Ever wonder what life is really like inside a Chinese computer factory? This three-minute video, which appears to have been accidentally left on a new HP laptop, appears to offer a rare look into assembly line work in China.
Compared to all the controversy over poor working conditions and factory worker abuse at Foxconn manufacturing facilities (where Apple, HP, Dell, Amazon, and other products are made), this footage of workers testing laptops is pretty boring. The work is mundane and repetitious (as you might expect of an assembly line), but there are no signs of worker cruelty.
This doesn’t mean factory workers in China don’t deserve better working conditions or that unnecessary health and safety risks don’t exist in those factories. A Fair Labor Association report in March revealed Foxconn factory workers were forced to work an excessive number of hours each week and not compensated for them. Workers were also exposed to a number of safety and health issues.
We’ve seen behind-the-scenes videos inside Foxconn before, but no doubt they were sanitized PR stunts. This video appears to provide a unique candid look--at least for those three minutes in this one assembly line. It’s a strangely fascinating glimpse into modern manufacturing (bonus video effects at the 2:00 mark).