Top 9 tech trends that will shape our built environment

Here's the introduction from an article I wrote for the Xpera blog on the 9 Building Industry Innovations to Watch: When people think about design, construction and real estate, “innovative” and “forward-thinking” probably aren’t the first words that come to mind.Many building industry professionals working today began their careers at a time when computers were … Continue reading Top 9 tech trends that will shape our built environment

Can a combination of AI and VR save brick and mortar retailers?

Despite what some industry groups might say, it is clear that online shopping has severely impacted the revenues of traditional brick and mortar retail stores. Does that mean that retail is dead, or at least on its way out? No. But, the retailers that survive the next decade will need to innovate and pivot their … Continue reading Can a combination of AI and VR save brick and mortar retailers?

Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

First the robots came for manufacturing jobs. Then they went after skilled labor. Now, robots are going after inspectors. Reuters' Alwyn Scott reports on a new business line at GE dedicated to a mostly automated process of inspecting buildings and other facilities: General Electric Co has begun testing autonomous drones and robotic "crawlers" to inspect … Continue reading Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?

Disruption is a word that is overused in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere in the tech world. The idea is that sometimes a new player comes along with an approach to doing things in such a radically different way that it disrupts the entire industry. With advancements such as building information modeling (BIM), virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), … Continue reading How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?

Google’s latest free tool uses AI to turn crude sketches into quality drawings and illustrations

Google Creative Lab, one of the many, many research and development cells within the advertising giant, just released its latest experiment in artificial intelligence (AI) to the public for free. According to the Google Blog: Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult—so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs … Continue reading Google’s latest free tool uses AI to turn crude sketches into quality drawings and illustrations