It has been posited that a third of all jobs will no longer be in human hands by the year 2025, replaced by robots, software and smart machines. This is already happening in a startling way at the Shenzhen Even win Precision Technology, which is reportedly replacing 90 percent of its employees with machines in the near future. That will trim 1,600 employees from the payroll, leaving 200 with the task of overseeing the new mechanical workforce. Up to 1,500 more companies in the same area – the famously industrial Pearl River Delta – are expected to begin replacing humans with robots from next year. This might be the start of a Brave New World but the dispossessed might think otherwise. China officially enjoys a very low rate of unemployment – will the rise of the robot be an economic boom or social threat?