Robots, machines, robots.
That’s what many workers and their employers are trying to avoid in China.
The government is pushing to turn factories into robots that can help the nation’s economy by replacing human labor with machines.
But those plans have not gained support from lawmakers in China, where the ruling Communist Party has been criticized for clamping down on the technology.
Robots are increasingly being deployed by companies to do repetitive tasks such as packing food or preparing for sales.
A Chinese company called Sesame Robotics has won contracts to build a robot that can pick up small containers and carry them to the store, and a Chinese-owned company called Bamboo has won a contract to build robots to help pack boxes.
It’s all part of a broader push by China to become a global technology hub and is fueling concern that the country is turning away from its traditional manufacturing model.
But as automation continues to become an increasingly common feature of modern factories, there is an even bigger worry.
Robots could become the new face of factory life in China — and even pose a threat to workers, according to experts.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that almost half of Chinese respondents said they would prefer robots over humans for jobs such as the picking of fruit and vegetables, cooking and serving food.
But for the workers who are being targeted, the future of China’s manufacturing is a lot more uncertain.
The rise of robots One of the biggest risks for China’s factories is the growing demand for robots.
The robots that have made their way to China are being used to perform a wide range of jobs, including assembly lines, packing boxes and packaging food.
As China has become a world leader in automation, China has also seen the use of robots rise in some industries.
In some sectors, robots are used to cut corners, such as at the factory floor.
A robot at the robot factory in Xi’an, Sichuan province, China.
While there are no exact figures on how many robots are currently in use in China’s industries, many believe the figure is much higher than the 3.7 million robots China produces for foreign firms each year.
“I think the average is probably around 100,000,” said Richard Lee, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a former adviser to President Donald Trump’s transition team.
Experts have speculated that the rise in the use and adoption of robots could result in a wave of layoffs that could be disastrous for the manufacturing sector.
This robot is made of ABS plastic.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he wants to transform China into a global manufacturing powerhouse, and he has vowed to boost the country’s robot manufacturing capacity.
But the government has not yet made a decision on the use or adoption of robotic technology, and there is little public data on how companies are using robots.
What’s the big deal?
One major concern is that robots could lead to an explosion in job cuts.
In April, the National Bureau of Statistics reported that the number of people employed in manufacturing rose by 9 percent in the first quarter of 2018.
But a new report from the International Federation of Robotics shows that robots are not the sole driver of China-based job losses.
At the same time, the robots’ use in manufacturing has been growing rapidly, according, to the group.
Automation has been one of the fastest growing industries in China since the beginning of the 20th century, and it is expected to continue to expand rapidly over the next decade.
Even if China does adopt robot-assisted production, experts say the jobs that will be lost in the process are small and the robots will not replace all of the human labor.
If China really wants to become the leading manufacturing powerhouse in the world, it needs to diversify its manufacturing and be a global leader in robotics, said Lee.
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