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Remember the Terminator movies? It was man versus killer robots. Soon, we may see something like that without all the running and shooting. The idea that artificial intelligence will forever change society is getting closer to reality than many realize. When a machine has the ability to change its function or performance from sensors or direct input from another machine, life as we know it will change.
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Rise of the Machines
Humans have an ancient desire to make machines work for us without intervention. The first successful example dates back over 2,000 years to the Greek mathematician Ctesibius. Plagued by the inaccuracies of traditional water clocks, he invented an immensely complex automated water clock that remained the most accurate timepiece in the world until the 17th century. Today, driven by the same motivation and bolstered by millennia of innovation, we’re just steps away from automating tasks that seemed impossible only a few decades ago.
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One-Person Construction Trade Firms
From the trough of the housing downturn in 2010 through 2015, the number of homes under construction increased by 131 percent and the number of employees working in construction trade businesses increased by 18 percent. Over that span, how much would you guess the number of one-person construction trade firms increased? The answer, believe it or not, is not at all. In fact, while the demand for construction work was on the rise, the number of one-person construction firms available to help perform the work actually declined by 0.6 percent.
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Best Practices for Non-compete Agreements
When drafting enforceable non-compete agreements, general contractors should take the necessary steps to ensure that restraints imposed are not more expansive than required for their protection, do not impose an undue hardship on the employee and are not injurious to the public. Failure to do so could result in a finding that the restrictive covenant is unenforceable.
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Industry News
Color Handbook Sheen | Benjamin Moore
Add a subtle design element to your space by giving some thought to paint finishes. Learn more about different levels of sheen and how this will impact color selection. Click here for more      
Graco Introduces New King Airless Sprayers
Easy-to-maintain sprayers reduce icing potential and deliver low pulsation for improved performance Click here for more      
PPG reports 4th quarter and 2017 financial results
PPG (NYSE:PPG) reported fourth quarter 2017 net sales of approximately of $3.7 billion, up nearly 8 percent versus the prior year. Click here for more      
RPM Sets for Net Income Record 2nd Qtr
RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM) today reported record sales, net income and diluted earnings per share for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended November 30, 2017. Click here for more      
Sherwin-Williams Global Color & Design Center
The Sherwin-Williams Global Color and Design Center (GCDC) has you covered, with expert color styling services for manufacturers and designers of residential furniture, contract/hospitality furniture, kitchen cabinets, flooring and architectural woodwork Click here for more      
Ladder Safety Resources
American Ladder Institute | OSHA | StopConstructionFalls.com Click here for more      
Little Giant – Conquest
The vast majority of ladder accidents are caused by using the wrong type or size of ladder for the job and by overreaching. Click here for more      
NACE International Introduces Standard
2-hour course provides in-depth explanation of the Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning Standard Click here for more      
Discovery: Melting Hinders Some Sprayed Metal Coatings
Understanding this could lead to new ways to apply coatings or 3D print using metals Click here for more      
$ Billion California Lead Paint Appeal Decision Changes Award
A California appeals court rejected the defendants’ effort to overturn the original courts judgement. However, the court reasoned that only homes from an earlier era were ultimately relevant (prior to 1951). Click here for more      
Product Introductions
3M™ Wall Repair Fiber Reinforced Compound
3M™ Wall Repair Fiber Reinforced Compound is 3X stronger than other 3M spackles and doesn't shrink, crack or sag. Use it to repair holes up to 5" on drywall, concrete, stucco and plaster. It's easy to sand and can be used inside or outside (with exterior paint).
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Sherwin-Williams
WATERBASED ALKYD URETHANE
Suitable for multiple substrates, Sherwin-Williams® Waterbased Alkyd Urethane offers tough enamel quality and outstanding durability, washability and touchup.
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Featured Videos
New Titan RX-Pro™ Airless Spray Gun
An innovative spray gun built for the way you work, giving you ultimate comfort and control.
Upcoming Industry Events
PDCAEXPO 2018
Galveston Island, Texas
February 21-23, 2018
Knowledge Test
1. The future of work in the construction sector will be human versus machine:
2. The part of a stepladder that bends and straightens is called the:
3. According NAHB research, today on average, nearly _______ of the cost of building a typical new single-family home is attributable to government regulation.
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