According to China's Xinhua's news agency, Taiwanese technology bigwig Foxconn
(otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision) plans to employ 1 million robots in the next three years to help curtail the rising costs of having to play real life humans, and also to improve efficiency.
Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, told Xinhua that these metal employees will take up routine tasks like spraying, welding, and assembling, all of which are currently being performed by humans. Foxconn already makes use of 10,000 robots, and will increase that number to 300,000 next year before ultimately reaching 1 million robot workers in three years.
These might be the droids Foxconn is looking for.
Foxconn is the world's biggest supplier of hardware components used to make popular products such as Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, and various hardware for the likes of Dell, Sony, and Nokia, among others. The company employs about 1.2 million people and has been dogged in the media the last year over reports of poor working conditions that may have contributed to numerous worker suicides. Common complaints consisted of long hours and poor pay, which are two things robot workers presumably will be okay with.