We must collaborate to safeguard construction from ‘big tech’ disruption

James Garden Gleeds LR

Artificial intelligence is advancing fast and this is our ‘Blockbuster video’ moment. Our industry has the resources to create a brighter future for our clients, our businesses and the world at large, says James Garner

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The futurist Ray Kurzweil made an important prediction in his ground-breaking book The Singularity is Near. According to his forecasts, artificial intelligence (AI) would overtake human intelligence by 2045 and create rapid technological advancement. 

Although this bold prediction was met with disbelief by many, recent advances in AI and technology have made reaching the singularity even sooner a very real possibility.

Reflecting on my career journey at Gleeds, where I started as a quantity surveyor and am now the head of data and intelligenceI have witnessed the accelerated pace of change in recent years first-handThis transformation has not been a mere tweak; it has been an eye-opening experience that has fundamentally shifted the way I perceive our profession.

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