Construction Robots and Capital

Dominance and even survival in the construction industry over the next decade will require a more intense focus on technology, capital and the talent that knows how to leverage both.

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All industries throughout history that have had any sort of technology disruption including standardization such as the shipping container have also faced major shifts in focus from front-line labor to capital, engineering and management.

Quote: The wealthiest man in the twentieth century mastered the art of minimum-wage employees. The wealthiest man of the twenty-first century is mastering the science of zero-wage robots selling you stuff." Scott Galloway.

Leader of construction companies need to learn from the past and plan for their futures.  Some good places to start:

ENR / Robotics - see what’s currently going on in our industry.

Tesla’s Model 3 Factory - they pushed for total automation and were a little ahead of the curve.  They had to un-automate some things - but it is better than being behind the curve. 

The Box - how hard front-line labor can fight back against change.

The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 

The Rise of the Robots - how a futurist sees this playing out.

The Four - major tech companies and their models.

The Everything Store - Amazon’s business practices are worth looking at along with their technology 


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