Interesting article recently on the potential future of housebuilding, and a proposal to automate the construction industry, with reference to brick laying. 

Does this spell the end for our faithful bricklayers? Well, initially for the speed and quality, it does appear to meet of requirements. Although there does not appear to be cavity wall or any DPC. 

Of course this is only one of many trades, required in the construction of the house, so it remains to be seen, what else can and should be automated?