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A new era of robotic construction is about to dawn as building jobs across the globe come under threat
Skyscrapers could soon be built by robots rather than by people, according to the boss of one of the UK’s biggest developers.
Alison Carnwath, chairman of Land Securities says thousands of builders may lose their jobs as 2.3m construction jobs in the UK come under threat from robots and machines.
According to the web site mishtalk, the result of using robots would be huge productivity gains as more work could be done by fewer people – but also mass layoffs as traditionally labour-intensive construction projects will require less staff.
“We’re moving into the era of the robots,” said Alison Carnwath, the chairman of Land Securities, the £8.2bn FTSE 100 construction company.
Speaking at the Institute of Directors’ annual convention in the UK, the veteran businesswoman said the pace of technological change has taken her by surprise.