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Crypto’s Wild Ride

L2inc, Scott Gallow and David Yermack | Mar. 29, 2017
L2inc’s Scott Galloway discusses the future of alt-coins and the volatility of the market with NYU Stern finance professor David Yermack.

A Closer Look at Central Bank Digital Currencies

BIS Committees on Payments and Market Infrastructure | Mar. 2018
Central banks must carefully weigh the implications for financial stability and monetary policy of issuing digital currencies, according to a report from the Bank of International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the Markets Committee. The report considers a wholesale CBDC (for use in financial markets), and a general purpose CBDC (for use by the general public) and their implications for payments, monetary policy and financial stability. Wholesale CBDCs might be useful for payments but more work is needed to assess the full potential, concludes the report. Although a CBDC would not alter the basic mechanics of monetary policy implementation, its transmission could be affected. A general purpose CBDC could have wide-ranging implications for banks and the financial system. The report concludes that each jurisdiction considering the launch of a CBDC should carefully and thoroughly consider the implications before making any decision.

Bitcoin: Money or Financial Innovation?

Federal Reserve of St. Louis, Scott A. Wolla, Ph.D.,  | Mar. 5, 2018
IBitcoin has become a cultural and financial phenomenon, but what is it and is it a worthwhile investment? Scott Wolla, the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s Senior Economic Education Specialist, provides an overview of Bitcoin and its possibilities.

West Virginia Is First State to Pilot a Secure Military Mobile Voting Solution

Secretary of State of West Virginia Press Release | March 28, 2018
West Virginia’s Secretary of State’s Office is piloting the first mobile voting by blockchain in a federal election. The state is performing a pilot test for military service members who can’t vote in person in two counties—Harrison County and Monongalia County. Deployed, registered, qualified military voters will be able to vote beginning on Friday, March 23, 2018, until the polls are closed on Primary Election Day on May 8, 2018. Participating military voters will need a compatible Apple or Android mobile device and approved, validated State or Federal ID to vote.

Programmable Money: Will Central Banks Take the Lead?

IBM Institute for Business Value, Jed McCaleb, Lindsay Lin and Jesse Lund | 2018
IBM’s Jed McCaleb, Lindsay Lin and Jesse Lund examine how the financial service industry is exploring the promise of blockchain to create programmable money.

Personal Genomics to Blockchain Technology

The Harvard Crimson, Amy L. Jia and Sanjana L. Narayanan | Mar. 4. 2018
In a partnership with a pharmaceutical company, Harvard researchers plan to launch Nebula Genomics, a blockchain technology company that aims to give individuals full ownership of their genomic data. By cutting out the middlemen, Nebula Genomics will allow individuals to sell their personal data to pharma and biotech companies.

Too Embarrassed to Ask: The Facebook Scandal and Its Fallout

Recode.net, Eric Johnson | Mar. 23, 2018
On the podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. Wagner and how political data firms’ exploitation of a loophole in Facebook’s old data platform has severely undermined public trust in Facebook..

Time for a New Inflection Point

IBM Think 2018, Ginni Rometty | Mar. 20, 2018
Business and technology are reaching an inflection point triggered by the convergence of data and artificial intelligence, according to IBM CEO Giinni Rometty. “Something happens when both Business and Technology architectures change at the same time,” said Rometty. “You look back in time that is about every 25 years and it has the potential to change everything. And so what that means everybody in here runs a business. It’s a business that can learn exponentially and if you learn exponentially you become the disrupter versus be disrupted.”

The AI Police Are Coming

Futurism.com, Chelsea Gohd | Jan. 27, 2018
Ford Motor Company has filed a patent on an autonomous, artificially intelligent police car, which could issue citations and provide surveillance via wireless databases.

The Future of Self-Driving Trucks Is Starting Now

The Verge, Andrew Hawkins | Mar. 6, 2018
On March 6, Uber announced it is now operating its fleet of self-driving trucks on its Uber Freight app. Using transfer hubs, self-driving rigs drive long-haul, highway portion of the trip and transfer the trailer to human drivers for the last delivery miles.

How the Internet of Things Is Improving Rail Travel in France

IBM Watson | Feb. 22, 2017
French Railways operator SNCF uses IBM Watson IoT to deliver superior customer service, maximum operational efficiency and enhanced safety to its 13.5 million daily passengers. Using the Watson IoT Platform and thousands of sensors, SNCF connects its entire rail system, including 30,000 kilometres of track, 15,000 trains and 3,000 stations, to provide insights from real-time information. These insights will allow SNCF to manage its equipment and improve quality, security and availability of its trains.

Internet of Things Sector Overview for Fourth Quarter 2017

Venture Scanner Insights | Feb. 16, 2018
What are the different components of IoT and how do they make up this startup ecosystem? On Venture Scanner’s research platform, we have classified the companies in the sector into functional categories. This blog post examines these categories and how they compare with one another through a series of graphics.

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