Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

  • The History of the Elevator is About Innovation and Economic Growth

    Elevator Economics

    Dec 6, 12 • 1002 Views • No Comments

    Where would we be without the elevator? To deliver a bed, sometimes you need an elevator. It is easy now…but not during the mid-19th century. When a bed company mechanic, Elisha Graves Otis, was asked to create a freight elevator, he knew he had to......  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    Urban Pollution

    Dec 2, 12 • 2646 Views • No Comments

    When we worry about the impact of autos on the environment, perhaps we should remember the horse. In 1880, the horse population in Manhattan and Brooklyn was somewhere between 150,000-175,000 and growing. A basic part of city life, horsecar rides totalled......  [read more]

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    Do You Like the GDP?

    Nov 28, 12 • 451 Views • No Comments

    Having just come across the “Better Life Index,” I started thinking about Ed Koch, a former mayor of NYC who often asked everyone, “How am I doing?” Here are some thoughts about how to measure how well we are doing. The GDP:......  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    A Path for Driverless Cars

    Nov 3, 12 • 833 Views • 2 Comments

    A self-driving car could be a pleasure… The day would begin with a pick-up that you scheduled through your phone app. When your self-driving car arrived at your front door, you would get in, check today’s drive time and start to prepare for your......  [read more]

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    The iPhone 5 Map App

    Sep 29, 12 • 701 Views • 1 Comment

    While Apple’s iPhone 5 map app might not always take us where we want to go, it will probably provide a path to some surprising innovation. A little history first… The iPhone 4 was released during June 2010 with a new antenna design that soon......  [read more]