Future 20 - Singularity is Coming: What is it and How Can We Prepare? Monday, 21 October 2019 from 2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Katella Terrace (Located on 200 Level) - 2:45 - 3:05
Session Type
Future 20

As we speculate about the Future of Work, we find inspiration in voices that interpolate between reality and futurism. A leading voice is Ray Kerzweil's and his concept of Singularity, where exponential and ever-accelerating innovation in technology will blend humans and computers into an infinitely smarter, faster, more effective and creative world. Examine key concepts behind Singularity, and how those ideas will impact buildings and the exploration of future environments. Explore Nanotech, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning to understand how these exponential innovations are transforming the workplace as we know it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the key concepts predicting the Age of Singularity.

  • Explore how elements of Singularity are already impacting how we work, learn and interact with each other.

  • Predict the individual ways in which singularity might begin to influence your industry and understand how to be prepared.


Portrait photo of Courtney Fain Courtney Fain
Workplace Consulting Studio Principal, JLL
Portrait photo of Jim Thompson Jim Thompson
Design Principal, Little


Technology & the Built Environment, Technology and the Built Environment

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