“Thirty-five Taiwanese companies, including Apple’s supplier Foxconn, spent a total of 4 billion yuan (HK$4.74 billion) on artificial intelligence last year, according to the Kunshan government’s publicity department,” The South China Morning Post reports.

“‘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. ‘More companies are likely to follow suit,'” SCMP reports. “As many as 600 major companies in Kunshan have similar plans, according to a government survey.”

SCMP reports, “The job cuts do not augur well for Kunshan, which had a population of more than 2.5 million at the end of 2014, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to the future – finally!

(Even though we’d prefer Fembots.)

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