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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Published by 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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