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An Introduction to Crypto

Andressen Horowitz, Linda Xie | May 4, 2018
At Andressen Horowitz’s Intro to Crypto event, Linda Xie provides an introduction to cryptocurrencies. Xie, co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital, previously product manager at Coinbase, and author of a popular series of beginner’s guides on cryptoassets, argues that the world of cryptos is so much more than money.

Who Is Going to Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain?

Recode 2018 Code Conference, Brad Garlinghouse, Bridget van Kralingen, and Kathryn Haun | May 30, 2018
At Code 2018, Recode’s Peter Kafka interviews Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple and Bridget van Kralingen, SVP, IBM Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain and Kathryn Haun, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business onstage at the 2018 Code Conference to discuss the cryptocurrency technology’s impact and future.

Central Bank Digital Currencies

Norges Bank | May 18, 2018
On May 18, Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, released a white paper on central bank digital currencies (CBDC). CBDC, defined as a digital form of central bank money denominated in the official unit of account for general purpose users, can take several forms with different properties, depending on its purpose. Norges Bank’s provides an overview of the issues that it regards as relevant in an assessment of whether to introduce a CBDC in Norway.

Blockchain ‘Promising But Inefficient’ in Payments

DNBBulletin, De Nederlandsche Bank | June 7, 2018
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) concluded that “for the time being” distributed ledger technology is not suitable for its existing financial payment infrastructure due to its insufficient ability to scale for large volumes of transactions and other issues

Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State

Unchained, Ryan Shea, Galia Benartzi, Steve Waterhouse, and Arthur Breitman | June 6, 2018
This recording is of “Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State,” a series of talks and a panel from the Oslo Freedom Forum put on by the Human Rights Foundation. In this session, hear presentations from Ryan Shea of decentralized technology platform Blockstack; Galia Benartzi of smart token platform Bancor; Steve Waterhouse of surveillance-free internet project Orchid; and Arthur Breitman from smart contract platform Tezos. In a panel discussion, the four speakers touch on the ways in which blockchains can be used to curb human rights abuses and also how bad actors can also use them for nefarious purposes.

Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report

Recode 2018 Code Conference, Mary Meeker | May 30, 2018
At the 2018 Code Conference, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker released 294 slides in rapid succession, covering everything from smartphone behavior in the U.S. to tech company competition in China.

The Moment of Exponential Impact with AI

IBM at Viva Technology 2018, Ginni Rometty | May 25, 2018
Data and AI will absolutely reorder technology and business, according to IBM’s Ginni Rometty. “This is a moment of great consequence—a moment that actually happens every 25 years,” said Rometty. “Like every great moment in history, there will be a great positives and great challenges.” At France’s Viva Technology 2018, Rometty describes how exponential learning will give companies the ultimate competitive advantage. “This is a wonderful moment of exponential impact on business and society,” concluded Rometty.

The First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

University of Washington News, Sarah McQuate | May 15, 2018
Engineers at the University of Washington have created RoboFly, the first wireless flying robotic insect. RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick and slightly larger than a real fly. Powered by a laser beam, the RoboFly uses a tiny onboard circuit that converts the laser energy into enough electricity to operate its wings. This might be one small flap for a robot, but it’s one giant leap for robot-kind.

Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood™

Global Energy Institute | May 23, 2018
Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood™ features high-performance, energy-efficient system, cutting-edge interconnectivity and a dedicated microgrid creating a one-of-a-kind community for homeowners. The Smart Neighborhood™ illustrates what the grid of the future looks like and provides a model for cities all throughout the country.

Smart Cities Are Already Here

NBC News, Mach | May 18, 2018
Recent projections show that by 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. Which makes it imperative that our future cities aren’t vast urban hellscapes but are instead smart urban centers with a dash of sci-fi: devices, roads, and lampposts all talking to each other—making life in cities safer and smoother. And this transformation…is already beginning

SailDrones Are Roaming the High Seas

Bloomberg TV, Michael Bell and Richard Jenkins | May 15, 2018
Intelligent, indestructible and with no humans on board, these autonomous seaworthy sailboats are plotting their own course through the waters of San Francisco Bay. If Richard Jenkins gets his way, soon there’ll be hundreds of SailDrones, trawling the oceans for data. Ultimately, SailDrones may track hurricanes to help man measure how strong the storms are and where they’re going to land—having a huge impact on insurance risks and peoples’ safety.