The Construction Robots are Coming | The B1M


Rapid developments in robotics and artificial
intelligence are ushering in a new age that could change profoundly change the way we
live. From smart houses to self-driving cars, the
applications of AI and robotics are virtually limitless. The construction industry is by no means immune
to these developments. It’s an incredibly exciting time for our sector as numerous pioneers
and research teams develop robotic technology to take over dangerous or highly repetitive
tasks improving quality, productivity and efficiency. Here, we delve into the roles that robots
are starting to play in construction and look at how they will affect our industry in the
future. Before we start, it’s important to be clear
on the difference between a machine and a robot. While all robots are machines, not
all machines are robots. Ultimately what sets a robot apart from a
machine is its ability to be programmed to undertake complex tasks and to operate,
at the very least, on a semi-autonomous level. While a worker lifting a heavy load with an
exoskeleton might appear robotic, the process is still controlled and operated by the worker. The same can be said for drones. Though they
are able to carry out a series of tasks, at present, most commercially available drones
are controlled remotely and are unable to perform those tasks without human interaction. Arguably the most prevalent type of construction
robot at the moment is the mechanical arm. While stationary versions of these robots
have been in operation in factories and on manufacturing assembly lines for years, portable
adaptations are now being developed for use in all manner of tasks on construction sites. Able to be programmed to perform a range of
repetitive and labour intensive activities – such as moving materials, tying rebar, building
masonry walls and even 3D printing structures – these robots are set to have a huge impact
on the industry reducing accidents and greatly increasing productivity. One particularly prominent example is Odico
Formwork Robotics who have developed a robot that uses “hot wire cutting” to develop
complex double curved concrete moulds. Traditionally this time consuming and costly
process was used sparingly in construction. Now, these robots can be programed to create
intricate formwork moulds with a higher degree of accuracy than a human worker and in a fraction
of the time, unlocking complex designs and helping to make them a reality. This particular robot looks set to work on
Zaha Hadid Architects’ “Lushan Primary School” project in China. Meanwhile in bricklaying, SAM 100 – developed
by Construction Robotics – claims to be the world’s first commercially available robot
for on site masonry construction. There’s also Hadrian X developed by Fast Brick Robotics
that can 3D print and lay bricks, completing the superstructure of a conventional masonry
home in just two days. In the world of steel reinforcement “Tybot”
– a robot developed by Advanced Construction Robotics – has been trialled tying rebar on
a bridge project in Pennsylvania, one of the first examples of a robot undertaking an activity
on a live construction site. There are also rapid developments coming out
of ETH Zurich National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication in
Switzerland. Researchers here have developed in-situ fabricators
that can build masonry walls, construct steel reinforcement structures and even assemble
timber frame buildings. Robots are also entering the construction
industry in the form of autonomous rovers equipped with high definition cameras and
sensors that allow them to navigate their way around sites. Able to identify and avoid obstacles, robots
such as “EffiBOT” – developed by French robotics firm Effidence – can follow workers,
carrying tools and materials. Even more advanced is this rover by Doxel
that uses high definition cameras and “Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging” (or LIDAR)
sensors to carry out building site inspections, comparing progress with design models and
programmes. Moving things up a gear, complete autonomous
vehicles and plant are able to transport materials or undertake specific tasks in accordance
with design models. Activities like excavation or grading can
be carried out around the clock without the need for breaks, greatly enhancing efficiency
and reducing costs. Prominent examples include Volvos’ HX1 dumper and this autonomous dozer
developed by Built Robotics. While we are only just beginning to see what robotics could do for construction there are already more advanced
robots in development that could one day replace humans in certain industries and job roles
altogether. Whilst this might sound daunting, the rise
of robotics, and indeed artificial intelligence, is likely to lead to the creation of new job
roles and opportunities that we haven’t yet imagined. If you enjoyed this video and would like to
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100 Comments

  1. Kenneth Hermann said:

    I have a hard times imagine robots to take over mutch more then on big constructionsites for skyscrapers were you can move up everything quite easily and prefab as it is stationary construction. The establishing costs seems to be to high for most of these techs for low and medium rise buildings but excavation might be quite common as we have seen terrain models spreading to smaller and smaller projects already along with machine controll however as long as we still have to have a dude with a shovel working next to the excavater for fine leveling it might simply be to dangerous.

    June 6, 2018
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  2. Toby Goodguy said:

    File for worker's disability benefits before a robot takes your job.
    (Beat the system by getting paid to stay home and watch videos of AI performing all the work.)

    June 6, 2018
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  3. Coops Toops said:

    This is why socialism is increasing.

    June 7, 2018
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  4. Christian L. said:

    Fantastic video. Keep them coming.

    June 7, 2018
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  5. 이수빈 said:

    This channel is everything

    June 9, 2018
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  6. Microphonix Virtual Studio said:

    Can some invent a robot for doing insanely boring and dangerous jobs like security guards?

    June 9, 2018
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  7. Jan Tasior said:

    Message to Sarah Connor: Time to load and lock.

    June 10, 2018
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  8. Ed Beckett said:

    buildin sites are too dynamic and hazardous to allow for efficent robot use that out produces a human worker or the robots will need constant supervision

    June 10, 2018
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  9. James Dash said:

    Just think of all the people that will be jobless

    June 11, 2018
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  10. Peter Gambier said:

    I remember reading that when the seed drill was first invented in the mid to late 1700's it was at least
    60 years before you saw them used on every farm because of the amount of farm labourers that
    would have lost their jobs from that back breaking mundane kind of work.
    The days of cheap labour coming over from abroad to pick and sort fruit and vegetables are certainly
    over thats for sure as are shelf stackers, welding jobs and bricklayers.
    Luckily for me (for now) my job as a conservation builder and plasterer is still safe but there are quite
    a few jobs that aren't and as far as I can see the jobs left for humans to do will be desk bound, writing
    code onto screens, IT and the sex industry, but even that could be toast.

    June 11, 2018
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  11. Zack TheBongRipper said:

    Horseshit. Until they can make an android like Star Trek's Data robots will be relegated to factories and enhancements to laborers, nothing more.

    June 11, 2018
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  12. pasca rupang said:

    Rip human

    June 11, 2018
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  13. Perseus said:

    Yeah, but can they pour coffee at Starbucks without complaining about the patriarchy?

    June 12, 2018
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  14. G bluesman said:

    ya..there here and they are replacing whiny "dead-beat" workers that have need to check facebook, twitter, and their I-phony every 30 seconds while on the job.

    June 13, 2018
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  15. chung teckchye said:

    We need to have big plans on construction robots because we live in city need many construction works to be done.

    June 13, 2018
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  16. Justin Chen said:

    Those last clips from Boston Dynamic are misleading. MiniSpot and Atlas are both wirelessly control by a human operator.

    June 13, 2018
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  17. oo ee said:

    Heavy equipment operators and truck drivers beware! The robots are coming to take your job. Time to find another way to make money while sitting on your fat ass! Lol 😂

    June 13, 2018
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  18. Edward Lund said:

    Might sound daunting?! What new jobs will come by having bots take jobs we have had for thousands of years?! Better hope you never have your skill set slip are you will be obsolete! 💀

    June 13, 2018
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  19. Rachel Brinkley said:

    Be crazy if the robots and AIs some how formed there own corporation without any humans someday

    June 14, 2018
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  20. The B1M said:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZCLqYREaTs

    June 14, 2018
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  21. exas4791 said:

    There r countless instances of human caregivers abusing the young, the elderly, the disabled, etc.
    So I hope robots can truly replace very possibly mean or vicious human caregivers.

    June 14, 2018
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  22. good guy said:

    It will never hang an entry door like me.

    June 15, 2018
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  23. TheHua89 said:

    So unless you are a robotics engineer, you are going to be unemployable. Great 😒. So who is going to buy any of the things they will be able to spit out at a faster than now pace?

    June 16, 2018
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  24. FUNNY VIDEO said:

    Robots must be in seat of examiner so that no perticular race/religions favourite occur

    June 16, 2018
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  25. mogumogu moguo said:

    We must not allow any more imigrants or foreign workers from third world to enter our countrys.they will become worthless,thanks to these robots.

    June 17, 2018
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  26. Vasya Pupkin said:

    waiting for fighting shows with mecha-arms

    June 18, 2018
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  27. Bruce G said:

    The Nwo better hurry up an staart knocking us off cause there's going to be a lot of idle hands around looking for some way to spew their agression

    June 19, 2018
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  28. APCWORLDSUXAZ said:

    They are ready here….. called contractors from india…. they do more work at half price….. just waive a visa in their face

    June 19, 2018
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  29. Genesis rain said:

    So as long they are used to assist and not to replace. Jobless people can make a dangerous and unstable society. Takeaway people's purpose and then you will face social poverty disaster.

    June 20, 2018
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  30. Just for Fun said:

    nah these aren't good yet we need some decades.

    June 21, 2018
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  31. Jakub Keller said:

    Yes! Finally.

    June 22, 2018
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  32. Derek said:

    Can we get some of these to replace the elite? We don't need them anymore.

    June 23, 2018
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  33. HypersonicMonkeyBrains said:

    LMAO.. They think it will lead to a 1:1 ratio of new jobs… for every million construction jobs lost 1 million created… Yea Right…. ok whatever.. carry on..

    June 23, 2018
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  34. Angel GS39 said:

    Excelente video /Excellent video

    June 24, 2018
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  35. IRON60 BITCH said:

    Thank god no more unions

    June 26, 2018
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  36. Veritas B. said:

    construction seems to be the only industry which has not improved significantly in the last 20 years due to the introduction of computing and is more or less the same since anno xxxx. It would be really interesting to see if and how robotics can change and improve construction tasks and what happens to the employment sector of the construction worker class if it has an significant effect.

    June 26, 2018
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  37. Veritas B. said:

    As a millennial I quit when the start up I worked for moved its offices to berlin cause I didn´t want to live there…. 😀 does this mean I am not a model millennial? Cause I read like a thousend reviews of ppl living there and visited the city often for several weeks at a time. And each time I read or heard positive comments about Berlin I thought to myselfe…. "ough you consider that positiv?"

    June 26, 2018
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  38. parasnath shah said:

    Is the jumping robot real?

    June 27, 2018
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  39. gerrit okkema said:

    www.law-universe.com

    June 27, 2018
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  40. Graph Guy said:

    The fact is robots and AI will eliminate anywhere from 75% to 100% of jobs performed by humans… hold on tight… within 20 years.

    June 27, 2018
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  41. DänTheUltimate said:

    I think robots will have taken over <40% of jobs by let's say 2040 and that means universal income will not be a question anymore but the only way.

    June 29, 2018
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  42. Marco Zolo said:

    That cooking kitchen hand doe

    July 1, 2018
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  43. Mike Matchi said:

    this steals jobs

    July 1, 2018
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  44. Whatyoudo said:

    Yay! Just what we need less paying jobs for humans and faster ways to cover the earth with concrete.

    July 2, 2018
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  45. Steven Espaillat said:

    Your focus on construction and robotics is superb. I wonder if other channels focused on the effect of technology on other industries exist at this quality level. (i.e Marketing, Transport, Law, etc.)
    If anyone knows of other channels at this level of quality please reply below. I'd greatly appreciate it.

    July 6, 2018
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  46. Nathaniel Bradford said:

    A lot of good people who have families, house and car repayments are going to be out of work, in the other areas of employment that will not be affected by autonomous equipment with their job roles will only have limited placements, even an idiot can se this will socially and economically will cause major issues in society such as mass destitution and homelessness even in first world countries, massive crime increases even in the areas of murder, and civil unrest the likes that has never been seen before in our time, even to the point of multiple civil wars worldwide, people need to look a little more carefully at potential repercussions of their actions before potentially irreversible damage is done

    July 8, 2018
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  47. robotsrule said:

    Love how he ends the video with a sly sentence to calm everyone’s nerves about robots taking all jobs. Lol

    It’s inevitable

    July 9, 2018
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  48. Kenji said:

    "Dangerous or highly repetitive tasks"? I bet he wanted to say "Repetitive and highly dangerous!" which would make a lot more sense 😀

    July 11, 2018
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  49. ɱaiden Ξngland said:

    another great video on the future of human extinction

    July 14, 2018
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  50. Peter Moreno said:

    okay so… when you said most robots controlled by humans… does that suggest that there are industrial robots not under human control currently?

    July 14, 2018
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  51. Simon Matthews said:

    This is not good at all, will just make loads of people jobless

    July 15, 2018
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  52. Aztecabrn soyyo said:

    All unions should be against this….

    July 17, 2018
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  53. 420 construction said:

    Good I'm tired of building shit.

    July 17, 2018
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  54. Barnard Rabenold said:

    The robot doing a backflip…was that autonomous, or were those precise movements dynamically determined by an AI?

    July 18, 2018
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  55. isac said:

    Does anyone have an ETA on when these technologies will begin to surface in the mainstream?

    July 18, 2018
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  56. Research and Build said:

    holy cow…a robot did a backflip? I can't even do a backflip. Wow.

    July 23, 2018
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  57. Jeffry said:

    Yeah, but that backflip thoe…

    July 23, 2018
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  58. Libertys Son said:

    Skynet is not amused.

    July 24, 2018
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  59. DrPepperJunior said:

    This is all nice and what not but……where's the sex bot?

    July 27, 2018
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  60. Ohms Ragudo said:

    Human replacement or displacement is inevitable at the work site. Based on AI and robotics technology today, they can build a human android that can perform human-like features on the job and see less people working for the multi-million dollar corporations. Why waste time and money in developing that human android? There is no equal opportunity in human survival living in a tech society against capitalism unless we changed our views towards technology in today’s modern human slavery..

    August 2, 2018
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  61. anglekan said:

    Life will be better once the machines take over. I will live the rest of life becoming a body builder and writing about biochemistry.

    August 11, 2018
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  62. Tom said:

    Awesome! If Robots get used fully used in construction they can do many favorable things. Building Affordable apartment/housing for Americans. They should start quickly!

    August 12, 2018
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  63. VAROZHYNI said:

    3:48 "Im an engineer trust me"
    roses are red
    violets are blue
    i just saw the ugliest framing
    so did you

    WTF thats such a desperate assumption of saying, "assembling a timber frame".

    September 10, 2018
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  64. Agent 47 said:

    Construction robots will still require a human factor to maintain them, build them, and repair them.

    September 23, 2018
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  65. serb said:

    Is the robot going to put the bars in place or carry them to there place i think not.

    October 1, 2018
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  66. jamal jan said:

    I don't enjoy because I am Working as a builder it will take my job .

    November 14, 2018
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  67. BJ700 said:

    Some of this tech could eventually be used in Moon base construction.

    November 17, 2018
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  68. BJ700 said:

    @ 5:30 Robot gymnast. Which brings me to the next comment. Robot Olympics?

    November 17, 2018
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  69. FactZ Revealer said:

    Fake i think it can't happen in any where technology is so woast it may be happening after 1000years after

    November 19, 2018
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  70. NoSunBeach said:

    Real world testing will yield lots of valuable data and opportunities for even more automation. Imagine what happens when more robots come to help with supplying materials and maintaining the robot crews. Also keep in mind robot brains would not be working autonomously, the entire crew of robots could be controlled by a single brain that can see the job site from every possible angle and know the status and position of other robots, weather, traffic, material, orders. All working 24×7 without mistakes, breaks, injuries, attitude, hidden agenda, theft, malice, corner cutting, etc. etc. The continuous improvement challenge will be to see how many hours robots can do the job before humans have to step on the job site. I think estimates of when this impacts jobs has been seriously underestimated.

    December 22, 2018
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  71. ZAC LLOYD said:

    That was not a very big bridge. So does that robot pack all the bar too lol. Can it do saddle ties and figure eights? Looked like it was only doing snap ties. Not a very strong tie. Looks like this robot is very big and takes some serious time to set up. Thats a lot of money to spend on just one application. What about vertcal walls ? Cassions ? Collums? And who puts down the accessories and pt cables ?Looks cool but i seriously doubt you will see anything like this for very long time. I know rodbusters that make 80k a year after a year or two. And guys who make over 100k a year that have been doing it for a long time. You could never replace the hustle they have with a robot for at least 20 years or more . Its rough work and you dont have to be that bright Its pays great and will make you good money .

    February 6, 2019
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  72. Kahnyay Wheast said:

    Robotics and AI advancements will unfortunately entail UBI and an unemployment crisis. The job and skill demand for human employment is changing. We can either change with the technology and survive, or resist change, and die.

    February 22, 2019
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  73. Raw2929 Will said:

    This not Cutting cost going to be more poverty around the world company Need less people so more crime for poor people to survive

    February 24, 2019
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  74. Chris Alderton said:

    I am looking to perhaps move into the world of robotics and building a kit aircraft that is not production line build, primarily i would be looking at a robot that can drill and pop rivets, and where needed bolt things together and then cover the aircraft with its surface panels, can you direct me to the best robot for this?? any help is good..

    March 2, 2019
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  75. Raymond said:

    Love your videos. More

    March 17, 2019
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  76. Eric Parker said:

    Andrew Yang should be talking about this. #YangGang2020

    March 28, 2019
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  77. Hastin Nuraini said:

    ok

    March 30, 2019
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  78. roan33 said:

    GOOD. Maybe I wont have to see 5 guys standing around 1 guy digging a hole and it won't take 500 years to repair highways.

    April 2, 2019
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  79. Azam Mohammed said:

    Just don't program a soul in them. You hear that Python developers!! Don't import "soul.py" into them.

    May 3, 2019
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  80. Roey Rosenblith said:

    This is why Bernie Sanders promises of creating jobs in infrastructure will ultimately fall flat. Corporations are going to take those government contracts and try and figure out how to maximize profits by automating as many of the construction jobs as possible. Time to support candidates with real solutions like Andrew Yang

    May 12, 2019
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  81. TheLegitAlpha said:

    Looks like I’m going to want a variant with remote control functionality.

    May 14, 2019
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  82. Professor Waffle said:

    ''The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad'' The President of Michigan Savings Bank in 1903 said this. this is the problem many people just don't think it can happen they cannot envision the future only here and now but just like the car automation and robotics will take over completely having worked in construction in many different trades for a couple of years scaffolding roofing and bricklaying i cannot wait to see automation takeover and replace them all

    May 23, 2019
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  83. Oscar Jolt said:

    The wire cutting robot produces ruled surfaces, not double-curved. There is a big a difference in between the two of them.

    May 24, 2019
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  84. p jay said:

    First illegal aliens now robots are taking our jobs, great!

    May 24, 2019
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  85. Azaurus1 said:

    construction robots should hurry up get here already. We have a housing crisis to deal with.

    May 25, 2019
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  86. Jomo Mills said:

    Did that robot just did a backflip at the end…well damn

    May 27, 2019
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  87. Stanford Leeham said:

    Two arms of robotic crane vehicle is real scv i think so

    June 19, 2019
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  88. Stanford Leeham said:

    3 new material science of string of crane … 24 hours available for sensors and dark night.

    June 19, 2019
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  89. Stanford Leeham said:

    All the way of world housing real estate marketing

    June 20, 2019
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  90. Stanford Leeham said:

    Two hands crane of robotic vehicle.
    Programs and massive development

    June 20, 2019
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  91. Anshuman Prakash said:

    Over population and then job crisis equivalent to large scale crimes and greater inequality among masses. Introduction of robots will not happen gradually but at a much faster pace, thus people will not be able to adjust their skills and will be unemployed.

    June 26, 2019
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  92. Momin Nz said:

    job opportunities, will be disparity. either the repair low skilled and low paid. or the programmer. highly paid. there will be no middle ground. the middle ground will claim benefits paid out by the Govt earned by taxing the companies which would create profit. so the net affect will be the same.

    July 10, 2019
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  93. Stanford Leeham said:

    Kozel czech

    July 14, 2019
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  94. RedT said:

    This could be used to build colonies on Mars , the moon, and the outer belt

    July 24, 2019
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  95. Jarod Farrant said:

    People are saying the machines and robots will need humans. For their maintenance and programming they forget AI will give these machines the ability To learn and program themselvesz

    August 2, 2019
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  96. Jigi Jolly said:

    Robot can work 24 hour a day without rest and food.

    August 3, 2019
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  97. Mr. Booxter said:

    Great stuff, lets get on fixing our economy,social system so we can all enjoy the future. Simple not enough jobs for billions. Like star trek we have to move past money.

    August 4, 2019
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  98. Lex Eugene Peregrino said:

    #fourthindustrialrevolution

    August 4, 2019
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  99. Dan Royer said:

    the host of this video blinks so little he looks like a deepfake.

    August 13, 2019
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  100. Ibnziyad Tariq said:

    sorry but i disagree, there is no massive job creation this time, the scale of automation is just to big

    August 25, 2019
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