Companies have a plan to fix blockchain’s massive energy problem

Companies have a plan to fix blockchain’s massive energy problem

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Processing Bitcoin is now consuming more energy than Denmark uses in a year, and as cryptocurrencies become increasingly popular their energy consumption is, literally, starting to affect the planet.   You’d have to be almost deaf and blind to not notice that at the moment...

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Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining cryptocurrency is an incredibly contentious, complex, and energy expensive operation, but now a German non-profit has built a cryptocurrency that does away with miners completely, and they’re being backed by the biggest names in tech.   Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot...

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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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Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The effect that climate change and pollution is having on our society and wellbeing is well documented but it’s clear from this summit that for every problem we face there are hundreds of innovative solutions.   Firstly, a big thanks to the wonderful team, lead...

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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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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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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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Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power grids used by most countries were born in a different era, but now, thanks to new technologies like blockchain, grid scale storage and renewables, they’re about to get upgraded   Imagine the scene, a power pole collapses at 8PM on a hot night...

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World first as AI and Blockchain come together to boost “Robot Intelligence”

World first as AI and Blockchain come together to boost “Robot Intelligence”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now AI and Blockchain have been kept separate but now they’re joining forces to accelerate the development of robotic intelligence and the results could be awesome.   Arguably the two hottest trends in tech right now are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain. Yes,...

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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 experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software

Blockchain experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Governments want backdoors in software and criminals want to exploit them to spread malware, now a blockchain based system from Switzerland could put a stop to both   A new blockchain based software update framework from the team at the Decentralized-Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the Swiss...

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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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Building a blockchain based Flash Organisation; by Ken Bodnar

Building a blockchain based Flash Organisation; by Ken Bodnar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future work, and jobs, will be more fluid than they are today, driven by the rise of globalisation, hyper-connectivity and the “Gig economy” but noone has so far managed to create a Flash Organisation that works, one day though that will change…  ...

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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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China’s cashless future, PBoC gets ready to launch world’s first national cryptocurrency

China’s cashless future, PBoC gets ready to launch world’s first national cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The use of cash in society is falling and some of the world’s largest central banks are creating new cryptocurrencies and planning for a future without cash   China’s central bank has announced that it’s going digital, but while that shouldn’t be a surprise to...

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A secret trader just made over $200 million in a month trading Ethereum

A secret trader just made over $200 million in a month trading Ethereum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many speculate that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are riding bubbles that are about to pop, but as the adoption of cryptocurrencies, by individuals, organisations and governments increases it’s likely they’re wrong   An unknown cryptocurrency trader turned $55 million of paper wealth into $283...

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Futurist in Amsterdam: The Future of Money, iGaming Super Show

Futurist in Amsterdam: The Future of Money, iGaming Super Show

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more industries look to engage their new digital, omni-channel customers in new ways they often look to the gaming world for inspiration, and there’s plenty of inspiration to be had.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Michael Caselli, the Editor in Chief of iGaming...

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The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people go hungry every night, and after a succesful pilot the UN thinks that blockchain could help them solve world hunger   Earlier this week United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 10,000 individuals had taken advantage of its trial to deliver food to Syrian...

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