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Hello, everyone. We wanted to put out a digest of all the articles and references that popped up this week in the world of automation, artificial intelligence, and construction. The overall theme here is that better tools will change how we work in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space. 

Here goes:

  1. Marc Andreessen, of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz fame, tweeted a link to a paper that was published in November. The paper, by James Bessen of Boston University School of Law, explores the relationship of computing to occupations. As we automate building information modeling (BIM), we should think about how this will affect the construction profession.
  2. Inc. published their "7 Business Predictions for 2016." Ben Parr, VC, author, columnist, and editor, writes that No. 7 on the list of predictions is that automation is going to "continue to disrupt EVERY industry." We know that concepts like generative design for BIM in the AEC space will have a huge impact. That impact has yet to be felt, but you can believe we're making every effort in 2016 to disrupt the industry.
  3. TechCrunch posted an article near and dear to our hearts – "Why Startups Will Dominate The AI-Powered Apps Landscape." While big companies and "BIG AI" get lots of press, Michael Yamnitsky writes that small, nimble startups will wield the directed firepower to solve the everyday automation tasks that are in nearly every profession.
  4. If you've ever wondered about the market size of construction, check this out. The latest federal spending budget allocated $1.1 trillion for construction.Construction Dive writes about how this will spur economic growth.  
  5. Jon Buerg wrote a blog post titled "The Wedge Between Us," describing the dynamic between BIM users and their management. This wedge is important because we want to think about how better tools will change and improve this dynamic.
  6. Yahoo! Finance posted about how construction companies are clamoring to hire the Millennial Generation. (The specific term was "desperate.") Construction has an aging workforce, and this article talks about efforts to align the construction industry with Millennial values. We think better and faster tools for construction are one strategy to solve this problem.
  7. Finally, Bloomberg Business published Goldman Sachs' "21 of the World's Most Interesting Charts," including a chart that showed the dramatic spending done in software compared to other capital expenditures.

We hope you enjoyed these posts. Check back next week for more updates on BIM and AEC!

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