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Japanese company reveals robot workers that will be used on various construction sites

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A Japanese construction company recently debuted two designs for robot workers that could make up for the growing lack of human construction workers. In a report from The Daily Mail, these construction robots will only be working during evening hours. One of the robots demonstrated by Shimizu Corp. is already being used in several Japanese construction sites. Called Robo-Buddy, the automaton lifted a bunch of wooden boards before hauling them to the nearest elevator. The Robo-Buddy and its partner, the Robo-Welder, featured robotic arms that can twist and turn to fit in various spaces.


Invisible robot does what?!

FOX News

Catching a fish can be tough even if you are just trying to net a goldfish in a small tank. That's because the fish spots the danger and makes a swim for it. But what about if you didn't need a net because instead you're controlling an invisible grabbing robot? That's what Xuanhe Zhao, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT succeeded in creating, but its applications go way beyond catching and releasing fish unharmed. The robot is constructed of a transparent hydrogel which is strong and durable, but mostly made of water.


Build your own robots with this Kickstarter-funded DIY kit

Mashable

TL;DR: Build your own mini army of robots with the Geeek Club DIY Robot Construction Kit, which is available for $125.95 as of July 21. If you're a doer and you want to learn about robotics, hardware, and electrical engineering, this Geeek Club DIY Robot Construction Kit is a great way to build your skills -- and have some fun along the way. To get started, you'll need a workspace, soldering gun, and iron. Everything else is included: seven robots, 70 parts, seven specialized tools, and over 250 electronic components. Of course, you'll also get detailed instructions to guide you through the entire process.


Buildings of the future might be constructed by swarms of robots

Popular Science

The following is an excerpt from Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. Thanks to recent advances in robotics, computing, and other technologies, a small but growing number of scientists and engineers think robot-made housing might finally be possible. In fact, not only is it possible, it may be far better. Robotic construction may increase the speed of construction, improve its quality, and lower its price. There are a number of ways this could work, including giant gantries that behave something like 3D printers, and robotic arms on wheels that might directly replace construction workers.


By a thousand cuts

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There's plenty of debate these days about whether or not robots and AI will take our jobs. I think that they will, but not in the ways we think, and that the difference is important. So we come to the current state of this debate, namely, "the nature of work will change." Kevin Kelly has written eloquently about the post-productivity economy. He sees the future coming, but thinks we'll redefine work when the things that robots and algorithms do are cheap and abundant.