Whether you are ready for it or not, artificial intelligence may soon revolutionize the way contractors work. This construction technology is valuable, because of its potential to increase efficiency, safety and quality.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a form of computer science that creates intelligent machines, which work and react like a human being would.
AI is what enables computers to mimic human cognitive functions, like talking, playing chess or driving a car. These computer programs create many human-like capabilities, including:
- Speech recognition
- Problem solving
Artificial intelligence makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. In recent years, it has become an integral part of the technology industry.
A New Age of Construction Technology
Today, AI can be found in many more places than Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. In fact, it’s already reshaping the way construction technology is used.
For example, some construction sites are now using autonomous equipment. Through the use of GPS and radar techniques, these machines have the ability to be aware of their surroundings and operate without human aid.
AI is now used in many skilled trades, including:
AI is also smart enough to improve safety on the job site. By providing precise data, AI can eliminate the element of human error when working with heavy machinery. At least one construction company now uses a database of images and videos from its job site to spot potential workplace hazards, such as laborers not wearing proper safety gear.
This new construction technology can also help create complex designs. And, the best part is that computer algorithms give artificial intelligence the ability to learn and improve over time.
While all these advancements are noteworthy, the age of AI is just beginning. As more contractors begin using this technology, it will be interesting to see how else it could influence the construction industry.