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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IBM and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ inks deal for Blockchain Contract Management

Following some of the other japan advances, such as an internal bank coin, in Singapore at the Watson centre: SINGAPORE - 16 Sep 2016: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a contract with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to examine the design, management and execution of contracts among business partners using blockchain technologies. The two companies will begin by piloting blockchain to automate business transactions between the two companies. This is one of the first projects built on the Hyperledger Project fabric, an open-source blockchain…
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Steam finally bitcoins?

Someone has datamined some strings by steam to integrate bitcoin in some form via bitpay Bitcoins in Steam coming () submitted 20 hours ago * by Haoose bitcoin_authorization_explanation Bitcoin transactions are authorized through the BitPay website. Click the button below to open a new web browser to initiate the transaction. bitcoin_payment_tips_header Tips for Bitcoin customers bitcoin_payment_tips_text This process can take up to 60 seconds. To avoid purchasing failures, please do not hit your back button or close the bitpay window before the process is complete. checkout_payment_method_specific_note_bitcoin Note: Any…
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Singapore Blockchain Ledger in works by DBS and Stanchart

Trade finance has always been one possible application of irrevocability as a feature Standard Chartered Plc is working with DBS Group Holdings Ltd. on developing distributed ledger technology for trade finance in Singapore, in a bid to make such transactions simpler and more transparent. ... In pursuing the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Standard Chartered and DBS are developing a new approach that could improve the trade finance business by speeding up banking transactions, while cutting costs and boosting transparency. This is the world’s first application of…
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