Human-Machine Symbiosis

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Coffee FactoryFrustratingly, technology has been slow to penetrate the construction industry. Several million people in the global construction industry spend significant amount of time on data entry and basic data manipulation that can be done by computers. 20% of design time and resource is spent on manual administration such as manipulating spreadsheets in Excel, updating drawing title-blocks and basic data manipulation.

However, increasingly, machines do well defined rote work better than people, but machines do not design buildings or articulate ideas better than people.

In 1960, J.C.R. Licklider  articulated the idea that, “Man-computer symbiosis is an expected development in cooperative interaction between men and electronic computers. . . . Computing machines will do the routinizable work that must be done to prepare the way for insights and decisions in technical and scientific thinking. . . . The symbiotic partnership will perform intellectual operations much more effectively than man alone can perform them”

This idea of human-machine symbiosis remains central to the the Automated Drawing Production software we design at DAD. We are on a mission to free design teams from the burden of data administration so they spend more time doing what they were born to do. Designing.

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