China already applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its industry like ammunition factories.
According to report, China started to replaced 25% of human workforce by Robots on it’s Ammunition Factories.
The move will reduce the number of accidents suffered by human workers, and has already increased the production of ammunition in the country.
Beijing is one country leading the charge when it comes to embracing robotics and artificial intelligence. Last year, the country saw the first robot dentist successfully operate on a patient, and there are plans to build an unmanned, AI-powered police station in a capital city.
These developments show signs of China’s progress to becoming a global leader in AI by 2030.
To be a leader in AI, however, also means using such technology in the workforce as a replacement for human workers. Recently, China has done so in using automation to increase its supply of bombs and artillery shells.
In it’s interview with South China Morning Post (SCMP), Xu Zhigang, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenyang Institute of Automation, said that nearly 25 percent of China’s ammunition factories have had their human workers replaced with “smart machines.”
“However high the salary offered, young people are simply not interested in working in an army ammunition plant nowadays,” said Xu.
According to SCMP, citing “research papers published in Chinese academic journals,” a significant number of accidents have occurred in recent years, with some leading to injured workers or even death.
“One spark could lead to a huge explosion and reduce the plant to a crater,” said Xu. “The risk of fire was our biggest challenge. It hung over my head like a sword.”