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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? …


A roundup of predictions for 2020 and the rest of this decade

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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We sat down with the founders of Tide, Issac Elnekave and Michael Loewy for a discussion on their origin story, Tide Foundation, and the future of the Tide protocol at SXSW 2019, filmed in Australia House on Rainey St, Austin TX.

Tide.org: Decentralised Personal Data Economy.


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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This article is based on the script I wrote for my TEDxMelbourne talk late last year:

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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I wanted to reflect on how much progress artificial intelligence (AI) has made over the past 5 years. To begin, in thIs article I will try and cover the top AI developments between 2014 to 2016:

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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Artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation, machine learning, cognitive computing — we hear these buzzwords everywhere now, but what does it all mean for tax professionals? Who cares if Watson can beat the best of us at Jeopardy!? Or that AlphaGo can do the same with Go? Will someone please just do my taxes for me?

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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How competing software, hardware and political ideology could accelerate existing divisions in humanity into the future

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Peter Xing

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

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