This robot works six times faster than humans — and it’s putting jobs at risk

The time where we could speak about ‘robots taking our jobs’ at the future tense has passed. Many factories around the world are already replacing their workforce with robots — and it’s working out for them. Now, a new robot called SAM might revolutionize brick-laying, but it might also leave lots of people without a job.

SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, was created by the New York-based Construction Robotics. He’s capable of laying down 3,000 bricks per day, which makes him six times faster than the average human — and it’s also cheaper. According to a report by Zero Hedge, with SAM, you’d end up at a cost of about 4.5 cents per brick.

Considering a $15 per hour wage rate, plus benefits, you end up with a cost of 32 cents per brick — seven times more than with SAM.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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