Apple's Foxconn factory hiring 1m robot workers

300,000 robots to deploy in the next twelve months

Foxconn keeping schtum on how this affects its current fleshy workforce.

Foxconn, the Chinese company responsible for churning out Apple's laptops and iDevices, is to bring one million robots onto the factory floor in the next three years.

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said the robotic workers are being brought in to handle simple assembly line tasks. Foxconn already makes use of some 10,000 robots, with plans to deploy another 290,000 in the next twelve months.

There's no word on how the introduction of these cybernetic co-workers will affect the livelihoods of the 1.2m human workers at the company, but those numbers can't be reassuring.