Throughout history, technological changes have had enormous impacts on the way we live and work. In recent years, the rise of social media has resulted in profound changes in society, not dissimilar to those that happened following the invention of the printing press. As well as providing a historical context, this BSRIA White Paper examines the technologies that will have an effect on buildings and building services in coming years. These range from digital technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence to hi-tech machines such as 3D printers and robotic bricklayers. Global sources are drawn on to paint a picture of a changing world.