Sunday, September 18, 2016

Are Smart Contracts on the Blockchain Next?



I've been following the rapid development of the blockchain and am coming to the conclusion that it will be the next big thing from a contract perspective. Feel free to reach out if you need a Blockchain Lawyer!

Watch Melanie Swan explain the future of the blockchain.




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Monday, August 22, 2016

What if Memory Holes Were Closed?





George Orwell famously warned of Memory Holes monitored by the Ministry of Truth. Police power, a command economy and propaganda served the state's interest in controlling society. The Ministry of Truth's ability to bury unfavored "truths" in Memory Holes and rewrite the "Narrative" on the basis of "truths" favored by the state. Blockchains imperil the state's ability to control the Narrative.

Richard Fernandez explores this issue in more detail in the article, "The End of the Memory Hole" quoted and linked below.

The idea of the state as the "locomotive of history" is relatively recent. George Orwell's 1984 saw state resting on the pillars of police power, a command economy and the ability to rewrite the Narrative.  The most important of these was the ability to rewrite the factual record.  In fact 1984's protagonist was employed full time to rewrite newspaper articles.  In Orwell's view the mutability of the past was the foundation of tyranny.  "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."  To ensure this the Ministry of Truth was honeycombed with Memory Holes into which any inconvenient fact could be dropped and be disappeared. 


While the foregoing article tackles the issues from a political perspective, my interest in the Blockchain revolves around my passion for creating Collaborative Agreements that arise from trust based relationships. Imagine a new generation of construction contracts based on blockchain technology. Reducing the cost of transactions and fixing the "truth" on a construction project is attractive to all participants in the process. The video linked below provides an in depth discussion of the blockchain.

 



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Excellent IPD Article




Always glad to see construction professionals with boots on the ground recognize the value of integrated project delivery. More importantly, it good to see new business models deployed and the use of integrated legal agreements to support those new business models. Below is an excerpt from the article followed by a link to the full article.

The digitization of intercompany collaboration creates a unique opportunity window for construction companies to improve efficiency, optimize performance, and increase profits. To do so successfully, construction companies must move from a design-bid-build delivery method to an integrated project delivery contract system with outcome-based success measurements.



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Monday, August 8, 2016

Plasma Engine a Step Closer


The articles linked below provide details regarding the VASIMR plasma engine being developed by a small company in Houston with NASA's backing. Sounds very promising.



Very cool stuff.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ohio Oil & Gas Production



Ohio now produces 1,000% more oil and gas than it did just 10 years ago! Energy independence and clean burning natural gas? Isn't technology grand!


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Materials Science Advances Again!



Titanium / Gold Alloy 4 times stronger than Titanium AND compatible with human tissue? Can you say Bionic Man?

The smarty pants researchers at Rice University knock it out of the park again! Damn.  ... If you want to study advanced materials science or nanotechnology then Rice University is the destination of choice. The scientists there CONTINUE to hammer the long ball out of the park.

The latest? A titanium - gold alloy that is stronger than titanium but STILL compatible with the human anatomy. Cannot wait until they craft me a new set of lower back discs!



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Case for the Brexit




Daniel Hannan delivers an amazing speech explaining why he is voting to exit the EU. As a MEP in Brussels his pitch is "Fire me!"

Oh how I wish we had a political class that even remotely resembled this man.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shale Oil & Gas Rises Phoenix Like




Despite the best shot of OPEC and the Green Allies in the west the Shale Oil & Gas industry in the US is rising, again, from the ashes of an all out assault that saw oil drop to $26 a barrel. 


Between the glimmer of hope for Nuclear power - environmentalist that ACTUALLY believe carbon emissions are a problem support expansion of nuclear power - and the vast reserves of oil and gas in tight shale formations world wide the world is poised to leverage cheap clean energy for a very long time. If the coal industry survives the left's concerted attempts to bankrupt it then poor people all over the world will enjoy access to cheap energy to help raise them out of poverty. Energy, whether produced by oil & gas, coal, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, solar panels, windmills or some other mechanism - is critical to raising the poor out of poverty. A combination of cheap energy, liberty, private property rights, and non-crony based capitalism can raise billions of people out of poverty 


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Toys in the Classroom




Those of you who follow the blog know I'm advocate flipping the classroom to increase teaching time. Another simple teaching technique I favor involves use of toys to teach. In the video linked below the "toy" explains the Pythagorean theorem perfectly!

 



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Building Information Modeling - BIM - Experiencing Explosive Growth




A new study finds a rise in the use of BIM tools, with growth in Asia especially impressive. My caution to the industry is not to forget the process side of the arch where continuous improvement opportunities lie and to realize new legal frameworks are required to achieve real lasting success in the arena.

The world BIM market is expected to reach a value of $11.7 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 21.6% during 2016 -2022. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness an upsurge in demand owing to the exponentially growing construction industry and supportive government regulations for mandating the use of BIM. Furthermore, BIM is forecast to gain increasing adoption across various sectors such as commercial and infrastructure construction.


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