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05 Dec 2016
The origins of artificial intelligence (AI) can be traced back to ancient Greeks and their efforts to model human thinking. Since that time, AI as a concept has snowballed to become one of the world's hottest topics. Science and technology journalist Mark Harris provides a potted history.
Former Technology Editor for the Guardian Charles Arthur thinks that a new paradigm has taken place. When someone tells you that the future lies with artificial intelligence, pause before you roll your eyes.
Paul Bagust, 02 Dec 2016
It's increasingly recognised that facilities management (FM) has a strategic role to play in the experience of the end user of buildings and facilities, and ultimately plays an integral role in social, environment and economic-wellbeing.
Amanda Clack FRICS, 01 Dec 2016
We can be certain of future disruptive changes in the technologies that affect our everyday lives, bringing an exponential pace of change. In this respect, Stanford University’s recent report 'Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030' raises deep questions for society and our profession.
Simon Rubinsohn, 29 Nov 2016
Markets are beginning to fret once again about the strains both within the single currency and the EU itself. This is most visible in the spread between the yield on German government bonds, which are seen as the safest asset in Europe, and the yield on debt issued by other government in Europe. The chart below shows how this gap has widened in recent weeks in the case of both France and Italy.
29 Nov 2016
Technology often makes things in daily life more efficient and easier to undertake; the mundane and monotonous become manageable. Our smartphone has become the alternative remote control to our life, work and home. In estate agency the impact of technology has not gone unnoticed.
Laura Lindberg, 29 Nov 2016
During the month of November, media outlets paid particular attention to the commercial property analysis provided by our professionals across most European markets, with the release of the RICS Commercial Property Monitors in Europe during the third quarter of the year.
28 Nov 2016
We are inundated day in day out with news stories on scandals, ethical breaches, fraud, corruption – all driven by hypercompetition and a “need” for perpetual growth. This year’s Harris Debate, titled Ethics, Competition and Growth: Where are we now?, focussed on ethical business and the role individuals, business and professions play in its conduct.
Sean Ellison, 22 Nov 2016
An increase in leverage among Chinese developers via an opaque financing structure has increased the risk of a downturn in the residential property market. The Chinese government's annual Central Economic Work Conference held in December will likely offer an indication of whether authorities begin to reign in leverage.
Sean Ellison, 17 Nov 2016
Earlier this year, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) became the latest central bank to experiment with Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP). They followed this up in September with even further unconventional monetary policy, which they have called "Qualitative and Quantitative Easing with Yield Curve Control.”
Dan Hughes, 16 Nov 2016
If there is one thing we can learn from recent global political events, it is that financial markets and economies more generally, do not respond well to uncertainty. Manager at KPMG Joshua Southern argues that in order for construction projects to be successful, they must also provide certainty and confidence to both investors and client sponsors.
14 Nov 2016
The Apple watch is up to 125,000 times more powerful than the Apollo Lander. How can we use such rapid advances in technology to reduce inequalities, limit our impact on the environment and create real opportunities for people?
10 Nov 2016
Associate Director at Faithful+Gould Hannah Davis and apprentices from the The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust explained what they look for in an employer at our 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Having been in the industry for the past 13 years, Hannah spoke of how Faithful+Gould has helped nurture her throughout her career and how colleagues have always been supportive.
Sean Tompkins, 09 Nov 2016
Recently, we took a bold step when we publically pledged to champion gender diversity across our sector.
Dan Hughes, 07 Nov 2016
“The Built Environment sector does not seem to be making much progress when it comes to innovation and our ambition to invest in research and development that should help margins.” Mike Stephens from CDS UK provides his views and offers some reflections and direction.
Graham Ellis MRICS, 07 Nov 2016
With the cold weather now upon us (for those of us in the northern hemisphere!), RICS is advising homeowners to check their properties to help stop the predicted harsh weather from taking its toll on their property, heating and maintenance bills.
07 Nov 2016
Our Bookshop Manager at Parliament Square Paulo Ferreira shares his recommendations for the seven books you must read for measurement, which can all be ordered from the RICS Bookshop.
03 Nov 2016
A recent report found there were more than 400 tall buildings in the pipeline for London. Suffice to say, by 2035 it is likely that our views across the city will be very different and we will be faced with some tough choices about our built environment.
Laura Lindberg, 03 Nov 2016
In October, European media reported how RICS continued to promote the adoption of international standards for the benefit of transparency of the markets and how we look at the future of the industry skilling up the profession with high level education, as well as making the case for diversity and inclusion across Europe.
Amanda Clack FRICS, 02 Nov 2016
Ruins remind us that nothing is permanent, that we must change before the need for it becomes pressing.
31 Oct 2016
Trainee Quantity Surveyor with Turner and Townsend Joe Chapman always had an interest in the built environment, but it was a business trip to the Philippines in 2014 that opened his eyes to the variety of roles available within the construction industry. Joe tells us about his experiences so far in his own words.
Flooding affects half a billion people each year, according to the EU’s Global Flood Observatory, and this could quadruple by 2050. How can we adapt to this ‘new normal’?
Dan Hughes, 27 Oct 2016
“Our machines should be nothing more than tools for extending the power of the human beings who use them.” This was one of the views that came out of our recent event on the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the built environment. Here we provide a snapshot of some of the key messages to take away.
Tarrant Parsons, 27 Oct 2016
Our latest Global Commercial Property Monitor results show European real estate continues to display strong momentum on a global comparison. Confidence is improving around the world, but most notably in a number of European cities including Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Madrid and Budapest.
Jeremy Blackburn, 26 Oct 2016
The Government’s decision to expand Heathrow has been one of the most eagerly awaited decisions, coming 15 months after the release of the Howard Davies Airport Commission’s July 2015 report.
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