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Are robots and machines the homebuilders of the future?

October 4th, 2013 by John Kirchner

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Earlier this summer at the Housing Leadership Summit, Andrew McAfee, principle research scientist at MIT, delivered a keynote address on technological innovations and how they may change the way homes are built in the future.

McAfee recently penned a book with his college  Erik Brynjolfsson titled “Race Against the Machine,” and it focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. McAfee says the book was motivated by observations of cases when science fiction became true.

None of this is to say robots and machines are on the verge of taking over the building site. (Not soon, anyway.) But McAfee’s speech raises some interesting points about technology and how it continues to get better, smarter and more affordable.

Please watch McAfee’s address below and hit the comment section with your reaction. Do you think any of McAfee’s predictions may come true?



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