BicQlo (Bic Camera / Uniqlo) x Bitflyer / Bitcoin

In just a few months bitcoin has taken japan by storm, some of the impact would take time to materialize, but bitflyer appears to be held by the who's who of the japan banking industry Mizuho Financial Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group It is also drawing immense interest not just from the japanese, but also foreigners within their land And also one can't miss out Jon Southurst's on site demo (he has been a long time journalist in the bitcoin scene)  
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FOSS Daimler Blockchain @ Singapore Science Centre

Previous Keystones: Simon Dixon Digital Distressed Debt, Andreas @ SG Sunday was an interesting event all the way in the far flung Science Center as a bigger Machine Learning Artifcial Intelligence event unfolded. Blockchain crept into a tiny lecture hall, drawing interested persons from a variety of backgrounds to one end of Singapore. Attores opened with how they intended to use both hyperledger and ethereum to conduct their trade financing use cases in their arrangement with certain financial institutions. Following that, Toby of TenX had some difficulties with…
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Andreas M. Antonopoulos in Singapore

Andreas was in Singapore to share his thoughts on the state of the digital ecosystem and was a funny, engaging and energetic speaker that grabbed the room for his session. The event was held at the Singapore Management University School of Accountancy to a fully packed auditorium. He happily walked people through his thought process as people lobbed questions over segwit and lightning, outlining the facts that mattered to him as bitcoin walked through its grand experiment. He cautioned against the football club mentality that the internet and…
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Simon Dixon BnktotheFuture Bitfinex Digital Distressed Debt Mechanism

In this sharing session at Paypal's Singapore incubator, Simon Dixon of bnktothefuture goes through how his platform developed  a third party fully digital mechanism to resolve bitfinex claims by end-users. Following the events of the bitfinex hacks, consumers/end-users became de-facto trade creditors with claims against bitfinex, which entered into a soft digital version/analogue of chapter 11/judicial management. With bnktothefuture, which normally provides solutions for private equity into the crypto world, they worked out a means by which claims against bitfinex were swapped for equity in bitfinex; people or…
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Tierion Microsoft Blockchain Digital Decentralized Identity collab

Microsoft has announced a collaboration with Tierion in the vein of having decentralized digital identities (in a different manner from say the Estonian e-passport). General use cases of having a digital identity on a blockchain online usually goes towards say authentication in authorizations, or saving costs on know your customer anti money laundering requirements. The Microsoft Press Release: Microsoft and Tierion collaborate on attestations & Blockchain proofs Posted on January 30, 2017 Cale Teeter DX TED SDE Daniel Buchner from the Identity team is working with a wide…
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AlphaGo goes AlphaCraft as Deepmind teams up with Blizzard

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment An agent that can play StarCraft will need to demonstrate effective use of memory, an ability to plan over a long time, and the capacity to adapt plans based on new information. Computers are capable of extremely fast control, but that doesn’t necessarily demonstrate intelligence, so agents must interact with the game within limits of human dexterity in terms of “Actions Per Minute”. StarCraft’s high-dimensional action space is quite different from those previously investigated in reinforcement…
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Technological credit default swaps and smart contract blockchains

Abridged Version of a piece written earlier this year:   What is it that we look to in technology? Technology at its core about solving problems, finding new problems and creating better problems. One can hone or refine a solution, learn or explore new problems (and solutions) and then create or synthesize new solutions (and new problems). At times it performs the role of scarcity transformation (much as a bank does maturity transformation); china has traded “free” clean air for cheap production, rare earths prices are more extraction…
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