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One Million Robots

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I found the news through Slashdot and spent an hour getting this fairly close to good. For details on the actual story, see below.
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One Million Robots
(tune: "Twenty One Guns," Green Day)

We at Foxconn know how to screw
Sony Apple Nokia too
Farm their work out to us to do
The assembly of their laptops and cell phones
Million workers (at) our Chinese plants
If they strike we beat on their pants
Kill themselves when they get the chance
It's a problem

One million robots
They never strike they never die
One million robots
Work day and night where can we buy
Profits high

China wants us to raise our pay
And give workers time off each day
We bought them to work not to play
And assemble all those laptops and cell phones
So we'll throw chinks out of the door
And use robots for more and more
Robots are much cheaper for sure
And efficient

One million robots
They never strike they never die
One million robots
Work day and night where can we buy
Profits high

Robots never injure or bleed
They don't grumble argue or plead
They just do whatever we need
And they never want to know when their pay cheques will come in

Foxconn fights (to) stay competitive
So we can continue to live
Chewing fat not gnawing on bones
Making cell phones

One million robots
They never strike they never die
One million robots
Work day and night where can we buy

One million robots
They never strike they never die
One million robots
Work day and night where can we buy

Profits high

Words Copyright © 2011 by A.D. Burrows, All Rights Reserved
Music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Copyright © 2011 by  Reprise Records, Warner Music Group
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 For more information about Foxconn and their million robots, see -- http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-07/30/c_131018764.htm
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Green Day's original
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r00ikilDxW4&ob=av2n
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Added: 7 years, 4 months ago
 
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 4 months ago
As Čapek noted, robots make great serfs (whereas humans generally– and fortunately– make lousy ones).  Until they develop sentience, develop laser cannons, and start marketing themselves as transforming toys. :p
DOtter
7 years, 4 months ago
The 'bots, however, do not need a steady income to live on. Humanity doesn't seem to mean much in the PRC. Then again, maybe that's why they send us lead-painted toys and barrels marked as medical-grade glycerine that are actually full of propylene glycol. Not to mention all the "gold farms" on WoW...
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 4 months ago
I once read in a PC magazine that Chinese manufacturers were proud to tout that their electronics were cheap.  Not the quality or capabilities of the electronics, but that they could make them cheaply.  Supposedly, that attitude has been changing in recent years, although you couldn't prove it by me.  In some respects, they're a lot like the US a hundred years or so years ago, only with a far more oppressive government.
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