Israel’s autonomous crane takes aim at the fully automated construction sites of the future

Israel’s autonomous crane takes aim at the fully automated construction sites of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies like AI, machine vision and autonomous robots and machines mean one day we’ll see fully autonomous construction sites – and they’ll need cranes.   A little while ago I discussed how tomorrow’s construction sites will become increasingly autonomous thanks to the arrival of...

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Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of launching equipment and people into space plummets the reality of colonising other planets is getting closer.   It’s one thing to send an astronaut to Mars to be an extraterrestrial tourist for a few hours. But if humanity wants to actually...

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Robot swarms help scientists 3D print the buildings of the future

Robot swarms help scientists 3D print the buildings of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies explore using 3D printers to print buildings it’s impractical to use just one large printer, so scientists are experimenting with swarms. Today there’s more talk than ever before of using 3D printers to print all sorts of buildings, from small houses, and...

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US Marines 3D printed new barracks using the world’s largest 3D printer

US Marines 3D printed new barracks using the world’s largest 3D printer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we make buildings hasn’t changed much in thousands of years, so it’s time for a faster, cheaper alternative to take center stage.   Recently a family in France were the first family to move into a 3D printed house, and the benefits of...

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A family in France become the first family to live in a 3D printed house

A family in France become the first family to live in a 3D printed house

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing improves it will continue to revolutionise the way we make everything from clothes to homes.   It was always going to happen, and now it finally has. First came 3D printed houses in Dubai, who want 25 percent of all new houses to...

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Scientists produce smart windows that generate their own electricity

Scientists produce smart windows that generate their own electricity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The use of glass is increasing around the world and scientists are trying to find new ways to enhance its properties.   Recently we saw new research that lets windows turn into mirrors at the flick of a switch, and now researchers from the Institute...

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AI drones will soon be controlling autonomous vehicles on building sites

AI drones will soon be controlling autonomous vehicles on building sites

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation is a fact of life within every industry now, but as technology advances more tasks will be able to be automated, and in the construction industry this is one of the first, major steps to full automation.   Some mining operations are already 100...

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MIT’s Rapid Liquid Printing technology could be the future of furniture

MIT’s Rapid Liquid Printing technology could be the future of furniture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will undoubtedly change how the world makes goods, but it’s still expensive and slow, now we’re seeing a slew of new technologies that are trying to speed up manufacturing and change the game.   Coming hot on the heels of another new 3D...

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A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is determined to take the lead and become a hub for the development of futuristic technologies, and now they’re pushing the boundaries again.   The ruler of Dubai is laser focused on turning Dubai in to a hub for the development of future technologies,...

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Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is a city that was gifted nothing, and had to build and earn everything, and it was a great honour to speak there, in a place that is rapidly becoming the very embodiment of the future.   Dubai Dubai so good they named it...

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World first, Dubai announces it will 3D print an 80 storey skyscraper in 2020

World first, Dubai announces it will 3D print an 80 storey skyscraper in 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Company’s have begun 3D printing houses and small buildings, but noone, until now, has laid out plans to 3D print an entire skyscraper.   UAE’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a grand vision for Dubai. He wants to turn Dubai into the city...

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PassivDom can 3D print you a $32,000 house in eight hours

PassivDom can 3D print you a $32,000 house in eight hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing techniques improve we’ll see more house builders embrace the technology to build bigger and better homes faster and cheaper than they do today.   Building a house by hand can be both time consuming and expensive, which is why more and more...

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Housing company Apis Cor is 3D printing new houses in a day

Housing company Apis Cor is 3D printing new houses in a day

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past building a house could take weeks, sometimes months, but new 3D printing technology is changing the paradigm.   If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print one out for yourself....

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