Constructing the Future as Now: Futurist Jack Uldrich to Speak in Saratoga Springs

Best-selling author and trend expert Jack Uldrich is scheduled to speak at the AGC NYS (Associated General Contractors of New York State) Construction Industry Conference today in Upstate New York.

​Futurist Jack Uldrich, is of the opinion that "The greatest change right now is the rate of change. That, coupled with the fact that we are transitioning to a period of constant transition, are two inescapable truths facing us today.”

This morning, Uldrich will address these very issues at the 30th Annual Construction Industry Conference in Saratoga Springs. His opening keynote "Today is the Future," will concentrate on technology, change management, and leadership within the construction industry in the coming years.

"When it comes to construction and manufacturing, expect to hear more about the "Internet of Things."

Jack Uldrich, Futurist & Change Agent

Sensors, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Nanotechnology are just a few of the hot trends that are here now establishing a pace for an ever-accelerating future for the world of construction.

So when it comes to building, Uldrich is a keen believer in the need for future-proofing. 

He states, "When it comes to construction and manufacturing, expect to hear more about the “Internet of Things. The simple reality is in the next ten years an estimated 50 billion physical objects will be connected to the Internet through low-cost, wireless sensors. In a word, that will change the scope of everything as we know it."

He continues saying, "Increasingly flexible, easily converted designs that can entertain different uses are in high demand. That could mean modular construction, with buildings that you can add to or subtract from, which create an intriguing paradox in the field.”

In the article, Pete Kriger's Keeping Up: When Technological Change Begets More, Faster Change Uldrich also states:

"Situations may arise in which a developer may make a cost/benefit decision to go with an existing technology or one with an envisioned expiration date—even though a successor is on the horizon. Someone had to build the last lighthouse in America. Even though they saw the advent of sonar and radar, those technologies weren’t there yet, and they had to keep ships safe. That’s the cost of doing business in a world that’s changing. We may know there is a better alternative down the road, but sometimes we need things now.”

Highly regarded for his thought-provoking keynote presentations, workshops and discussions on future trends in a variety of industries, Uldrich has delivered presentations to the Henkels and McCoy, the Urban Land Institute, The Great Cities Initiative, the City of Glendora, CA, ABB, and Emerson, among others.

Parties interested in learning more about him, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website.

Source: Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning