Debate continues in technology circles about just when human intelligence will be overtaken by robots, but even the sceptics agree it will likely happen within the next couple of decades.
So as socio-technological singularity looms, Proptech Association Australia will meet next month to take a look at what a further disrupted future could look like for the proptech industry.
Social scientist Nigel Dalton from Thoughtworks will headline the conversation as a keynote speaker at the PTAA’s Proptech Forum in Sydney on October 13.
“The two circles of a 1980s Venn diagram labelled ‘business’ and ‘technology’ have become one,” Nigel said.
“In this new world, where we are deeply reliant on machines, there are less code problems, and more people problems.”
Nigel said that new capabilities around speed to market, applying data for intelligence-driven decisions and a productivity-centric delivery mindset, were now all mandatory.
PTAA founder and president Kylie Davis said Nigel was well placed to comment on technological disruption in the real estate industry.
“Nigel headed up the REALABS research and development team at REA Group from 2018 and is one of the best people to speak to this topic of where technology and humans collide,” she said.
“That team was responsible for ensuring REA was ahead of the curve with future technology and social trends, both in the real estate space and beyond.”
Kylie said Nigel was just one of the high-profile speakers who would appear at the Proptech Forum, exploring the theme, Disrupting the Disruptors.
Finder.com co-founder Fred Schebesta and Mina Radhakrishnan, co-founder of :Different are also headlining in a day that features more than 15 speakers and 12 separate roundtables to thrash out the issues that are impacting proptech adoption, innovation and speed to market.
“The day is designed to spark conversations, create relationships and collectively discuss and solve problems that are impacting all of us as an industry,” Kylie said. “If you’ve ever wanted to understand the proptech ecosystem, this is the place to be.”
The Proptech Forum will be held on October 13 at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney from 8.30am to 5pm. Tickets are just $295 including GST for members or $395 for non members. Group discounts are also available.