Automation could create a utopia

Digitization is neither utopia nor dystopia

There are strong DIY, maker and other movements that would rather use imperfect human-made products than impersonal mass-produced goods. Other movements want to break out of our current work and consumption system. These countercultures could have feedback on the economic system and digitization. Personally, I think that an analog countermovement would only gain momentum when the first smart city meltdown comes or the subjectively perceived loss of privacy is no longer bearable for a critical mass. But it could also be that mankind is ready to live with such negative consequences, since the advantages outweigh the disadvantages or the personal limits of tolerability are gradually shifted.

The use of AI will increase and constantly change our everyday life. Already today we trust in recommendation systems in navigation (Google Maps), shopping (Amazon), film selection (Netflix) or music selection (Spotify). Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is used to automatically detect cyber threats, and medical diagnoses are computerized. AI is already ubiquitous and the possible applications are increasing, which is also due to the quantitative and qualitative increase in data as well as more powerful hardware. In return, there are a number of competent scientists who warn of the risks of uncontrolled AI use. Politicians should also get involved and create clear framework conditions.

It does not make sense to talk about the theoretical limits of artificial intelligence in the context of the real estate industry, as it is only just arriving there. Automated real estate valuation and building control to use resources more sustainably or simulations for urban planning purposes are exciting. I also think that generative AI is likely, which conceives objects architecturally and calculates their statics. If digital work models prevail or the world of work structurally changes, there will be shifts in the demand for space. ******* In addition, the requirements for building equipment will change. Basically, there are no limits to creativity here.

1 See e.g. Richard David Precht: Hunters, Shepherds, Critics. 2018
2 See e.g. Don & Alex Tapscott: Blockchain Revolution. 2018
3 See Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor: How the Digital Economy has Exacerbated Inequality. knowledge.insead.edu/responsibility/how-the-digital-economy-has-exacerbated-inequality-9726
4 Cf. Florian Diekmann: 45 Germans own as much as the poorer half of the population. www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/vermoegen-45-superreich-besitzen-so-viel-wie-die-halbe-deutsche-bevoelkerung-a-1189111.html
5 Cf. Viktor Weber: Blockchains explained in a wholesome way. www.irebs-immobilienakademie.de/aktuelles-bei-irebs/irebs-standpunkt/irebs-standpunkt-nr-73/
6 See Viktor Weber: Is your smart home as safe as you think? www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/09/is-your-smart-home-as-safe-as-you-think-internet-things/
7 See Viktor Weber: It's time to dispel the myths of automation www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/10/the-true-complexity-of-automation/