Researchers from MIT are developing an algorithm that allows collaborative robots that effectively work together on construction tasks, significantly reducing the amount of time needed to plan construction operations.
The issue with current construction robots is that they are perfectionists, and insist on getting things right the very first time. Existing algorithms require that machines complete all their tasks in a single step without leaving out any components. This leads to a lot of wasted time in search of optimum performance. The new robots perform tasks in multiple steps that complement those of their fellow robots.
While robots have been doing incredible things for a long time now, there haven't really been any robots capable of working autonomously in completely unfamiliar and novel environments, until now. These robots could in fact go on to revolutionize the construction industry.