18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

By Attila Nagy on at

Robots have ruled industrial production for decades in many fields, from the car industry to food processing and consumer electronics. The Singularity isn't here yet — but in the world of manufacturing, it's been knocking on our door for years.

The luddites among us might feel resentful, since plenty of humans are quite good at welding, painting, and assembling things. We're just not as fast, precise, or reliable. But whether you see them as a threat or an engineering marvel, it's hard to deny they're beautiful. Check out a handful of the best below.


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Automated car factories first became common in the 1980s. Here, robots and multi-welders work spot-welding the body shells of Ford Sierra cars at a Ford factory, in 1984.

Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

This robot assembles engines at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd's Yokohama Plant, which was established in 1935 as the first integrated mass-production automobile plant in Japan.

Photo: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A robot assembles washing machines at the BSH Bosch Siemens Hausgeraetewerk Nauen consumer appliances factory, in Nauen, Germany.

Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A vehicle is welded by robot arms as it goes through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A robot welder works on bridge components at the Mabey Bridge factory, where prefab combat bridges are manufactured, in Gloucester, England.

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18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Robots at the Aleo factory assemble solar panels in Pritzwalk, Germany.

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A welding robot works at a factory of Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in Wuhu of Anhui Province, China.

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18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

The prototype of an automated rice planter, equipped with GPS, plants rice along pre-programmed routes, which are based on the shape of rice fields in Japan.

Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A battery exchange robot changes the batteries in an electric car at China's largest electric vehicle battery recharging station, in Beijing.

Photo: Feng Li/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

In Tokyo, a FANUC Robot M-430iA — a highly-advanced robotic arm that picks and packs food — places edible products into boxes that are carried by a conveyor belt at the Robot Awards 2007.

Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Robots help to assemble Chrysler and Dodge minibuses at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Xbox testing robots are seen in Xbox's Accessories Lab in Redmond, Washington.

Photo: Stephen Brashear/Invision for Microsoft/AP


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Rosser Pryor, the President of Factory Automation Systems in Atlanta, sits next to one of his robots. Pryor was forced to cut 40 of 100 workers at his plant during the recession.

Photo: David Goldman/AP


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Robots assemble a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.

Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

KUKA Robotics makes some of the most advanced types of robotic arms — many of them are used in industrial foundries.

Photo: KUKA Robotics/Facebook


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Here, large pieces of plate glass are unloaded by robotic arms.

Photo: ICAPlants/Wikimedia Commons


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

A FANUC P-50iA paint robot sprays industrial-strength car paint onto parts.

Photo: RoboGuru/Wikimedia Commons


18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Is this Japanese robot prototype, HRP-2, the future? The completely humanoid 'bot is designed to operate machinery and collect data at dangerous construction sites.

Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images


Top photo: Robots work on the bodies of new Nissan Muranos on the assembly line at Nissan Motor Company's Kyushu Plant on November 23, 2007 in Kiyakyushu, Japan. Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images