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SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build (Hardback)

By Waldman, Jonathan

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A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers--far from the Silicon Valley limelight--and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive t...hemselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one--from MIT nerds to Army Corps engineers--has ever built a robot that can lay bricks as well as a mason. Unlike the controlled conditions of a factory line, where robots are now ubiquitous, no two construction sites are alike, and a day's work involves countless variables--bricks that range in size and quality, temperamental mortar mixes, uneven terrain, fickle weather, and moody foremen. Twenty-five years ago, on a challenging construction job in Syracuse, architect Nate Podkaminer had a vision of a future full of efficient, automated machines that freed men from the repetitive, toilsome burden of laying bricks. (Bricklayers lift the equivalent of a Ford truck every few days.) Offhandedly, he mentioned the idea to his daughter's boyfriend, and after some inspired scheming, the architect and engineer--soon to be in-laws--cofounded a humble startup called Construction Robotics. Working out of a small trailer, they recruited a boldly unconventional team of engineers to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. In classic American tradition, a small, unlikely, and eccentric family-run startup sought to reimagine the behemoth $10 billion construction industry--the second biggest industry in America--in bootstrap fashion. In the tradition of Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union), and hard-earned milestone achievements. Jonathan Waldman, acclaimed author of Rust, brings readers inside the world of the renegade company revolutionizing the most traditional trade.
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ISBN 9781501140594
Released AU 1 Jan 2020
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781501140594
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Released 1 Jan 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Waldman, Jonathan
Category Entrepreneurship
Engineering: General
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 624.1836028563
Weight 431g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Robotics, Construction industry - Automation, Bricklaying
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade