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41. How the Geography of Startups and Innovation Is Changing

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How the Geography of Startups and Innovation Is Changing

These trends have important implications for entrepreneurs, investors, managers, and workers, as well as national and local policymakers across the world.

"We’re used to thinking of high-tech innovation and startups as generated and clustered predominantly in fertile U.S. ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Seattle, and New York. But as with so many aspects of American economic ingenuity, high-tech startups have now truly gone global. The past decade or so has seen the dramatic growth of startup ecosystems around the world, from Shanghai and Beijing, to Mumbai and Bangalore, to London, Berlin, Stockholm, Toronto and Tel Aviv. A number of U.S. cities continue to dominate the global landscape, including the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, but the rest of the world is gaining ground rapidly. Läs mer

 

40. A cryptocurrency millionaire is buying up land in Nevada's desert...

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A cryptocurrency millionaire is buying up land in Nevada's desert...

Instead of government and big corporations in control, the blockchain-based city would be designed to put power in the hands of the people and use cryptocurrency as the coin of the realm

"A cryptocurrency millionaire has revealed his designs for a utopian community in the Nevada desert run completely on blockchain technology.

The New York Times reported that the man behind the project, Jeffrey Berns, is planning a city that would run on the Ethereum blockchain, a decentralized infrastructure that he says could provide the foundation for a community independent of the capitalistic world we live in.

Instead of government and big corporations in control, the blockchain-based city would be designed to put power in the hands of the people and use cryptocurrency as the coin of the realm.

"The city aims to showcase how business development, residential living and commerce can flourish alongside world changing technologies," says a description on the websites of Tom Wiscombe Architecture and Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, two designers of the community." Läs mer

 

39. Passengers to face AI lie detector tests at EU airports

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Passengers to face AI lie detector tests at EU airports.

Are you ready to let AI in your life?

"(CNN) — Passengers at some European airports will soon be questioned by artificial intelligence-powered lie detectors at border checkpoints, as a European Union trial of the technology is set to begin.

Fliers will be asked a series of travel-related questions by a virtual border guard avatar, and artificial intelligence will monitor their faces to assess whether they are lying.
The avatar will become "more skeptical" and change its tone of voice if it believes a person has lied, before referring suspect passengers to a human guard and allowing those believed to be honest to pass through, said Keeley Crockett of Manchester Metropolitan University in England, who was involved in the project.
The €4.5 million ($5.1 million) project, called iBorderCtrl, will be tested this month at airports in Hungary, Latvia and Greece on passengers traveling from outside the EU, with the aim of reducing congestion." Läs mer

 

38. How The Netherlands Is Blazing A Trail Through The Blockchain Scene

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How The Netherlands Is Blazing A Trail Through The Blockchain Scene.

The Netherlands has emerged as such a leader. In fact, it launched government-supported blockchain pilot projects, and pushes for new prototypes, project implementation, and international partnerships. Partners so far include the World Bank, the United Nations, and the EU Forum.

"The world is abuzz about blockchain, but not all are equally up to speed when it comes to their embrace and support of this important emerging technology.

Some have focused on cracking down on potentially predatory behaviors, even at the cost of thwarting enterprises that could massively improve quality of life throughout society. But some countries have made it a point to dive head first into blockchain and show federal support and encouragement for blockchain innovation.

The Netherlands has emerged as such a leader. In fact, it launched government-supported blockchain pilot projects, and pushes for new prototypes, project implementation, and international partnerships. Partners so far include the World Bank, the United Nations, and the EU Forum." Läs mer

 

37. Why Now Is The Best Time To Embrace Blockchain Technology

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Why Now Is The Best Time To Embrace Blockchain Technology.

We’re on the brink of the blockchain future, and we are already seeing how big it is going to get.

"This is going to be a bold statement: It’s time for your business to start embracing blockchain, the biggest game-changer in technology since the internet.

Blockchain, to those unfamiliar with the concept, is a hyperledger. This technology makes it possible for users to enjoy a transparent and distributed digital record of transactions while doing away with the need for a central database. By decentralizing data storage and enabling distribution of digital records, this technology provides transparency and allows users to transact with one another without needing a third party. With blockchain, everyone can manage their own data -- from money to personal information." Läs mer

 

36. Five things that must happen for blockchain to see widespread adoption, according to Deloitte

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Five things that must happen for blockchain to see widespread adoption, according to Deloitte.

Deloitte has highlighted five hurdles that the technology must overcome to hasten widespread adoption.

"Blockchain is perhaps one of the biggest buzzwords in both finance and technology today.

Proponents tout it as the technology that will revolutionize the financial services, pointing to its ability to function without a central authority and also store data in a tamper-proof way.

But they also believe it will be beneficial to a variety of industries beyond finance and tech, particularly ones beset by a huge trail of paper records and outdated legacy technology — whether that's healthcare, real estate or law.

However slow transaction speeds and a lack of standardization for instance threaten to stunt blockchain's growth.

According to Deloitte, there are five main hurdles the technology needs to overcome to see widespread adoption." Läs mer

 

35. Walmart’s adoption of blockchain will help retailer pinpoint food contamination issues

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Walmart’s adoption of blockchain will help retailer pinpoint food contamination issues.
By this time next year, more than 100 farms that supply Walmart with leafy green vegetables will be required to input detailed information about their food into a blockchain database developed by IBM for Walmart and several other retailers exploring similar moves.

"When dozens of people across the country got sick from eating contaminated romaine lettuce this spring, Walmart did what many grocers would do: it cleared every shred off its shelves, just to be safe.

Walmart says it now has a better system for pinpointing which batches of leafy green vegetables might be contaminated. After a two-year pilot project, the retailer announced Monday that it would be using blockchain, the type of database technology behind Bitcoin, to keep track of every bag of spinach and head of lettuce." Läs mer

 

34. 8 ways blockchain can be an environmental game-changer

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8 ways blockchain can be an environmental game-changer.

"Blockchain hype peaked in the media in 2017 when “cryptomania” hit the trading markets. More recently, attention has turned to how it will be regulated, while in a survey released this month more than four out of five executives (84%) reported their organisations had blockchain initiatives underway – dominated by financial services.

Even as an emerging technology, blockchain has so much more relevance than digital finance alone. It is also poised to disrupt how we think about and manage the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

There is good reason for the hype around blockchain. It is fundamentally a new form of computing architecture that brings with it transformational new capabilities, much like the internet brought in the 90s, or the smartphone in the late 2000s." Läs mer

 

33. From ticketing to salaries, football explores power of blockchain

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From ticketing to salaries, football explores power of blockchain.

"MADRID: Football clubs are starting to tap the potential of blockchain technology as an innovative way to deal with longstanding issues such as ticket scalping, fan engagement and the payment of players' salaries.

Considered by many as revolutionary as the internet, a blockchain is a database that is shared across a network of hundreds of computers. Once a record has been added to the chain it is very difficult to tamper with. And to ensure all copies of the database are the same, the network makes constant checks.

Blockchains have been used most prominently as the tool behind cryptocurrency Bitcoin, but many other possible uses from medical records to banking - and now sports - are emerging.

"Blockchain has the power to be the underlying infrastructure upon which sport functions," Michael Broughton of Sports Investment Partners told AFP as the two-day World Football Summit got underway in Madrid." Läs mer

 

32. There’s Now A Religion Based On the Blockchain. Yes, Really.

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There’s Now A Religion Based On the Blockchain. Yes, Really.

"Ever talk to a cryptocurrency aficionado and wonder, perhaps, if they had joined a new cult? Well they really might have: there’s now a religion built on the Ethereum blockchain.

Its founder, Matt Liston, is the former CEO of Augur, a blockchain-supported prediction platform. Liston’s departure from Augur was contentious, and just last week he filed a lawsuit for $152 million against his former employer.

Liston unveiled his blockchain religion, which he calls 0xΩ (“Zero ex omega”? “Zero times omega”?), during a May 19 event at the New Museum in New York City. He distributed 40 hard copies of a document he calls 0xΩ’s “flame paper,” the closest thing the religion has to a “holy book,” that reportedly outlines how Liston wants 0xΩ to function. Yes, Really." Läs mer

 

31. The Agricultural Supply Chain Can Massively Benefit From Blockchain

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The Agricultural Supply Chain Can Massively Benefit From Blockchain

"What the researchers state is that the use of blockchain could feasibly result in much greater consumer trust and even lower costs, as agribusiness begins to adopt the technology."

A U.S. consumer goes to the grocery store and buys chicken for his evening meal. He “trusts” that the chicken is safe, that it has been inspected by USDA experts and is okay to eat. But he knows nothing about the origin of that chicken, how it was grown, or whose “hands” it went through on its way to that grocery store shelf.

Perhaps it was raised in China and slaughtered in very unsanitary and unfavorable conditions. Perhaps it was raised in the U.S. and pumped full of antibiotics and steroids to make it much bigger and thus appealing and worth more as it was distributed to a grocer.” Läs mer

 

30. At top schools like Wharton, students are flocking to classes on bitcoin and blockchain

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At top schools like Wharton, students are flocking to classes on bitcoin and blockchain
 
"At other top universities across the country, students are anxious to enroll in courses focused on the proliferation of blockchain."
 

"Last spring, Associate Professor of Computer Science Emin Gün Sirer was scheduled to teach a 600-level course on blockchain technology at Cornell University, an advanced class intended for PhD students.

Usually when you have five to a dozen students in such a class, you're teaching a popular class," Sirer tells CNBC Make It with a laugh. But when Sirer arrived on the first day to teach, he was shocked: 88 students had shown up.

"It was pretty interesting to see that level of interest," Sirer says of the students, most of whom were undergraduates.” Läs mer

 

29. Beyond bitcoin: How the world is experimenting with the blockchain

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Beyond bitcoin: How the world is experimenting with the blockchain

"I think one of the biggest potential promises for governments is credibility enhancement and blockchain at its core. It fundamentally is a way to minimize the degree of trust that is required, and governments all over the world have historically struggled with maintaining wide trust at all points in time.” Läs mer

 

28. All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization

imgAll of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization

"How much money exists in the world? This updated visualization compares the world's richest people, companies, and markets with the world's money supply." Läs mer

 

27. A Culture War Is Brewing Between Bitcoin’s Old and New Money

Crypto"The initial vision for Bitcoin was to create a form of money free from government or corporate oversight. But for all the talk of decentralization, Bitcoin old-timers still control some of the main venues where changes to the currency are documented and debated."

A Culture War Is Brewing Between Bitcoin’s Old and New Money

"An effort is underway to strip some of the cryptocurrency’s still-anonymous early adopters of their remaining power.

Satoshi Nakamoto may be long gone, but his early followers are still around and their identities still unknown. They go by pseudonyms, such as Cobra, and frequently spout unpopular, pseudo-anarchist rhetoric.

As the cryptocurrency’s price soared in recent years, Bitcoin’s Old Money and New Money coexisted with only occasional conflict. But this year, a prolonged slump has wiped out more than $100 billion in wealth, and the ensuing panic over how to stabilize the currency has incited a Gatsby-esque class war.

 

One point of contention right now involves the ownership of Bitcoin.org. Nakamoto registered the web domain a decade ago and handed it over to some early cryptoheads for safekeeping. The site still exists as a destination to evangelize Bitcoin and educate newcomers. The main proprietor is Cobra, with support from another anonymous user, Theymos." Läs mer

 

26. Crypto Bulls Pile Into ICOs at Record Pace Despite Bitcoin Rout

ICO growth on a tear"This year’s selloff in virtual currencies has done little to dent investor enthusiasm for initial coin offerings, which attracted a record $12 billion in the first half."

Crypto Bulls Pile Into ICOs at Record Pace Despite Bitcoin Rout

This year’s selloff in virtual currencies has done little to dent investor enthusiasm for initial coin offerings, which attracted a record $12 billion in the first half.

That’s up from $7 billion for the whole of 2017 and a more than 50-fold jump from 2016, according to Autonomous Research LLP.

ICO Growth on a Tear Amount raised by June 2018 almost double 2017 total.

This year’s selloff in virtual currencies has done little to dent investor enthusiasm for initial coin offerings, which attracted a record $12 billion in the first half.

That’s up from $7 billion for the whole of 2017 and a more than 50-fold jump from 2016, according to Autonomous Research LLP.

Investors piled in even as Bitcoin fell as much as 70 percent from its December peak, many smaller tokens lost nearly all their value, and global equity markets slid on fears of a trade war. Much of the enthusiasm centered around two big offerings: EOS, a platform for open-source projects, and Telegram, a messaging service.

Read more on ICOs: They are like an IPO but with digital coins

While bulls are hoping for a repeat of the eye-popping ICO returns seen in 2017, many of the blockchain-related projects funded by the offerings are likely to fail, said Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech strategy at Autonomous.

“This is a high risk sector,” Sokolin said by phone. “It is early stage tech and lots of it by definition is going to die.” Läs mer

 

25. Millennials Want Tech to Complement, Not Overwhelm, Dining Experience

"The generation (made up of those between 18 and 34) is more likely than their predecessors to welcome artificial intelligence, voice-powered assistance and, yes, even robot waiters, into their dining experience."

Millennials Want Tech to Complement, Not Overwhelm, Dining Experience
The digital-first generation values personal relationships with waitstaff more than smart technology.

Instagram-savy millennials are already infamous for snapping photos of their food when dining out, but new research shows that they want smart technology to complement, not overwhelm, their dining experience.

The generation (made up of those between 18 and 34) is more likely than their predecessors to welcome artificial intelligence, voice-powered assistance and, yes, even robot waiters, into their dining experience. But they still value personal interactions most, according to a report released Monday by SevenRooms, a restaurant guest management platform. The poll was conducted by YouGov, which surveyed a national sample of 1,108 people in April.

Millennials are five times more likely to use smart capabilities to book a reservation at a particular restaurant than those who are over 55, and three times as likely to place a reservation through social media. They’re also three times more likely to favor card-less payments like Apple Pay and Venmo when dining out.Läs mer

 

24. Google wants to bring blockchain technology to its cloud services

"Google announced a partnership with the New York-based startup Digital Asset, which makes tools to build blockchain-based apps."

Google wants to bring blockchain technology to its cloud services

 

Today, Google announced a partnership with the New York-based startup Digital Asset, which makes tools to build blockchain-based apps. The partnership adds to one Google already has with BlockApps, another startup that helps people make decentralized apps, which announced the collaboration last Wednesday on Twitter.

Google wrote in a blog post that its Cloud customers can “now explore ways they might use distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks” by using Digital Asset and BlockApps. It’s not clear exactly how that will work for customers and whether they will be getting access to proprietary software, but more details will be unveiled this week during the Google Next ‘18 event. The company added that it would introduce open-source integrations for apps built with the blockchain-based platforms Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum later this year in the Google Cloud Product marketplace Läs mer

 

23. Seven technologies remaking the world

"The technologies that are reshaping the world"

Do You Fear Artificial Intelligence Will Take Your Job?

As the digital revolution rages on, every business leader must become technology literate. This guide provides executives with an introduction to the technologies that are transforming our world,

1. Introduktion

Once upon a time, business leaders could leave technology to the technologists. But today, we are at the starting line of a universal technological revolution — one that is fundamentally altering four key realms of our world: commerce, health care, learning, and the environment. Given the pervasive and diverse nature of this revolution, business leaders must understand the technologies that are driving it, the capabilities they offer, and their potential impacts.

This report provides executives with a lexicon to the revolution. It identifies seven core technologies — pervasive computing, wireless mesh networks, biotechnology, 3D printing, machine learning, nanotechnology, and robotics — and describes their implications for commerce, health care, learning, and the environment. Use it as a guide and a basis for strategic discussion as you and your team seek to understand today’s business frontiers and the opportunities that lie ahead.Läs mer

 

22. Do You Fear Artificial Intelligence Will Take Your Job?

"Last fall, an autonomous train made its way across the Australian outback for the first time, and Zhuzhou, China, began testing a trackless and driverless train that navigates city streets by means of lines painted on the road."

Do You Fear Artificial Intelligence Will Take Your Job?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around longer than most people realize. The intent behind much of AI is to free us from mundane repetitive tasks, giving us more time to grow our intellects and businesses, with more interesting, evolving actions. We want what we want when we want it. AI offers us that access with speed and accuracy when we need it.

In London, self-driving robots deliver food. In Pasadena, California, a robot named Flippy can cook it. Last fall, an autonomous train made its way across the Australian outback for the first time, and Zhuzhou, China, began testing a trackless and driverless train that navigates city streets by means of lines painted on the road. From writing articles for The Washington Post to creating music, artificial intelligence is everywhere. And its adoption is rapidly becoming necessary for businesses to stay competitive.Läs mer

 

21. This Is Not a Passing Fad’: CFA Exam Adds Crypto, Blockchain Topics

"It might be the definitive sign that cryptocurrencies have arrived on Wall Street."

"This Is Not a Passing Fad": CFA Exam Adds Crypto, Blockchain Topics

It might be the definitive sign that cryptocurrencies have arrived on Wall Street.

CFA Institute, whose grueling three-level program has helped train more than 150,000 financial professionals, is adding topics on cryptocurrencies and blockchain to its Level I and II curriculums for the first time next year. Material for the 2019 exams will be released in August, giving candidates their first opportunity to start logging a recommended 300 hours of study time. Läs mer

 

20. Blockchain And Islamic Banking Are Working Together, And Everyone Stands To Benefit

"As early as 2016, major Islamic banks such as ICICI Bank and Emirates NBD began researching blockchain's capabilities to reduce transactional costs, according to Coindesk."

Blockchain And Islamic Banking Are Working Together, And Everyone Stands To Benefit

More and more banks in the Islamic world — a community of nearly 2 billion people worldwide — are adopting blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. As early as 2016, major Islamic banks such as ICICI Bank and Emirates NBD began researching blockchain's capabilities to reduce transactional costs, according to Coindesk. In 2017, the UAE’s Emirates Islamic became the first Islamic bank to use blockchain technology, namely for fraud prevention. In April, an Islamic scholar declared bitcoin permissible under Sharia law after a study conducted by Blossom Finance, an Indonesian investing firm, investigated the functionality of bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies, and found that they were congruent with Islamic definitions of money. Läs mer

 

19. Changing the male dominance of the cryptocurrency industry

“Ninety to 95 percent of the people that were involved or have been involved in the cryptocurrency have been men. And it's time that women started showing up to the table and become involved much more than they have been,” DeLucenay said.

Changing the male dominance of the cryptocurrency industry

From its start, the world of cryptocurrency has been dominated by males. In fact, men make up more than 91 percent of the bitcoin community, according to Coin Dance, a community for those interested in bitcoin.

But now, women are trying to change that.

“There’s a lot of wealth being generated, and a lot of times we're left out of the conversation. It's left to the males, the husbands, the partners, significant others, etc. But it's just as easy for us to get involved,” said Shanah Walton, an investor in crypto.

Walton calls herself the “Bitcoin Bombshell” and believes women can bring a lot to the space. Läs mer

 

18. Blockchain can help your business if used in the appropriate situation

"According to an IBM survey, “91 percent of banks are investing in blockchain solutions for deposit-taking by 2018 to protect against start-up non-banks.”

Blockchain can help your business if used in the appropriate situation.

Blockchain is a hot buzzword right now, and company managers might be wondering if it’s something they need to “do” or add to their business. On the surface, you might think of it as “just that cryptocurrency technology,” and therefore nothing to worry about for your company. But blockchain is about far more than Bitcoin. Companies who take advantage of blockchain’s abilities now will be one step ahead because this technology is going to transform every industry. Läs mer

 

17. Collaborative Intelligence: Humans and AI Are Joining Forces

"Will AI replace human workers throughout the economy? What do you think?"

Collaborative Intelligence: Humans and AI Are Joining Forces

Artificial intelligence is becoming good at many “human” jobs—diagnosing disease, translating languages, providing customer service—and it’s improving fast. This is raising reasonable fears that AI will ultimately replace human workers throughout the economy. But that’s not the inevitable, or even most likely, outcome. Never before have digital tools been so responsive to us, nor we to our tools. While AI will radically alter how work gets done and who does it, the technology’s larger impact will be in complementing and augmenting human capabilities, not replacing them. Läs mer

 

16. Blockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet

"Can the blockchain generation succeed where the previous one failed?"

Blockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet

WHAT MASS IS for Catholics, technology conferences are for geeks. Speakers at these gatherings often sound like preachers, promising a dazzling future. So it was at a blockchain conference in Berlin in March, organised by Blockstack, a startup. The enthusiasm on display echoed that of gatherings in the mid-1990s. Some speakers quoted early cyber-gurus, such as the late John Perry Barlow, author of “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the original web, now known as Web 1.0. Läs mer

 

15. IBM Launches Starter Kit For Blockchain Developers

"Things are getting pretty serious."

IBM Launches Starter Kit For Blockchain Developers

To help developers at new blockchain startups, and at companies seeking to start using blockchain, IBM has developed the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan to help them build blockchain proof-of-concepts quickly and affordably. It offers an end-to-end blockchain development experience: a secure test environment, a suite of education tools and modules and one-click network provisioning. It is built on the open source Hyperledger Fabric. Läs mer

 

14. Blockchain can Fix Consumer Cravings for Transparent Beauty: Study

"72 percent of consumers want brands to explicitly state the ingredients put into their products."

Blockchain can Fix Consumer Cravings for Transparent Beauty: Study

Blockchain has the ability to create transparency in the beauty world — something that consumers “crave”, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). 

Consumers have been burned by beauty products before. Sometimes, quite literally. Just look up “beauty product fails” on YouTube and you’ll find a whole slew of videos of beauty gurus burning off hair, losing eyelashes and — in some extreme cases — breaking out in hives from an allergic reaction to a product.

No wonder beauty consumers are beginning to demand transparency from brands. Läs mer

 

13. How You Can Build a Career in Blockchain

"As noted in the article: Traditional paths may not fit."

How You Can Build a Career in Blockchain
In the past 18 months, blockchain has leaped onto the world stage and presented itself as the next-generation solution for many of the tech sector's most pressing problems. It's received influential endorsements from government leaders, industry titans and ambitious entrepreneurs in an unprecedented acknowledgment of the technology's prowess. Läs mer

 

12. 7 Trends Driving Blockchain Forward

"Which one are you most excited about?"

7 Trends Driving Blockchain Forward

Blockchain, as we have seen, is quickly becoming an established enterprise technology. There is still way to go, however, before it reaches its full potential. In the meantime, there are a number of emerging and established trends around blockchain that are gaining traction at the moment. There are new technologies and capabilities emerging almost daily as well as new job market demands to build these new technologies. Here are several that we've identified as common themes for blockchain companies.

1. Beyond Cryptocurrency
Mark Grabowski is an associate professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, and teaches a course on bitcoin and blockchain. He points out that bitcoin is the first and best known use case of blockchain. However, cryptocurrency like bitcoin is just one application of blockchain. Blockchain has been used in voting, food safety and shipping, among many other fields and industries. Major companies, including Walmart, IBM and Amazon, are all experimenting with blockchain. “In fact, while there's much debate over the future of Bitcoin (is it a bubble?), one thing you can probably bet on is that the underlying technology of blockchain will at least succeed and be widely adopted, even if cryptocurrency turns out to just be a fad,” he said. Läs mer

 

11. Congress's Secret Crypto Fans Will Now Have to Reveal Themselves

"The ethics guidance means the public will soon learn whether members of Congress are among those who’ve been drawn to what’s become a global investment craze."

Congress's Secret Crypto Fans Will Now Have to Reveal Themselves

Trading in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is moving out of the shadows on Capitol Hill.

U.S. House members were advised this week that they must publicly reveal any digital token holdings worth more than $1,000, according to a June 18 memo issued by the House Ethics Committee. Lawmakers should include such investments in their annual financial disclosure reports, and also reveal any cryptocurrency sales or purchases that exceed $1,000 within 45 days of the transaction, the memo said. Läs mer

 

10. Business schools race to offer lessons in blockchain and bitcoin

"It's safe to say that the future is already here."

Business schools race to offer lessons in blockchain and bitcoin

Business schools and universities are rushing to launch courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as demand for greater understanding of the technologies grows after the crypto boom. But what exactly should be taught and who should teach it? As academics take stock, debate is growing over where the future of cryptocurrency education lies. Läs mer

 

9. UBS CEO: Blockchain technology almost a must-have for business

"Do you think blockchain is becoming a must-have for businesses?"

UBS CEO: Blockchain technology almost a must-have for business

Swiss financial services giant UBS Group may not be a fan of bitcoin but CEO Sergio Ermotti believes blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies, is "definitely an opportunity" in the long term.

"It's almost a must. The freeing up of resources to become more efficient will come through technology and blockchain is a great way to allow us to … reduce costs," Ermotti told CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on Monday.

Blockchain allows data to be stored across a network of computers around the world rather than at one single location. Läs mer

 

8. Banks Turn to Blockchain to Speed Up Indian Internal Trade Deals

"Banks responsible for about half of India’s internal trade have joined a consortium that aims to introduce blockchain technology in order to speed up processes and reduce hurdles to approving new loans."

Banks Turn to Blockchain to Speed Up Indian Internal Trade Deals

Banks responsible for about half of India’s internal trade have joined a consortium that aims to introduce blockchain technology in order to speed up processes and reduce hurdles to approving new loans.

Fourteen local banks have signed up for the India Trade Connect consortium, which hired the Bengaluru-based software firm Infosys Ltd. to develop a blockchain platform for loans that back trade transactions within India, according to Abhijit Singh, head of technology at ICICI Bank Ltd., one of the consortium’s founders. Läs mer

 

7. IMF: Cryptocurrency May Be a New Phase of Human Evolution

[180615] "The International Monetary Fund is offering another fascinating take on the future of cryptocurrency."

IMF: Cryptocurrency May Be a New Phase of Human Evolution

The International Monetary Fund is offering another fascinating take on the future of cryptocurrency.

Back in April, Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde said crypto has the potential to trigger a “large-scale shift away” from government-issued fiat.

Now, the IMF has released a remarkable new article depicting cryptocurrency as the centerpiece of human evolution. The piece, written by Director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department Martin Mühleisen, is called “The Future of Currency in a Digital World.” Läs mer

 

6. Blockchain Is Here to Stay. Here Are 3 Ways You Can Use It in Your Business

[180613] "You can't afford to ignore major trends in new technology. Like it or not, blockchain is here to stay. And it will have the power to enable your business like never before."

Blockchain Is Here to Stay. Here Are 3 Ways You Can Use It in Your Business

You have certainly heard of the blockchain revolution. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and bitcoin are all over the news.

You may be intrigued, you may be horrified, or you may feel some of both.

But you can't afford to ignore major trends in new technology. Like it or not, blockchain is here to stay. And it will have the power to enable your business like never before.

For the moment, blockchain is in its nascent phase -- think of the internet in 1996. It's inaccessible to most nontechnical people, except through bitcoin and some of the gaming applications like CryptoKitties. So it's the perfect time to learn. You have time to get up to speed about blockchain before it represents a threat to your business. And when the technology matures, you will be prepared to capitalize on it. Läs mer

 

5. More accurate than dermatologists

[180612] "Researchers suggest artificial intelligence is now better and faster at detecting cancer than clinicians"

More accurate than dermatologists
An AI system developed by a team from Germany, France and the US can diagnose skin cancer more accurately than dermatologists. In the study, the software was able to accurately detect cancer in 95% of images of cancerous moles and benign spots, whereas a team of 58 dermatologists was accurate 87% of the time.

An algorithm for prostate cancer
Chinese researchers have developed an algorithm that can diagnose prostate cancer as accurately as a pathologist. Research leader Hongqian Guo of Nanjing University said: “[This] will help pathologists make better, faster diagnoses, as well as eliminating the day-to-day variation in judgment that can creep into human evaluations.” Läs mer

 

4. Crypto's 32-Year-Old Billionaire Mining King Considers an IPO

[180611] “The challenge is advancing our technology beyond what we’ve already achieved,” Wu said in an interview at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong."

Crypto's 32-Year-Old Billionaire Mining King Considers an IPO

With his baby face, eyeglasses and go-to outfit of T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, Jihan Wu looks more like a geeky teenager than a self-made billionaire.

But thanks to an early foray into cryptocurrencies, the soft-spoken 32-year-old is sitting on what may be one of the industry’s largest fortunes.

Wu runs Bitmain Technologies Ltd., the world’s dominant producer of cryptocurrency mining chips. The Chinese company has been shrouded in secrecy since its founding five years ago, but Wu is gradually lifting the veil -- and revealing clues about his personal wealth -- as he pursues an expansion beyond the crypto-sphere that may eventually lead to an initial public offering. Läs mer

 

3. Can blockchain turn plastic waste into currency for the poor—and save our oceans?

[180608] "Once again blockchain comes to the rescue!"

Can blockchain turn plastic waste into currency for the poor—and save our oceans?

The Plastic Bank offers a secure and transparent way to monetise ocean-bound plastic with a dual mission of protecting the environment, and banking the unbanked in some of the world’s poorest regions. 

David Katz was first awakened to the horrors of ocean plastic while on holiday in Manila, where the sight of high volumes of plastic waste was striking in the otherwise clear water of Manila Bay.

Travels around the world opened his eyes to the extent and gravity of the problem: beaches with more plastic than sand, seabirds and marine animals injured and dying because of plastic trash, and the adverse health and socio-economic impact on local communities.

Roughly 8 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year—that’s a garbage truck of plastic entering into our waters every minute. Five countries in Asia alone—Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and China —account for more plastic leakage into our oceans than the rest of the world combined. Läs mer

 

2. How Blockchain Investing Can Access Technology Without The Volatility Of Cryptocurrencies

[180606] "Is volatility one of the main obstacles to cryptocurrencies' mass adoption?" 

How Blockchain Investing Can Access Technology Without The Volatility Of Cryptocurrencies

If investing in cryptocurrencies is too volatile for your tastes, consider the technology behind cryptocurrencies- blockchain technology.

Many major companies are already investing in blockchain technology, and many industries stand to gain from its growing use. Technology companies like Intel, Amazon and Microsoft have the servers, microchips and technology that host blockchains, while companies like Daimler, IBM and Mastercard either use blockchain technology in their financing mechanisms or in their supply chains.

With some imagination, one could hypothesize that blockchain could become the enabling technology of the next 10 or 20 years. Läs mer

 

1. Blockchain update: Soluna plans to clean up Bitcoin's energy issues with renewables

[180605] "Overhyped they may be, but blockchains actually are a big deal and they will get bigger."

Blockchain update: Banking consortium announces first commercial transactions on the we.trade platform

There's a lot going on in the world of decentralised networking and not just the daily rollercoaster ride of the cryptocurrency markets. A decade after the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto first unleashed Bitcoin on an unsuspecting world, the blockchain has grown and branched out and now a thousand flowers blossom, some of them rather peculiar blooms indeed.

Look around and you'll see that blockchains are apparently the answer to every problem. From replacing the global banking system to guaranteeing the provenance of diamonds to paying your dentist - there's a blockchain for that. Läs mer