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Digital Real Estate, Smart Cities, and Why AI Will Make us More Human

with Paul Doherty

Digital Real Estate, Smart Cities, and Why AI Will Make us More Human

with Paul Doherty

When people approach Paul Doherty at conferences calling him “The OG,” it’s not schmoozing, and certainly not exaggerative.

It’s just conference life when you really are the original gangster, having published on the metaverse almost thirty years ago, and having been a part of Revit before it was even called Revit.

From inter-building communication to real-world NPCs, The Digit Group President & CEO Paul Doherty walks the walk of thinking differently, rather than just talking the talk. In an expansive conversation with Matthew, he lets us in on how his life resembles Forrest Gump’s, smart cities, 3Ding & the metaverse in the 1990s, working with China and the royal family of Dubai, what AI will make us, the AEC Hackathon, knowledge sharing, tools vs. solutions, what he hopes to unveil this September, and much more.

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Episode Timeline

01:02
How Paul’s life resembles Forrest Gump, early IBM & Microsoft experiences, and his AutoCAD introduction
6:25
Becoming web-based in 1994, and an author shortly after
10:30
3D modeling a professional baseball team’s stadium in the 1990s, 3D parametric CAD, and the pivot from architecture to software
12:56
The guys behind Google Earth, and Paul’s globe-spanning projects
16:18
An incredible offer from the royal family of Dubai, and Paul’s current focus
20:36
Unlocking the Metaverse, and what AI will make us
23:06
How Paul has stayed ahead of the curve for decades, and what the digital world is starting to shine a light on
28:46
Thinking outside the box when colleagues or management don’t want to, and what BBQ methodology can teach us
33:49
NPCs and avatars, with practical real-world use cases
37:09
Ready Player One
38:52
An anecdote involving music and the original Mac, and tools vs. solutions
42:08
RCN’s community building
44:00
Obstacles to accomplishment, tactics to overcome them, and the AEC Hackathon
49:17
RCN Committees and cross-technology collaboration
50:49
Specific bottlenecks & pain points Paul sees today, and the next big growth field
56:48
Data management, and inspiring upcoming generations
58:54
The precise reasons the industry is so crucial, and entrepreneurship vs. working within a company
1:02:44
Paul’s take on the future
1:09:46
“Sharing secrets” and helping peers
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Paul Doherty

President and CEO

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Paul Doherty

President and CEO

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