Category: Innovation

The cloud of title: Part 1, the Necessary Beliefs

4 December, 2017 (09:00) | blockchain, encryption, Government, Housing, Innovation, Property rights, Real estate, Speculation, Title, title insurance | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke, 1962   I’ll show you a verified transaction, big boy   This year’s It Girl, at least in the rich-geek circles of disruptive financial technology circles, is the blockchain.  Like previous tech-related It Girls before it (Theranos, anyone? […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 12, Broadband wi-fi

5 September, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, television, Theory, Toilets, Verticality, wi-fi |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11.]     12.       Broadband wi-fi (1997, Vic Hayes)   Broadband wi-fi? thinks the reader.  Wouldn’t that eliminate the comparative advantage of cities and […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 11, *Live* television

22 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, television, Theory, Toilets, Verticality |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10.]   As we saw in the previous Part 10, the arrival of television ‘de-socialized’ the consumption of news and entertainment.  Before television, people had […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 10, Television

21 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.]   Approaching the end of this lengthy and tardy exploration of the dozen technological inventions that have made possible the urban verticality which has been remaking human […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 9, I-beam steel

11 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   As the previous three parts established, in rapid succession the elevator, the telephone, and electricity on demand accelerated the economic benefits of information-based urbanization and the rise […]