Natural Language Processing has made tremendous strides the last few years, undoubtedly. One should expect the next five or ten years to see a Cambrian Explosion of sorts in the sector, not just in language-focused technology like translation and language learning, but across the continuum of modern technology. That being said, we are still a little out of step on some critical issues. This is not to say there are not teams of brilliant and motivated people on a definite road to solving these problems, but the solutions have not hit the public — yet.

1. English-Centric Development

There is evidence of this…

Avishay Ovadia is an accomplished entrepreneur and principal at the new Collider Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on the blockchain and crypto industries based in Tel Aviv. Along with his long-time business partner Amitay Molko, Ovadia he is the co-founder of BlockchainJLM, a community organization specifically aimed at helping Jerusalem’s crypto scene flourish. Here, Avishay gives us perspective on what venture capitalists, who are taking on renewed importance for blockchain companies after the lull in ICOs, are looking for in the short, mid, and long terms to earn their investments.

Investors Wants to See Clear Priorities from Blockchain Startups

The metrics for a worthy investment don’t match…

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There is a reason car companies are investing big money in blockchain, with automated vehicles in mind. BMW, Ford, Renault and General Motors are a few of the companies joining the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. Porsche is promising to invest $176 million into startups, including blockchain projects. Porsche Ventures invested in Berlin’s Gapless earlier this year.

A lot of these brands are floating trials in one way or another: Mercedes-Benz is rewarding some drivers with a cryptocurrency, MobiCoin, for safe driving. BMW is working with Circulor to ethically source cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as…

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It’s been two weeks since ConsenSys entered the satellite business. It befuddled the company’s observers to see a blockchain company, tasked with promoting Ethereum’s use, lay down what was likely hundreds of millions of dollars to buy one of the world’s premiere space startups. But the answer might lie in what ConsenSys can do for data and information, not just blockchain technology or Ethereum.

However, this purchase by ConsenSys does something far more revolutionary. Should blockchain see mass adoption in government, industry, and by the public, then which blockchain (or blockchains) will be the most accepted? Which blockchain will hold…

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The last decade has been particularly good to health and fitness apps with Fitbit, Garmin, and Polar just a few of the most prominent names that have found success. They ran the gamut of uses, from monitoring your heart rate to checking your blood sugar. The fitness sector in particular has seen a variety of uses, both in terms of wearable technology and mobile apps. Now, several blockchain-based projects are entering the industry, hoping to both motivate athletes and harness the connectivity of modern health technology.

Blockchain has a few built-in advantages that could help improve usage in the…

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The 3 Main Takeaways:

1. 2017–2018 were a PoC for Ethereum; 2019 needs to be the year it matures

2. dApps need a lot more tender love and care.

3. UX/UI will probably lead into solutions for making dApps more usable, and thus bring more blockchain users

Devcon4 has come and gone, and it certainly put Prague on the blockchain map. Somewhere between 4,000–5,000 developers put foot to pavement to attend Ethereum’s core gathering. The event is getting strong reviews from across the industry, providing a critical platform for the people at the center of blockchain’s technical development. …

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ConsenSys isn’t the first to consider blockchain in space, but it seems poised to be the one to make it take off by acquiring Planetary Resources.

This has been a golden age for space startups, or as some call it “astropreneurship.” Dozens of nanosatellite startups have entered the fray, and SpaceX has outpaced NASA in terms of its rocket development to ferry those entrepreneurial probes into orbit. Next year, SpaceIL, an entrant from the Lunar X-Prize competition, plans to put the first private spacecraft in human history on the Moon. …

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Hype can get people to drop their inquisitive and skeptical traits. It can sweep people away, not noticing that they take certain unproven statements as irrefutable axioms Confusion over the meaning of certain buzzwords can also give people the wrong impression. So is the case with blockchain and security, particularly fraud.

Blockchain is not inherently fraud-proof, but it can greatly deter fraud over time.

Take for example one potential application of blockchain, antiquities. Just like art, antiquities might see a future being catalogued and tracked on universal blockchains that museum curators depend on for authenticity. …

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(This is Part II of a two-part interview. Read Part I here.)

Lou Kerner is the founder of Crypto Oracle and an accomplished venture capitalist. He has been extremely active on the American and Israeli startup fronts and threw his hat into the crypto and blockchain ring just over a year ago. We picked his brain for thoughts on the current industry and where people can improve their knowledge of blockchain.

In last week’s article, Lou Kerner explained his reasons to be optimistic about the future of blockchain. …

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(This is Part I or a two-part interview.)

Lou Kerner is the founder of Crypto Oracle and an accomplished venture capitalist. He has been extremely active on the American and Israeli startup fronts and threw his hat into the crypto ring just over a year ago. We picked his brain for thoughts on the current industry and where people can improve their knowledge of blockchain.

Lou is sharp, and is in anything but a malaise over the crypto market. In fact, he thinks blockchain — also known as distributed ledger technology (DLT) — holds more promise than the internet.

Gedalyah Reback

Technology reporter and spare-time Religion & Middle East analyst. True technocrat. Space, NLP, language learning, translation, blockchain and a bunch of others

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