The future according to Google search results

The future according to Google search results

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people want to know what the future holds and Google, it has to be said, is most people’s go to reference, so is Google good at predicting the future? Well, check it out for yourself.   Have you ever wondered what the future...

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Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most volunteering goes unrewarded and undocumented but Hull’s pioneering social blockchain experiment rewards people for helping the community.   Volunteers and community workers in Hull in the UK will soon be able to obtain discounts at local retailers and even reductions in their council tax...

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As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly sophisticated technologies are bringing about a new revolution in automation that threatens hundreds of millions of jobs, and if unemployment rises governments will need a way to support people who are affected.   In Budapest last week a small crowd gathered to watch Steve Fuller,...

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The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone takes their medication but now companies and doctors can tell precisely when and if a patient has taken their prescribed meds, but it opens up a whole set of questions about ethics, privacy and security.   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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Blockchain Autonomous Organisations, a new way to tackle corporate fuelled wealth inequality?

Blockchain Autonomous Organisations, a new way to tackle corporate fuelled wealth inequality?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation and the emergence of powerful, centralised platform companies are, arguably, helping fuel wealth inequality, could blockchain based distributed autonomous organisations be an answer?   Many people know that Blockchain is the pivotal technology behind all of today’s major cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, and while it...

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Amazon and Google “set to disrupt the loans industry”

Amazon and Google “set to disrupt the loans industry”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The borders between previously distinct industries are eroding and blurring, and now companies would be wise to re-evaluate the competitive landscape before they find themselves on the wrong end of disruption   It used to be that a tech company was a tech company and...

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Russia announces plans to create its own national cryptocurrency

Russia announces plans to create its own national cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more countries starting to develop and deploy their own national cryptocurrencies it’s only going to be a matter of time before they become the norm, that said though that time is still decades away   Hot on the heels of China, Estonia and Sweden...

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Infographic: The Future of Money

Infographic: The Future of Money

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of money is an emotive topic but it can be characterised by being cashless, digital, and varied.   A little while ago at the iGaming Show in Amsterdam I was asked to present a keynote on “The Future of Money” and then, shortly...

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World first as Qualcomm shows off the world’s first 5G to mobile data link

World first as Qualcomm shows off the world’s first 5G to mobile data link

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 5G will revolutionise connectivity and connected devices and services, and Qualcomm are claiming they are the world’s first company to deliver a 5G connection to a mobile device   Qualcomm is claiming a world first in the race to bring ultrafast 5G wireless technology to...

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Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IoT devices only “work” if they have connectivity, but up until now trying to get data from a sensor in a field, or a toaster at home, has meant fitting them all with battery powered communications gear, new backscatter devices solve that issue   A...

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Ditch your telco provider, Blockchain based Mesh networks are coming to town

Ditch your telco provider, Blockchain based Mesh networks are coming to town

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connectivity is ubiquitous, so we’re told, but today all these different communications channels are siloed and isolated, over the next decade, or two, devices will be able to hop between them all at will   Mesh networks, which ironically are the very same sorts of...

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Passive Wi-Fi breakthrough could revolutionise the Internet of Things

Passive Wi-Fi breakthrough could revolutionise the Internet of Things

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wi-Fi is ubiquitous, sensors are ubiquitous, but putting batteries in small sensors is impractical, now passive Wi-Fi that doesn’t need an energy source will change all that   For those that live in developed countries it has to be said that wireless internet, and Wi-Fi,...

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Ethereum founder thinks crypto can disrupt Mastercard and Visa in “next few years”

Ethereum founder thinks crypto can disrupt Mastercard and Visa in “next few years”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The processing networks that the major credit card companies have built up over the years means that they’re difficult to disrupt, but as we learn so often difficult doesn’t mean impossible…   The brain behind the runaway train that is Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter of...

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Chinese Government orders the “immediate shutdown” of all Bitcoin exchanges, BTC balks

Chinese Government orders the “immediate shutdown” of all Bitcoin exchanges, BTC balks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bitcoin shows no sign of stopping or slowing down so regulators and governments are now starting to take the regulation and “management” of the “stateless crypto economy” more seriously   A little while ago I gave a talk on the Future of Money, which is...

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Blockchain, EU GDPR privacy law could finally give users back control of their privacy

Blockchain, EU GDPR privacy law could finally give users back control of their privacy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF None of us have any control whatsoever over our personal privacy and the information that companies store on us, but Europe’s new GDPR law is about to change all that and as companies struggle to meet the deadline a paradigm shift in the way we...

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3 Ways the 5G Revolution Will Transform the Internet of Things

3 Ways the 5G Revolution Will Transform the Internet of Things

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The arrival of 5G networks will revolutionise existing industries and help create new ones and its impact should not be under estimated   The 5G revolution is around the corner, and one of its biggest impacts will be the transformation of the Internet of Things....

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Estonia announces plans to create its own national cryptocurrency

Estonia announces plans to create its own national cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of money is digital, and more countries around the world are drawing up plans to develop and deploy their own national cryptocurrencies, signalling the demise of the cash society and ushering in a new era of government led transparency and control   Estonia...

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UK passes payment milestone as cards overtake cash as king

UK passes payment milestone as cards overtake cash as king

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cash has been with us for Millenia, however, slowly but surely its reign is coming to an end but the road to phase it out completely will be a long one   Over the past five years there has been a dramatic rise in the...

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Stanford just built the world’s first Flash Organisation

Stanford just built the world’s first Flash Organisation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With fully automated, and crowdsourced organisations already here the only type of organisation that noone seems to have been able to create yet is a Flash Organisation, but that could soon change   We’ve all heard about the rise of Distributed Autonomous Organisations (DAO), that don’t...

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Australian researchers claim a blockchain record of 440,000 transactions per second

Australian researchers claim a blockchain record of 440,000 transactions per second

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchains relatively low transaction speeds could stop it from reaching its full potential, but now a research group from USYD claim to have smashed the performance barrier that could have held it back   Researchers at Australia’s University of Sydney (USYD) announced this week that...

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