30 per cent and maximised sorting accuracy, he said.

“We use these robots in two of our centres in Hangzhou right now,” the spokesman said. “We want to start using these across the country, especially in our bigger centres.”

The machines can sort up to 200,000 packages a day and are self-charging, meaning they can operate around the clock.

Manufacturers across China have been increasingly replacing human workers with machines.
The output of industrial robots in the country grew 30.4 per cent last year.
In the country’s latest five-year plan, the central government set a target aiming for annual production of these robots to reach 100,000 by 2020.

Apple’s supplier Foxconn last year replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots, according to a Chinese government official in Kunshan, eastern Jiangsu province.
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Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day | South China Morning Post

If Chinese firm could cut costs by half by replacing humans with robots, just imagine the potential cost savings done by Irish companies where labour costs are several times higher then labour costs in China.

Is it time to start turning off the lights and say a final Good Bye to manual jobs? Are we doing enough to prepare for the impact which will surely hit Ireland in the years to come?

This is not about FUTURE This is happening TODAY.
 


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Who built the robots?
 

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it would certainly raise the question of why Europe is importing millions of low to zero skill people. I'd imagine companies like McD's are working on an automated restaurants for example, they have already started introducing ones where you tap in your own orders and done away with the cashiers and order takers. Farms in Japan are heading towards having 0 manual workers
 

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Tax the output of the robots.

What contingencies are in place for CME?

Only a matter of time before CME happens and all electronic dependent devices throughout this planet are rendered in operable.
 

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Tax the output of the robots.

What contingencies are in place for CME?

Only a matter of time before CME happens and all electronic dependent devices throughout this planet are rendered in operable.
Ive heard people saying that but it sounds insane, had that been done 2 hundred years ago wed all be working in the fields still
 

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it would certainly raise the question of why Europe is importing millions of low to zero skill people. I'd imagine companies like McD's are working on an automated restaurants for example, they have already started introducing ones where you tap in your own orders and done away with the cashiers and order takers. Farms in Japan are heading towards having 0 manual workers
Seen a report the other day where a small fast food chain in the US is trialing robots that flip and prepare burgers and make chips etc etc , they say the robots can do this stuff far more efficiently and hygienically than humans , they were talking in the report about down the line you could see staff-less fast food restaurants. The company trialing the system say the rise in the minimum wage in the US in some states has encouraged them to look at alternatives to hiring staff.
 

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Tax the output of the robots.

What contingencies are in place for CME?

Only a matter of time before CME happens and all electronic dependent devices throughout this planet are rendered in operable.
The output of robots in a factory is taxed.
 

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it would certainly raise the question of why Europe is importing millions of low to zero skill people. I'd imagine companies like McD's are working on an automated restaurants for example, they have already started introducing ones where you tap in your own orders and done away with the cashiers and order takers. Farms in Japan are heading towards having 0 manual workers
Robot Bartender at the Bionic Bar on Royal Caribbean Cruises


Clearly nobody has paid attention to Wargames or Terminator.......I have a couple of experiences with the "cashless" society, a piece of plastic is no use to you are the supermarket checkout when the computer says no.
 

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Will the robots of the future need to be based in China?
 

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If people think the likes of ukip/trump/le pen are bad wait and see what happens if you get rid of the lowest level of workers throughout Europe.
 

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Seen a report the other day where a small fast food chain in the US is trialing robots that flip and prepare burgers and make chips etc etc , they say the robots can do this stuff far more efficiently and hygienically than humans , they were talking in the report about down the line you could see staff-less fast food restaurants. The company trialing the system say the rise in the minimum wage in the US in some states has encouraged them to look at alternatives to hiring staff.
I think I heard that, its the imposition of high costs and taxes on low skill labour that forces this. However If you look at the US also they have supressed labour costs by allowing floods of illegals to keep wages down. if you grow crops intensively why maximise productivity with capital investment if you can get Jesus to work for a couple of bucks an hours illegally. Give it 10 years and if rich americans cant get a Mexican to cut their grass and trim their hedges they will buy or rent a robot that will.
Interesting times, in a time of lowering and ageing populations it has to be a good thing
 

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Ive heard people saying that but it sounds insane, had that been done 2 hundred years ago wed all be working in the fields still
At no time in last 200 years has humanity been more dependent upon electricity and electronic devices.

In 1859, only a few years after the likes of Michael Faraday had solved many of the issues around elector magnetism, the amount of usage of electricity to power things was minute compared to today when a major CME struck Earth.

If what hit in 1859, hit today, you'd see major disruption and shutdown. Not to mention very high replacement costs.
 

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The output of robots in a factory is taxed.
The output of any factory is taxed, irrespective of the number of employees or the use of robots.

At the end of the day, as millions of jobs are being replaced, two things will be lost

1) Peoples income
2) States income (income tax).

So whatever replaces jobs, needs to have tax to help recover both of these.

Also, europe needs to stop worrying about declining population, we need a declining population from an environmental, social and economic perspective with whats comming down the line.
 

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The output of any factory is taxed, irrespective of the number of employees or the use of robots.

At the end of the day, as millions of jobs are being replaced, two things will be lost

1) Peoples income
2) States income (income tax).

So whatever replaces jobs, needs to have tax to help recover both of these.

Also, europe needs to stop worrying about declining population, we need a declining population from an environmental, social and economic perspective with whats comming down the line.
People can do other jobs that robots cant do.
 

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Will the robots of the future need to be based in China?
20 years ago Motorola had 2 robots doing the same job as 100 workers 24hrs a day, and they didn't take smoke brakes....still ************************3d off to the 3rd world though, same as apple etc....greed always takes over once shareholders become involved. Wall street another film to watch !
 

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At no time in last 200 years has humanity been more dependent upon electricity and electronic devices.

In 1859, only a few years after the likes of Michael Faraday had solved many of the issues around elector magnetism, the amount of usage of electricity to power things was minute compared to today when a major CME struck Earth.

If what hit in 1859, hit today, you'd see major disruption and shutdown. Not to mention very high replacement costs.
its not a reason not to do it, its clear we are heading for a nuclear electric economy , part of that would be contingency or protection from solar events
 

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People can do other jobs that robots cant do.
There will never be enough jobs once robots take over manual labour, the only solution then is to completely reengineer society, and give everyone a "living" wage" to buy things and if people want to better themselves then let them at it.
 

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won't it be great when we get to a stage when machines can do all the work, it will be a seven day weekend all the time.
 


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