Friday, December 15, 2017

Title Coin on the Blockchain



For the past year I've been using the term Title Coin to describe digital title to a particular parcel of land. When I use the term Title Coin I am thinking of a token generated by the software protocol that underpins a blockchain. A Title Coin could be a colored coin in the Bitcoin world, a token or even a miniature Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) in the Ethereum world. In the coming year I anticipate testing the creation of an actual Title Coin and I wanted to post the concept here for posterity.

James 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

An Excellent Blockchain Article on Property Rights




The article excerpted below deserves your full attention if you have any interest the future of real estate.

The blockchain today performs the same function that a record of ownership provided in the 11th century BC. It confirms that this is mine and that is yours, and thus makes possible a greater degree of peaceful trade and wealth creation. 
When you think of it this way, you realize that the blockchain is a new technology that provides for an ancient need. If it had existed in the 11th century BC, along with the supporting technology, it would have been used. 
The point is that it is here now. It is the future, until the next technology comes along. What gives rise to such services is not the longing for edgy new gizmos or the digitalization of everything but rather a universal human need.

The Three Stages of Ownership

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Great Summary of How Fusion Works




The Holy Grail of energy production, the ability to harness the power of fusion looms as a more realistic goal than ever. The article linked below provides a nice summary for the lay person. I found the image below particularly informative.

Successful fusion promises to disrupt the energy industry on the same scale as blockchain promises to disrupt the use of trusted intermediaries to facilitate transactions in commerce.


Fusion Article

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blockchain Articles Galore!




The iEEE Spectrum report excerpted and linked below provides links to a plethora of interesting article on the blockchain. Anyone interested in the blockchain needs to bookmark that page and spend the next few weeks reading an article each day. A very good resource.

And if your organization needs help putting the right legal framework in place to successfully procure, plan, design, construct operate and maintain built assets call Collaborative Construction, we can help. Whether its BIM, IPD, Lean Construction or Smart Contracts on the Blockchain we keep our finger on the pulse of innovation in the built environment and our simple workshop and web-based approach to training helps your organization build skills in a variety of ways.

Hat tip to Mark Giuliani with Giuliani Associates Architects for finding the article!

Special Report: Blockchain World

When Bitcoin was unleashed on the world, it filled a specific need. But it wasn’t long before people realized the technology behind Bitcoin—the blockchain—could do much more than record monetary transactions. That realization has lately blossomed into a dazzling and often bewildering array of startup companies, initiatives, corporate alliances, and research projects. Billions of dollars will hinge on what they come up with. So you should understand how blockchains work—and what could happen if they don’t.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

GPS on Smart Phones Now Smarter





Increasing the accuracy of your smart phone's GPS will benefit professionals operating in the built environment in many ways.

We’ve all been there. You’re drivingdown the highway, just as your navigation app instructed, when Siri tells you to “proceed east for one-half mile, then merge onto the highway.” But you’re already on the highway. After a moment of confusion and perhaps some rude words about Siri and her extended AI family, you realize the problem: Your GPS isn’t accurate enough for your navigation app to tell if you’re on the highway or on the road beside it.

Those days are nearly at an end. At the Institute of Navigation GNSS+ conference in Portland, Ore., in September, Broadcom announced that it is providing customers samples of the first mass-market chip to take advantage of a new breed of global navigation satellite signals. This new chip will give the next generation of smartphones ­30-centimeter accuracy as opposed to today’s 5 meters. Even better, it works in a city’s concrete canyons, and it consumes half the power of today’s generation of chips. The chip, the BCM47755, has been included in the design of some smartphones slated for release in 2018, but Broadcom would not reveal which.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Initial Coin Offerings on the Blockchain Under SEC Scrutiny




The SEC recently issued a ruling that indicated certain initial coin offerings on the blockchain may involve the sale of securities.

The substantive paper excerpted and linked below delves into the issues raised in great detail. Looks like the lawyers are rooting around in the blockchain for real now!

The spectacular growth of tokens sales has caused some to argue that these sales simply serve as new tools for hucksters and unscrupulous charlatans to fleece consumers, raising the attention of regulators across the globe. A more careful analysis, however, reveals that blockchain-based tokens represent a wide variety of assets that take a variety of forms. Some are obvious investment vehicles and entitle their holders to economic rights like a share of any profits generated by the project. Others carry with them the right to use and govern the technology that is being developed with funds generated by the token sale and may represent the beginning of a new way to build and fund powerful technological platforms.

Lacking homogeneity, the status of tokens under U.S. securities laws is anything but clear. The test under which security status is assessed — the Howey test — has uncertain application to blockchain-based tokens, particularly those that entitle the holder to use a particular technological service, because they also present the possibility of making a profit by selling the token on a secondary market. Although the SEC recently issued a Report of Investigation in which it found that one type of token qualified as a security, confusion surrounds the boundaries between the types of tokens that will be deemed securities and those that will not.

Blockchain-based tokens exhibit disparate features and have characteristics that make current registration exemptions a poor fit token sales. In addition to including requirements that do not fit squarely with blockchain-based systems, the transfer restrictions that apply to the most popular exemptions would have the perverse effect of restricting the ability of US consumers to access a new generation of digital technology. The result is an uncertain regulatory environment in which token sellers do not have a sensible path to compliance.

In this Article, we argue that the SEC and Congress should provide token sellers and the exchanges that facilitate token sales with additional certainty. Specifically, we propose that the SEC provide guidance on how it will apply the Howey test to digital tokens, particularly those that mix aspects of consumption and use with the potential for a profit. We also propose that lawmakers adopt both a compliance-driven safe harbor for online exchanges that list tokens with a reasonable belief that the public sale of such tokens is not a violation of Section 5 as well as an exemption to the Section 5 registration requirement that has been tailored to digital tokens.

Rohr, Jonathan and Wright, Aaron, Blockchain-Based Token Sales, Initial Coin Offerings, and the Democratization of Public Capital Markets (October 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3048104

Download the paper and read it!

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Thinking Critically in a Collaborative Setting




As a Philosophy Major I greatly value critical thinking. As an attorney, steeped in the Socratic Method who advocates the use of BIM & IPD to plan, design and construct smart built assets I particularly value the demonstration of critical thinking by experienced professionals operating, on their feet, in a collaborative environment.

But to be fair to others, these intense collaborative exchanges even wear on me, and at the end of a long workshop focused on XYZ in an IPD environment I often feel spent. Early in my career I tried dozens of jury trials and spend many a night preparing experts and other witnesses to testify the next day and followed that up with another day of trial where focus, precision and thinking on your feet was critical.

With that background in mind I encourage readers of this blog to think critically not just collaboratively about the problems you encounter in the built environment. Below is an excerpt from an article published on LinkedIn by Tim Leberecht that prompted this post.

 Real thinking means critical thinking. And critical thinking is critical--in fact, so much so that the World Economic Forum and others consider it one of the essential skills for future career success. Critical thinking keeps us from merely reacting to events like Pavlov's dogs, and it helps us do what we were supposed to do as leaders in the first place: to act proactively.

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Laing & O'Rourke Prints 3D Concrete Panels




The story linked below combines two of this blogs passions, concrete and 3D printing. As predicted here, 3D printing in construction is coming soon to a project near you!

Now, in a factory 16km south of Doncaster, England, a robotic arm roams like a bird of prey over a platform where it will use a hard, pink wax to construct a mould. The arm is attached to a steel gantry which moves it in three dimensions across a space of 30 meters long by 3.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters deep.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wise Owls at Rice Strike Again!




Researches at Rice University in Houston Texas added a bit of asphalt to a lithium battery and increased the capacity of the battery significantly while, simultaneously, making the battery safer - less likely to catch fire / explode - and reducing the the time it takes to charge the battery!

The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt that showed exceptional stability after more than 500 charge-discharge cycles. A high-current density of 20 milliamps per square centimeter demonstrated the material’s promise for use in rapid charge and discharge devices that require high-power density.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Smart Contracts on the Blockchain - Next Steps


Developing Smart Contracts on the Blockchain - Next Steps

Join other innovators Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the American Book Building located at 300 Pike Street, Cincinnati Ohio 45202 to continue our effort to develop Smart Contracts on the Blockchain. Parking is available in the lot south of the building under the overpass.

This is our second meeting and the initial attendees will continue work on development of a simple real estate rental agreement as a smart contract on the blockchain. New attendees are welcome and will become involved in development of a smart contract of their own on the blockchain.

IBREA Chapter Cincinnati, Ohio

This event doubles as a meeting of the Cincinnati Chapter of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association. Founded in Orange County, California by Ragnar Lifthrasir in 2013 IBREA now has 3,000 members in 17 countries. Members include professionals in real estate development, investment, escrow, title, law, brokerage, government and marketing. Below please find a few thoutghs on the nature of the blockchain.

Greed secures the blockchain, freeing capitalism on a global scale

Satoshi Nakamoto’s ingenious Bitcoin protocol leveraged an age old human behavior, greed, to secure the Bitcoin blockchain. The token of value in the protocol, Bitcoin, increases in value the more secure the system becomes. Accordingly, all with a stake in Bitcoin – holders of Bitcoin and / or users of the blockchain – share a vested interested interest in securing the kingdom. That instinct, to preserve one’s own resources, aka greed, incentivizes all stakeholders to act in a manner that enhances security of the system as a whole.

The protocol also enables peer to peer digital transfers of value within the system, without permission from a third party, trusted or otherwise and thus has the potential for exponential growth on the web. Releasing the power of capitalism over the web – and not Crony or Corporate Capitalism – will empower BILLIONS in poverty to participate in a system that raised BILLIONS out of poverty thanks to the industrial revolution and the knowledge economy, powered by the information age and now the blockchain. Deploying the knowledge economy on the blockchain will prove Hayek’s thesis in “The Fatal Conceit” (1988) millions of times every day.

A word of caution

The Bitcoin protocol only contemplates the mining of 21 million Bitcoins. Thus, at some point transaction fees will replace the mining of new bitcoins as the cost of validation. This will impact Miners, who validate transactions in exchange for newly minted Bitcoins. Some argue a dearth of engaged Miners spells doom for the Bitcoin platform. Others, however, rejects such fears and instead see an even brighter future for Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies. Your author falls in the later camp.

As the Bitcoin blockchain approaches the 21 million cap uncertainty reigns regarding exactly how the system will respond when the Bitcoin spigot cuts off for the Miners and they transition to a fee per transaction model. Ultimately however, given the nature and effect of Moore’s Law, I predict those per transaction fees will be far less than the value of a single Bitcoin as competition among Miners, and others offering the same service, emerges.

And as Satoshi wisely predicted, the ensuing system will operate smoothly and grow in strength. Smart contracts written on the blockchain hold enormous promise.

This Meetup Group is open to innovative collaborators interested in learning more about smart contracts and how to deploy smart contracts effectively.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pellets of Oil?




An interesting discovery out of Canada.

Gates and his team of researchers have developed the technology to the point where they can make pellets of various sizes right at the wellhead, using about the same amount of energy as it takes to add diluent to the bitumen to liquefy it for shipping via pipelines.

"Think Advil," Gates said. "You have the chemical material ... we're then exposing that material, on the outside, to a set of heat, pressure conditions, that then yield a asphaltine-rich coating. So, really just a coating that bounds the inner material."

ian gates

Ian Gates at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering says his bitumen pellet invention will make it cheaper and safer to transport Alberta's energy products by rail. (CBC)

Environmentally safe

The pellets are tough and can be safely transported by rail or truck without worrying about spills. Because of a gas bubble injected inside each pellet, they are also buoyant, Gates says.

"They're nice and hardy. If you put them in water, they'll sit like that for a very long time," Gates said.

"It's a safe product for transport."

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Mathematical Corporation




Just read an excerpt from a new book, The Mathematical Corporation, written by two VPs at Booz Allen Hamilton that grapples with the complexity of knowledge in the context of a BIG DATA and what it means to leadership in the future. Very interesting stuff.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

What is a smart contract on the blockchain?




Smart Contracts written on the blockchain are Turing enabled blockchains, or distributed ledgers that utilize logic loops and forks, that support automated identification of participants in self-enforcing “smart contracts” that leverage data traditionally left in silos on the web. Clever cryptography in the code by-passes intermediaries normally entrusted to verifying transactions. This dramatically reduces the trust gap for transactions of all kinds.  

Reducing the trust gap in commerce is a paradigm shift as dramatic as our shift to a knowledge economy.

It is not dis-similar to the shift from oral traditions to cuneiform writing in Mesopotamia, moving from hand writing to the printing press in the middle ages, and transitioning from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy and then, ultimately, to our current knowledge economy. 

This TedX Talk by Richie Etwaru explains the paradigm shift associated with dramatic reductions in the trust gap.

Richie also wrote a book, Blockchain: Trust Companies where he argues every company is at risk of being disrupted by a trusted version of itself. 

At Collaborative Construction we are committed to driving disruption by trusted companies. If you are trusted company and you want to utilize smart contracts written on the blockchain, then reach out to us.
  

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What is a blockchain?




More and more I get asked "What is a blockchain?" below is my current working definition.

A blockchain, ideally written in open source computer code, records and time stamps authorized transactions on a ledger distributed over the web, creating immutable records of transactions in append-only databases stored on computers all over the world. This creates transparent audit trails, reduces the trust gap, increases accountability and, overtime, creates a virtually un-hackable chain of transactions. Bitcoin and other crypto currencies reside on such ledgers.

This disruptive technology is poised to dramatically close the trust gap on a wide variety of transactions, reducing friction associated with transactions of all kinds all over the world in the years to come. If you or you company have an interest in writing smart contracts on the blockchain reach out to Collaborative Construction as we are on the forefront of this from a built environment and legal perspective.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Delaware Approves Blockchain for Stock




The State of Delaware continues to lead the way on the adoption and use of blockchain technologies in the US.

Delaware Assembly Passes Law Legalizing Blockchain Trades

The State of Delaware just took a historic step toward ensuring that US stock exchanges will soon be violently disrupted by blockchain technology - possibly to the extent of being rendered obsolete. CoinDesk reports that lawmakers in the state’s general assembly passed a law that makes explicit the right to trade stocks on a blockchain.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Advances in Batteries




To truly leverage energy in a mobile environment we need better batteries. The article linked below describes a potential breakthrough in zinc-air batteries that may help.

Promising Research into Zinc-Air Batteries


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Culture War Underway




As an advocate of Smart Built Cultures it saddens me to see our country torn apart by warring factions on the right and the left operating under pretty dumb "cultures".

Two thoughts, best summarized by quotes from the great George Orwell - a classic liberal and man of the left in his day - that should give today's "liberals" pause as they seek to tear down statutes, re-name parks and generally attempt to erase and or rewrite history.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

― George Orwell1984

In Nineteen Eighty-Four the memory hole is a small chute leading to a large incinerator used for censorship:[3][4]
In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.[5]
Nineteen Eighty-Four's protagonist Winston Smith, who works in the Ministry of Truth, is routinely assigned the task of revising old newspaper articles in order to serve the propaganda interests of the government. For example, Smith may be called to retroactively change a statement about food rationing to reflect new policies.
Today's media busily tosses stories that fail to fit their narrative down the memory hole. Fortunately, the memory hole sprung a leak with the formation of the internet. Sure, China and Russia, along with other despotic regimes like Iran, North Korea and others, operate relatively effective "memory holes" and maintain some level of control over the chutes leading to the memory hole. But thanks to the internet people enjoy access to information, data and memes cast down the memory hole by the media, politicians, bureaucrats and other power grabbers. In other words, the memory hole has sprung a leak.



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spider silk Kevlar bridge wires?




Amazing advances in material science are on the horizon. When will these advances impact the built environment? Sooner than you think!

Researchers in India weld spider silk to Kevlar


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Who Guards the Gate in BIM World?




The article excerpted and linked below, by Sarah Rock, Esq. with Gowling WLG, analyzes a UK case arising from a dispute in Falkand that raised serious issues regarding ownership of the common data environment (CDE) on a BIM enabled project. Sarah's analysis is substantive and insightful. Read the whole thing.

Whilst primarily arising from a dispute over contract terms and the value of the works, the decision in Trant Engineering Ltd V Mott MacDonald Ltd [2017] is of particular interest as it is the first published case where BIM features substantively, writes Sarah Rock.
Trant was engaged by the MoD as contractor for a £55m project in respect of the construction of a power station in the Falkland Islands. Mott MacDonald was appointed to provide design services and was also the building information modelling (BIM) coordinator, controlling access to the common data environment (CDE).
When a fee dispute arose, Mott MacDonald suspended its services and blocked Trant's access codes to the CDE leaving Trant and the rest of the project team unable to access the design materials. 

THE COMMON DATA ENVIRONMENT – WHO SHOULD BE THE GATEKEEPER?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

If blockchains ran the world ...




As Collaborative Construction works to bring Smart Built Cultures to the world we keep a close eye on all things technological. And one of the technologies making waves these days is the blockchain.

An article written by James L. Salmon on the potential use of blockchain technology to facilitate payment of pay applications in construction is one example. That article, "The Future of Payments in Construction: Pay me on the Blockchain!" includes an introduction to the blockchain then explores pay applications as a potential use case and is available at the link above.

Another interesting discussion of blockchains is set forth in the article "If blockchains ran the world Disrupting the Trust Business" published in The Economist this month.

At Collaborative Construction we will keep a finger on the pulse of the blockchain and anyone that needs help creating a Smart Built Culture within their organization should reach out to us!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Launch of the c4SMC



Western Sydney University official launched the Centere 4 Smart Modern Construction this week in Australia. Championed by my friend and colleague David Chandler, c4SMC promises to revolutionize construction in Australia and all along the Pacific Rim. The introduction below, from David, provides all the details. Anyone interested modernizing the built environment should support the effort.

Dear colleagues,

I apologise in advance for this group communication.

Today has marked nearly 2 years of work with universities and industry to develop a fresh approach to Construction Management learning and research. Today Western Sydney University announced the establishment of a Centre for Smart Modern Construction - to be known as c4SMC. The news release is below. Please take a moment to look at it, we need industry support to advance.

My work on this project to date, and a commitment to take on the role of Industry Engagement Lead for c4SMC for the next 3 years has, and will be on a pro bono basis. Our goal is to engage over 100 construction related enterprises to be part of the initiative and raise $4m over the next 3-years. This is a very scaleable target and only requires modest recurrent investment by those enterprises. 

I would be pleased  to meet with you to discuss the detail and to show how we can leverage this investment to create a lasting beneficial contribution to our domestic Construction Industry.

Everyone can be a part of this and benefit collectively.

The c4SMC announcement coincides with an article I have had published in today's Sourceable.

The article discusses how the Commonwealth led western Sydney Airport delivery could be leveraged to leave a lasting positive legacy for our industry. I urge you to give it a few moments. It is critical that this project does not become an unproductive burden on the industry, but an enabler for the possibilities we believe are achievable through the c4SMC initiative.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about c4SMC. This is a unique opportunity for industry to work on a pre-competitive collaboration to ensure we leave the industry better for the future. I would value your passing this email on to others who may potentially become involved. This project seeks to engage with clients, contractors, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers and all of construction's value chain stakeholders including government and academia. All are stakeholders in this journey.

Best regards,
David.




James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon @ gmail dot com


Our affiliates and their specialties
Need Smart IPD? Collaborative ConstructionNeed Smart BIM? Onuma, Inc.
Need Smart Lawyers? Benjamin Yocum and Heather, LLC
Need Smart Built Assets? Smart Built Cultures
Need Smart Trusted Partners? Golden Rule Alliance
Need Smart Investment Properties? Smart Property Group

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WeWork Acquires FieldLens




WeWork, a well funded new generation construction management company just acquired FieldLens! The two companies appear to be a match made in heaven. And don't be surprised if you see these two operating on a blockchain platform in the not too distant future.


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James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Office 513-721-5672
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