The Future of Cryptocurrencies

CNBC, Chris Giancarlo | Oct. 2, 2018
CFTC Chair Chris Giancarlo discusses cryptocurrencies and his agency’s regulation of the fraud and manipulation aspects of cryptocurrency markets.

New York State Approves Two Dollar-Based Cryptocurrencies

Engadget, Swapna Krishna  |  Sept. 11, 2018
In a sign that digital currencies may be maturing, the state of New York has authorized Gemini Trust Company LLC and Paxos Trust Company LLC and to each offer a price-stable cryptocurrency—commonly known as “stablecoin”—pegged to the U. S. dollar. “As the financial technology marketplace continues to evolve, New York is committed to fostering innovation while ensuring responsible growth,” said New York’s Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo. “These approvals demonstrate that companies can create change and strong standards of compliance within a strong state regulatory framework that safeguards regulated entities and protects consumers.”

The NYSE Bitcoin Exchange

Daily Fintech, Llias Louis Hatzis | August 6, 2018
The announcement that International Exchange (ICE), operator of 23 leading global stock exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange, announced it is partnering with Microsoft and Starbucks to create a Bakkt, a Bitcoin trading platform that allows investors to buy and hold Bitcoin without the use of futures, derivatives or other types of contracts. “This is game-changing,” wrote Daily Fintech’s Llias Lois Hatzis. “Individuals would be able to add Bitcoin to their IRA or 401k. It will open up access to millions of people who have been sitting on the sidelines not able to add Bitcoin to their portfolios.”

The Impact of Blockchain for Government

IBM Center for the Business of Government, Thomas Hardjono | September 2018

How can blockchain benefit government? How can government lead the way to a broad-based blockchain evolution that drives economic vitality? This report, written by Thomas Hardjono, Director of the MIT Trust: Data Consortium, addresses these questions and the challenges the government faces in adopting blockchain technology in identity management, payment accuracy, and supply chain integration.

Dubai Launches Blockchain Payment Reconciliation and Settlement System

Press Release, Zawya News | Sept. 23, 2018

The Smart Dubai Office has launched the Payment Reconciliation and Settlement System, allowing transactions to be performed accurately and in real time and economizing time and effort. The SDO payment project is part of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The Strategy seeks to increase government efficiency by transferring 100% of government transactions to the Blockchain network.

Groundbreaking Legislation Announced Supporting Blockchain and Digital Currencies

Press Release, Representative Tom Emmer | Sept. 21, 2018

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, announced he will introduce three groundbreaking bills to support blockchain technology and digital currencies. Specifically, the legislation expresses support for the industry and development of these promising technologies in the United States, provides clarity to entities that never take control of consumer funds, and establishes a safe harbor for taxpayers with “forked” digital assets.

The Amazonification of Healthcare

Visual Capitalist, Jeff Desjardins | Sept. 26, 2018
There is a shift occurring in the healthcare sector, powered by an increasingly digital and data-driven experience. This shift is led by the millennial generation—digital natives, who demand a fast, digital, convenient, and quantified version of healthcare along with ongoing relationships. Treating patients more like retail consumers will be a paradigm shift for healthcare, which will require companies to invest in areas like big data to complete the patient experience.

The Benefits of AI & Machine Learning

Sinequa | Sept. 2018
Sinequa’s infographic, The Benefits of Becoming Information Driven Using AI & Machine Learning, highlights how the modern enterprise can use AI and Machine Learning to provide actionable insight to enable intelligent automation and decision-making.

How Machine Learning Helps Prevent E-Commerce Fraud

TransUnion Blog, Glen Goldstein | Aug. 22, 2018
Sometimes it takes a machine-learning computer to detect fraud rather than traditional rule-based algorithms, according to TransUnion’s Glen Goldstein. “Machine learning algorithms are designed to learn from experience and iteratively improve their performance,” according to Goldstein. “Essentially, they adapt as the massive number of factors and conditions evolve within a data set, and can essentially keep up with many of the behaviors that humans — and in the case of e-commerce fraud, criminals — throw at them.”

How Will the Adoption of Internet of Things Change Our Daily Lives?

GigaOm.com, Byron Reese and Lauren Sallata | Sept. 4, 2018
In a GigaOM interview, Lauren Sallata, Panasonic’s chief marketing officer, discusses how the Internet of Things will change out daily lives, thanks to unparalleled data and voice technology that allows personalized and seamless interaction.

Kroger Partners with Nuro to Test Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Service

AndNowUKnow.com, Kayla Webb | Aug. 16, 2018
Kroger has joined Walmart in the race to integrate self-driving cars into their grocery delivery service, announcing its partnership with Nuro to pilot a grocery delivery service using Nuro robots. Initially, Nuro’s fleet of Toyota Prius vehicles will have seats for humans to assist with the grocery delivery process. Later this fall, Nuro will begin testing custom R1 driverless vans that have no seats for humans.

Unleashing the Power of Digital Industry

Momenta Edge Podcast, Guido Jouret | Aug. 15, 2018
Guido Jouret is the Chief Digital Officer at ABB, a technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion. In this podcast, Jouret discusses a wide range of topics, including the dynamics of digitizing traditional operational technologies, the importance of Industrial IoT platforms particularly ABB’s Ability platform, the multi-faceted partnership with Microsoft and the demands of bridging operational and information technology paradigms. The discussion highlighted several customer success stories in mining, autonomous shipping and utilities, addressing the massive potential of AI to transform industries and sectors including energy, power grids, transportation and manufacturing. The key for the future will be a digital operating system that will enable far more distributed networks to evolve, while finding people with the skills to address the increasingly complex technical demands of a connected world remains a challenge.

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