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 Replies to “The Construction Robots are Coming | The B1M”

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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 😂

  9. 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! 💀

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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..

  17. 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.

  18. 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?"

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

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

    It’s inevitable

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

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

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

  27. 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..

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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".

  31. 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.

  32. 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 .

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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..

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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

  39. ''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

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

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