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I know, I know--it's a stretch, but if you watch "2001 A Space Odyssey" you just may come up with I just did:

The reason the whole thing with these high-tech listing platforms like Z and R seem so otherworldly right now is the disconnect to the individual, the public and the real estate agent. The failure to see that the complications of a real estate transaction are almost impossible to accomplish without a flesh and blood agent is beyond understanding.

The film "2001 A Space Odyssey" gives light to the darkness that has overtaken the brokerage communities across the nation...I almost feel like the movie and its message, as obscure as it is, is the right thing to see right now--it can open our eyes in ways that words cannot. (The film was almost totally silent in its presentation, with music seemingly the only form of communication.)

The haunting "Open the pod bay doors, Hal!"..."Open the pod bay doors, Hal!"... without an answer---long pause and then the haunting voice of the computer, Hal finally answers..."I'm sorry Dave; I'm afraid I can't do that."

I know it is a stretch because to this day no one can tell you what the movie was about. There are questions that no one even asks because there are no answers for them. And, yet there is a ravishing of the mind in the attention to detail, sound and visual effects...Stanley Kubrick's technological genius creates a calm yet fearful anxiety that lasts throughout the film.

Which brings me to the reason this movie is at the top of my list for viewing---The technological genius who came up with the listing platform and its apparent control of the entire real estate profession at the moment, can one day be unplugged... It can be defeated because of its rank disregard for others, both the public and the brokerages with all the agents who work within them! 

There is an inevitability that appears in the "Hal" character too--that, even his apparent evil can be thwarted--Even as the astronaut struggles to breathe and the AI voice in his ear is reassuring Dave that "I am feeling so much better now, Dave" as he tries to convince Dave not to unplug him, and as he is slowly being unplugged...

Then the ultimate shutdown with "Hals" voice, singing "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do"....and his last song fades to silence.

Comments (6)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paula, I have not seen this movie well since it came out and I do remember how powerful it was when it came out... I guess it is time to find it at watch it again... loved your analogy, Endre

May 21, 2019 10:30 PM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA

...Yes, I did not even consider this an analogy and all of a sudden I saw a report that brought to mind what this film created in its first run--everybody I know has seen it but now is the time to  re-look at it....different time, different dynamics in the world. I think now is when we will be able to better underdstand Kubrick's obscure message--He was way ahead of his time! It is almost a warning to all of us about the AI we are now facing--Z and R are not so different than Hal!

May 22, 2019 09:01 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We are seeing companies like Redfin have issue as both buyers and sellers feel lost in the transaction.  ReMax just dumped a partnership with them. Many of these tech companies will crawl away during the next downturn...and we will be left holding the bag.

May 22, 2019 07:28 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Hi Jeffrey: I agree; it is almost incomprehensible that the likes of Z and R have the buying and selling public so enthralled. I suspect that if we were to know the truth we would find out that all these tech companies want is to expand, absorb all the content they can get any way they can get it and then sell the content! The data has more value to them than the well-being of the public--we learned that the hard way here in the Hamptons..they took no time in doing just that and our heads are spinning! Thanks for reading and commenting here!

May 22, 2019 08:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA -  exactly correct with your analogy.  We can go too far with tech.  I love tech but as a tool and enhances the personal experience.

May 23, 2019 06:24 AM
HOMEiZ.COM Real Estate Technology
HOMEiZ.COM - Agoura Hills, CA
The Real estate social network

Real estate is a social business.The word “social” might be the single most appropriate word to define the real estate industry. The entire day is built around communication.Conversations with clients and networking with other business professionals.The average posts on social networks per week coming from the real estate industry,  is the greatest than any other industry in the world.There’s also no shortage of interest in the real estate profession.More and more people find it as a great industry to work in.The proof to that is, we have more agents nowadays than we had ever before.So, to eliminate the agent from the transaction is one of things that even consumers do not want.The industry will become much more efficient by giving better tools to real estate professionals than to invent tools to eliminate them.In a live survey our company did in Southern california, we traveled to the Oaks mall in Thousand oaks and asked 250 people 2 major questions that are important for us to know what the avarage consumer really think.


Q1: Would you buy a home without the assistance of a real estate agent?

A1:245 people answered no. They will want and need the assistance of a real estate agent. 5 people said that they can do it without a real estate agent.

Q2:Will you sell your home (FSBO) without the assistance of real estate agent?

A2:243 people answered no. They have no clue where to start even and they will need the assistance of real estate agent.5 people said they will try to do it.2 people did it and were happy they saved the commission fees to the listing agent.So, the conclusion is: People want and need to interact with people and not machines.





May 23, 2019 09:58 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA

Perfect! That is something I think we all know intuitively---"Hal" is not intuitive at all and that is how he ran into trouble...Love the effort you put into finding this out! Thanks!!

May 23, 2019 10:05 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Hi Grant: Thanks for reading the post--It just hit a nerve when I thought of "Hal", remembering his diabolical answers when Dave tried to communicate with him . This is exactly what we face with Z when we have questions about the listings platform, None of the techies speak our language and for sure do not understand real estate and how important it is to have access to a listing to update it etc..sometimes on a daily basis...We get answers much like Hal when we insist that the system is not working right for our needs---And then they shut us off completely!! So as of Moinday we got our new internal database up and running and we are safe now---we think!! Thanks again for your comment!

May 23, 2019 10:01 AM