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China and Robots......

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#1 West

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:51 PM

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

The machines are cheaper than human workers and are also more efficient and accurate in sorting out parcels, spokesman says

 

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, 12:10pm
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A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.

 

The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) Express was shared on People’s Daily’s social media accounts on Sunday.

 

The video showed dozens of round orange Hikvision robots – each the size of a seat cushion – swivelling across the floor of the large warehouse in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

 

A worker was seen feeding each robot with a package before the machines carried the parcels away to different areas around the sorting center, then flipping their lids to deposit them into chutes beneath the floor.

 

The robots identified the destination of each package by scanning a code on the parcel, thus minimizing sorting mistakes, according to the video.

 

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

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.”

 

Although the machines could run around the clock, they were presently used only for about six or seven hours each time from 6pm, he said.

 

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.

 

Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence

 

Apple’s supplier Foxconn last year replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots, according to a Chinese government official in Kunshan, eastern Jiangsu province.

 

The Taiwanese smartphone maker has several factories across China.



#2 oldtimer

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:55 PM

wow



#3 West

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 02:23 AM

The next phase of outsourcing....

 

its real.

 

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#4 JPPT1974

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:59 PM

Yeah it is for real indeed. Robots taking over the universe.



#5 West

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:42 AM

That's the huge risk China faces....All those jobs that have been outsourced to China are not coming back to the American Worker....In fact, they are not coming back to the Chinese Workers as well......

 

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#6 jetlord

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:11 AM

There must be good jobs in the robot design and development business.  Maybe in manufacturing them as well unless the assembly is done by other robots.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:16 PM

yes sir...Let's not forget the software code used to make the robots run.

 

 

Great jobs out there if you look with a keen eye.

 

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:32 PM

yes sir...Let's not forget the software code used to make the robots run.

 

 

Great jobs out there if you look with a keen eye.

 

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A degree in Women's Studies or French Literature probably won't get one of those jobs.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:37 PM

Probably Not.... :lol:

 

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:16 PM

A degree in Women's Studies or French Literature probably won't get one of those jobs.

unless....

 

can they make robots into french maids?


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 12:07 AM

unless....

can they make robots into french maids?


That's where the real riches lie.

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 06:17 AM

unless....

 

can they make robots into french maids?

 

:lol: :lol: ., I'll have some of that shit..,



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:06 PM

What does a robot do after sex?

 

 

 

 

Nuts and bolts.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

What does a robot do after sex?

 

 

 

 

Nuts and bolts.

A good one would get up and fix breakfast.



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:58 PM

A robot walks into a bar, orders a drink, and lays down some cash.

Bartender says, "Hey, we don't serve robots."

And the robot says, "Oh, but someday you will."



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:15 PM

A degree in Women's Studies or French Literature probably won't get one of those jobs.

Yet still people rail against common core mathematics which is meant to accelerate understanding of maths and allow students to leap forward in their abilities as it relates to things like programming and computer science.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:17 PM

Yet still people rail against common core mathematics which is meant to accelerate understanding of maths and allow students to leap forward in their abilities as it relates to things like programming and computer science.


maths is hard.

#18 jetlord

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:24 PM

maths is hard.

Math is a piece of cake, but then I didn't have Common Core type math.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

Common core isn't so much the problem, but rather it's implementation.

 

Common core is just a set of standards and benchmarks.  It doesn't specify the methodologies used.  That's left up to the school districts and teachers.

 

Many elementary teachers are as inept and afraid of math as the general population, and they often don't give kids the foundation they need to grasp the higher, more abstract concepts.  Trying to teach someone algebra when they can't even do simple arithmetic is a recipe for failure.  A couple careers ago, I was a high school math teacher, so I've seen the problems first hand.  The only solution, IMO, is to have elementary teachers that are specifically certified to teach math (preferably with a degree in math also).  I know the teacher's unions would fight this, but they've NEVER had students' best interests in mind.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:27 PM

The real issue in math education is getting the kids through Algebra.....if they stop before Algebra, they are done.

 

The issue there is teachers do not understand how to make math exciting and fun.  They need the ability to make interesting for 12 year olds.  That's a tough game.






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