Brexit. The Skills shortage. Our fragmented construction industry. The housing crisis. These are all big, meaty issues that we need to address and Building Live 2017 will be confronting them head on. For the professions there is another matter that has existential consequences and that we seem to be failing to face up to with any urgency: the tsunami of change that exponential developments in digital technology and specifically AI will bring.
The Susskinds's seminal book 'The Future of the Professions' alerted us to what lies on the horizon, but the construction industry is infamously slow to change.
I'm hoping the Digitising Construction stream of Building Live will address this and help us steer a course through the challenges of disruptive technology.