Why REA Group builds robots, artificial intelligence by Angela Hawksford in Real Estate 07 Mar 2017 The main driver of REA’s immersion into artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality has been the competitive threat posed by Facebook and Google, particularly since Facebook’s Marketplace launched in Australia last year.This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share DomainDomain Groupfairfax mediaNigel Daltonrea grouprealestate.com.au Angela Hawksford Angela is a writer and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. She has extensive knowledge of the Australian real estate industry, having started her career in real estate advertising at News Limited newspapers, where she worked across a number of different mastheads in Sydney. She s also worked in television, magazines and online, and regularly contributes feature articles to The Sydney Morning Herald, MiNDFOOD and The Newcastle Herald. Angela also works as a content writer, creating written content for a number of SMEs across an array of industries, including real estate, education, technology and digital media.