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The company is the world’s first blockchain hedge fund, an incubator for new crypto up-and-comers.

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Not only does the Global Blockchain team invest in the best, brightest and most profitable crypto projects. It also incubates new and upcoming crypto and blockchain firms.

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Luxmobiles and flying unicorns: how diversification and proliferation will rule the routes

While it’s all go for robotic systems in the automotive space right now, we seem to be suffering from collective linear thinking — that a driverless car is like a car, just without a driver. In reality nothing will be further from the truth, for a number of reasons not least that current designs are built around the need for multi-use, protecting people sitting in a certain configuration and so on. When you can click your fingers and get a ‘mobility solution’ along in five minutes, chances are it will be designed more around single-need, safe and efficient use.

This requirement for flexibility influences most aspects of car-based transport today, as well as logistical transportation. The latter is also impacted by restrictions caused by the notion of a driver: so, while container trucks may be able to deliver their modular loads, … Read More »

How Education Can Eliminate Public Fears Surrounding AI

Misconceptions swirl about what AI is, what machine learning does, its capabilities and its purpose in our society. However, our world is benefiting from the technology’s implementation, and it’s driving positive cultural and societal change, such as helping doctors predict the next global health outbreak or enhancing diagnosis and treatment capabilities. Yet despite these advancements, many are still concerned about AI’s capabilities and how the tech will affect the future of work. Job automation, for example, has been covered tirelessly by the press, and headlines take both sides of the ever-swaying media spectrum – “AI is taking our jobs,” “automation is complementary to our jobs,” or “don’t fear the factory robots.”

The problem isn’t automation itself, but a general lack of education surrounding the topic, and understanding a future where computers are extensions of our own capabilities. Because of their … Read More »

The digital world needs new lawmakers

The current, “sudden” plague of deepfake videos is just the latest in a series of “unexpected” events caused by “unplanned” use of technology. More will occur, and indeed are already happening: in a similar vein the computer-generated mash-up videos on YouTube that care more about eyeballs than child protection; the ongoing boom in cyber-trolling; bitcoin pimping and pumping. To be expected are misuse of augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and robotics. Wait, 3D-printing of guns is so five years ago.

As I’ve written before, such bleak illustrations are the yang to innovation’s ying: trolling, for example, is the downside to the explosion of transparency illustrated by the ongoing, global wave of #MeToo revelations (“revelations” in its traditional, not salacious media sense). The present day is multi-dimensional and complex, and it is often difficult to separate positives from the negatives: so … Read More »

Can Frugal Innovation models apply to Western corporations?

Frugal Innovation, seen in 2012 as “a distinctive specialism of the Indian system” — is about delivering innovation while minimising costs. Here’s how UK research body NESTA put it back in 2012: “Frugal innovation responds to limitations in resources, whether financial, material or institutional, and using a range of methods, turns these constraints into an advantage.”

As examples such as Tetra Pak’s pyramid-shaped “samosa” packs (lower manufacturing cost, higher efficiency) illustrate, it is possible to use cost minimisation as an innovation driver; the four conditions of “lean, simple, clean and social” can lead to products and services more applicable to populations without access to resource levels available to more ‘developed’ countries.

Organizations looking to replicate the perceived benefits of frugal innovation (for example, to address healthcare challenges in the US, or as per this BearingPoint report) face several difficulties, not least definition. … Read More »

GDPR quick tip: Know what data (models) you have

Amid all the kerfuffle around the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR (which applies to any organization handling European citizen data, wherever they are located), it can be hard to know where to start. I don’t claim to be a GDPR expert – I’ll leave that to the lawyers and indeed, the government organizations responsible. However, I can report from my conversations around getting ready for the May 25th deadline.

In terms of policies and approach, GDPR is not that different to existing data management best practice. One potential difference, from a UK perspective, is that it may mean the end of unsolicited calls, letters and emails: for example, the CEO of a direct mail organization told me it may be the demise of ‘cold lists’, that is, collections of addresses to be targeted without any prior engagement (which drives many ‘legitimate … Read More »