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Blockchain”, “cryptocurrencies”, “tokenisation”, and now “central bank digital currencies” have made it into the technology hype cycle vocabulary, but what’s the difference between all these terms and what do they mean for the future of money? Why are regulators around the world so concerned about Libra, and why is China accelerating their blockchain initiatives and so eager to launch a digital renminbi? …


2020 feels up and running already and saying “Happy New Year” now is no longer on-trend.

Nevertheless, we’ll need to look into the crystal ball to see what’s coming up this year and beyond. Many have made embarrassingly wrong forecasts in the past, and the culminations below could likely fall in the same basket. However, with a higher volume of predictions, it’s more likely some of these will see the light of day. …


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Tide.org: Decentralised Personal Data Economy.

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About Tide

https://tide.org/

Privacy is more than a human right, it’s an asset.

Welcome to Tide’s personal data economy. Allowing for the safe storage, sharing, and monetization of your personal data, that’s held by the businesses you interact with.

Over 90% of us feel like we have no control over our personal data. And the explosion of recent privacy breaches makes us less trusting to share it. …


SXSW Announces 2019 Winners Of 11th Annual Pitch Event

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AUSTIN, March 10, 2019 – This evening, South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the winners of the 11th annual SXSW Pitch® event (formerly Accelerator), which took place March 9–10 during the Entrepreneurship & Startup Track at the Downtown Hilton Austin. In addition to a winner chosen from each of the 10 categories, one finalist also took home the overall “Best In Show” distinction.

The category winners of the 2019 SXSW Pitch event are:


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LG Electronics Offers Exciting Preview of Inspirational, Innovative Initiatives at Company’s First SXSW

Engaging with thought leaders, tastemakers and tech mavens at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) for the first time, global lifestyle innovator LG Electronics (LG) is offering festivalgoers a sneak peek at future product concepts being developed to transform the way we live.The LG Inspiration Gallery – open March 8 for 5 days in the heart of the SXSW action near the Austin Convention Center – will feature innovative LG technologies, ranging from a series of new AI robots and unique smart lighting solutions to the company’s first connected ice cream maker. …


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What if I told you that there was a disease out there that was killing over 120,000 Australians every year?

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That’s like a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney crashing to the ground every single day. And all the while, another 100,000 people around the world suffer the same fate every day.

You’d be terrified, right? And be outraged that we aren’t working hard enough to find a cure?

Well that disease is the ageing process itself. Ageing leads to Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer which account for over two-thirds of all deaths around the world. But in the foreseeable future, we may be able to treat the ageing process just as we treat common diseases today. …


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APRIL 2016

  1. NVIDIA goes all in on deep learning at GTC 2016

As visited in last April’s blog, Nvidia have made it clear on their strategy to invest heavily in AI. At GTC 2016, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the DGX-1 — purportedly the world’s first deep learning supercomputer which reaches 170 teraflops (a trillion floating point operations per second) with a pricetag of $129,000. …


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Over the past few years, I have seen the deluge of marketing from the likes of consulting firms, software vendors and the ‘futurists’ out there– all preaching an inevitable rise of the robots, who could automate everything, including the tax function. …


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Credits: The Verge

It’s been great to get people’s thoughts and feedback on the last article on “The iPhone 20”. Some of your responses considered that given Apple’s business model is effectively a walled garden, this makes any integration with the human body very unlikely in the future.

That’s why in this article, rather than focusing on Apple, I’ll look to explore some of the ways tech companies and organisations (including government bodies) will compete on software, hardware and protocols that will shape humanity’s journey to 2029, which may accelerate our existing divisions that stifle collaboration and splinters our future societies. …


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Cryptocurrencies. We’ve gone through the hype — whether as a punter, a true believer (“HODLer”), a passive spectator with a fear of missing out (“FOMO”), or an innocent bystander who has that friend telling you about how “crypto” and “the blockchain” will create a new world order and lead to world peace.

And who can blame the hype? Cryptocurrencies were all the rage leading up to December 2017, when the price of Bitcoin climbed to a record high price of nearly US$20,000 from US$1,000 in January of that year alone. …

About

Peter Xing

Writer @datadriveninvestor | Faculty @singularityu | Co-founder @transhumanismau | Associate Director - Tech & Growth @kpmgaustralia | Exec @sciencepartyaus

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