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Suck it, Robots: Toyota is Giving Jobs Back to Humans

My, my, my how the tables have turned. The past few years have seen countless human jobs filled with our less-whiny robot counterparts. But it turns out that, at least for Toyota, the pros of total automation haven't outweighed the cons. Meaning human factory workers are back in business. Read More >>

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The Incredible, Fiery Process of Making Copper Wire

Wires are some of the most basic components of the modern world, which practically guarantees that most of us take them for granted. But as English Russia so kindly shows us, the process behind our messy heaps of wiring is anything but ordinary. Read More >>

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Inside the Colourful Chaos of America's Ageing Textile Mills

America's industrial revolution was woven on looms and spun on spools, but it's been decades since the textile industry began declining. Chis Payne, an architect-turned-photographer, began shooting US textile factories in 2010. He's kept it up, too, amassing a visual diary of a changing industry. Read More >>

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Report: Google and Foxconn Building Roboticised Factories of the Future

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticised factories. Read More >>

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Derelict Factories Get the David Lynch Treatment in These Creepy Photos

David Lynch is a creative dude like no other. The brains behind Twin Peaks and Eraserhead is a proven master at moving pictures, but it turns out he's also into moody still shots. Read More >>

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Inside the Incredible, Complex Factories Where Satellites are Born

Greg White has shot some of the most remote and unusual places in the world. The UK photographer has published photo essays on Chernobyl, Svalbard, and even CERN. But for his latest project, he discovered an alien world within the ordinary confines of his own country: The labs where satellites are built. Read More >>

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Lord Sugar Investigated Over Bizarre Chinese Child "Hate Tweet"

That image there is a joke Lord Sugar thought up and put on the internet. The joke being that underage staff might work in Apple's production lines. It's not a great joke, and if it occurred to Michael McIntyre he probably wouldn't bother writing it down, but is it really racist enough to be described by police as a hate crime? Read More >>

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Inside the Mesmerising Robotic Factory Where Teslas Are Born

It can't be easy to build a car, but the factory where Teslas are born makes it looks like a piece of cake. The folks over at Wired took a look behind the scenes to watch rolls of aluminium transform into fully functional electric cars, and it's a sight to behold. Read More >>

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This Is Where Dysons Are Born

Dyson makes some of the prettiest vacuums, hand-driers, and air blower/suckers out there, so it should come as no surprise that the factory where they are born is as mesmerising as its products. Read More >>

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How Things Are Improving at Foxconn, and Why That's Not Great for Some

Working conditions at Foxconn plants are well known to just about everyone at this point. And while executives have been paying lip service to improvements for years, it seems that things are finally looking up. But the improved conditions come at a cost. Read More >>

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Sad Chinese Factory Workers Photographed with the Cheap Things They Build

Having a bad job is better than having no job, but there's no doubt that monotonous, bottom-wage manual labour is the pits. Photographer Michael Wolf snapped this haunting series of Chinese workers building cheap toys for... us. Read More >>

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Foxconn's Work Force Struggling to Cope With iPhone 5 Demand

The Angry Super Teenage Workforce of Chinese tech assembly specialist Foxconn is struggling to build Apple's iPhone 5 quickly enough, with the company's chairman saying his factories are "falling short of meeting the huge demand" for Apple's latest mobile. Read More >>

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Report: Underage Children Abused in Samsung Factories

A new report by a Chinese labour watchdog makes Apple's Foxconn woes look like a game of spin the bottle, Laptop Mag reports. Untreated injuries? Check. Dangerous workplace? Check. Hitting children and forcing them to stand? Check. This is bad. Read More >>

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Would You Eat the Meat of a Robot-Deboned Chicken?

Robots and other various non-human "workers" are increasingly performing the work and labour that was once the province of human hands. Often, it's because the machinery is less costly than the salaries paid to flesh-and-blood works. Other times, it's because humans cannot perform certain tasks as well as a piece of machinery specially designed for the job. Read More >>

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Why Apple Doesn't Make the iPhone in America

The answer is pretty obvious, right? It's cheaper labour! But is that the only reason why Apple (and other companies) outsource its workforce to China as opposed to keeping them at home? No. There's more. The NY Times has an excellent report on why Apple ignores America when it comes to making the iPhone and how that's better for Apple. Read More >>

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