Saturday, February 09, 2008

South Korean Robots to Build High-Rises by 2010

The South Korean Construction and Transportation Ministry is preparing to employ robots in the construction of high rise buildings.

"The ministry says it is going ahead with the process of applying the technology to nuts-and-bolts building projects. It will create a construction process almost totally automated, taking advantage of 12 high-tech patents including so-called "intelligent" cranes and the world's first bolt-tightening robots.

"Not surprisingly, the robot-led system is expected to cut labor costs by up to one-third and start-to-finish project time by around 15 percent. Add it all up and experts say it will boost overall productivity by an impressive 25 percent."

6 comments:

Elan said...

"I've come to a kind of cyber pantheistic Emersonianism . . . the Earth's strategy for its own salvation is through machines . . . human beings are the deputized bride in this alchemical rarefaction of glasses, ceramics, metals, and volatile materials . . . the nervous system of Earth is appearing . . . at who's behest are we doing this . . . we are actors in a cosmic drama that involves Earth at one polarity and machines at the other polarity…"
-Terence McKenna

Elan said...

Terence McKenna, Part2:
…"we are building and connecting machines that are modeled on biology . . . but we are creating a creature that lives in a different kind of temporal universe than us . . . we are going to be a different kind of people because we are going to have to live in the presence of alien minds . . . this is the Faustian enterprise of all times…"

W.M. Bear said...

This is the start of the Asmivoian Revolution. Ultimately, robots will replace virtually all manual laborers. Then consider: What will these manual laborers -- a sizable plurality of the population -- do for a living. I suspect we will have a HUGE revolution on our hands when this happens....

Anonymous said...

IMHO, McKenna imbibed a bit too much DMT.

dad2059 said...

Robots have both been presented as villains and saviors.

Economics and wars will determine how far these constructions of Man go up their own evolutionary ladder.

Mac said...

IMHO, McKenna imbibed a bit too much DMT.

I've gotta disagree; I think McKenna is possibly *the* overlooked voice of the 20th century.