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.

Read the whole thing!

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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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