Digital Economy

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Here's everything you need to know about blockchains, the ground-breaking tech that could be as disruptive as the internet

From a 'castle' full of bitcoin millionaires to the initial coin offering (ICO) craze, it's hard to escape the chatter about how some people are building their fortunes off the new world of cryptocurrencies. But behind those cryptocurrencies sits a technology called blockchains, which some people …

Bitcoin

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

• <b>New bitcoin is created by computers solving complex cryptographic problems, a process known as "mining."</b>• <b><br>PowerCompare.co.uk says the amount of electricity used by computers mining bitcoin so far this year eclipses the annual usage of countries like Ireland and most African countries.</b>• <b><br>Bitcoin's</b> …

Bitcoin

4 Essential Innovation Skills That Anybody Can Master

Great innovators aren't prima donnas or glory seekers, they are problem solvers<p>I spent the majority of my adult life managing organizations and I always felt enormous pressure to innovate, but whenever I went looking for guidance, what I found was a confused jumble. Disruptive innovation, design …

Innovation

The legal quagmire of creativity in artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an established alternative to human capabilities in computation, data-driven optimisation and manual labour. …

Artificial Intelligence

AI won’t peak at human intelligence

Over the past few years, AI has dominated news cycles and captured the imagination of entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. We can see the potential: self-driving transportation on-demand, robotic assistants in the home, and Amazon Echo version 14.0 to do things the human mind could never …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Of The Sectors Blockchain Is Currently Disrupting

It's so much more than the bitcoin.<p>Blockchain has been everywhere lately - and it's so much more than a few bitcoins.<p>It seems that everywhere you turn in the tech industry, someone is talking about the promise of blockchain technology and how it's going to change the world. Well, I'm here to tell …

FinTech

Augmented reality will transform city life

It’s understandable to feel underwhelmed by augmented reality thus far; AR won’t really become interesting and practical in a mass market way until it can do more than just place 3D objects on tables. Despite this, AR is already changing our urban lives, even if the technology’s effects aren’t …

Augmented Reality

22 Trends to Look for in 2018

Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but it's possible to identify macro trends by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry.<p>Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but it's possible to identify macro trends by paying close attention to what's happening in …

The biggest roadblock to AI adoption is a lack of skilled workers

While there is nearly universal agreement that artificial intelligence offers the promise of revolutionary benefits, recent survey findings from Gartner reveal almost 60 percent of organizations surveyed have yet to take advantage of the benefits of AI. Perhaps even more surprisingly, only a little …

Artificial Intelligence

Why the gig economy needs blockchain

The emergence of online resource-sharing and freelancing platforms have ushered in the new era of the gig economy. These services have made it possible to get or provide help on tasks and projects like never before. They’re now challenging traditional labor structures and models. In the U.S. alone, …

Sharing Economy

Google DeepMind is making artificial intelligence a slave to the algorithm

Google’s role in university artificial intelligence courses alarms Sheila Hayman<p>Your article (Hi-tech brain drain threatens British university research, 2 November) contains one particularly chilling revelation: that Google DeepMind now runs artificial intelligence courses at UCL and Oxford.<p>Having …

Artificial Intelligence

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, and Most People Haven't Noticed

Remember when nobody knew what the internet was? It's happening again.<p>Cryptocurrencies collective market caps have shot up to as high as a $177 billion as of the time of writing this piece. Considering the year started in the low $10s of billions, that's a considerable jump. That's a lot of growth …

Bitcoin

Where is technology taking the economy?

We are creating an intelligence that is external to humans and housed in the virtual economy. This is bringing us into a new economic era—a …

Walmart debuts voice shopping on the Google Home

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Walmart announced on Wednesday that its customers are now able to shop on Walmart.com using voice commands via Google Home and Google Home Mini devices.<p>In addition, Walmart …

Ethereum will match Visa in scale in a ‘couple of years’ says founder

The mind behind Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter-of-fact about the crypto. In short, he believes what interviewer Naval Ravikant called “brain virus” is the true future of security and economics and, with the right incentives, Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even …

Cryptocurrency

3 Reasons Why the Drone Industry Is Hiring Thousands of New Workers

A billion dollars in venture capital this year and deregulation are fueling a hot job market.<p>For the first time in history, investments in drones--those buzzy airborne gadgets that used to be called UAVs--have crossed a billion dollars. $1.2 billion has already been invested in unmanned aerial tech …

Drones

China’s digital economy: A leading global force

China is already more digitized than many observers appreciate and has the potential to set the world’s digital frontier in coming decades.<p><b>China has</b> …

Welcome To The Post-Work Economy

For the future economy to work, we need to get rid of our unhealthy fixation on what work and jobs mean to our self-worth.<p>If the goal of the economy is to provide decent-paying work for everyone, that economy clearly isn’t doing a good job at the moment. Real wages for most Americans haven’t …

Capitalism

​Queensland unveils new digital strategy centred on people

The state's 2017-2020 digital strategy includes updating government service delivery, leading the way with tech-based initiatives, and placing the …

A free, teacher-less university in France is schooling thousands of future-proof programmers

Paris<p>When you walk into École 42, a teacher-less coding school in Paris, a few things leap out at you: a killer collection of provocative street art, including an illustrated condom machine at the front desk; iMacs as far as the eye can see; and a palpable buzz from the roughly 1,000 students …

François Hollande

Fast, Secure Blockchain Tech From An Unexpected Source: Microsoft

Microsoft is aiming to make shared ledger transactions safe enough for its stalwart corporate clients.<p>The networks behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum were built with mistrust in mind. After all, virtual currency users have every reason to believe that others on the network are trying …

Bitcoin

BLE Beacons, iBeacon, Eddystone, IoT and IIOT Solutions.

Choose your own adventure<p>AA Beacon<p>Coin Beacon<p>USB Beacon<p>Edge Relay<p>Module<p>BlueCats Platform Overview<p>Something for everyone & every idea<p>iBeacon …

Internet of Things

IoT: The Key for Industrial Organizations in the Digital Age

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Internet of Things

Will Automation In The IT Sector Create New Job Opportunities?

The media reports have lately been abuzz with the futuristic reports where it is claimed that due to automation, half of the jobs will be eaten up …

Stripe now worth more than $9 billion after raising $150 million

Stripe, a US fintech firm founded by two Irish brothers, has raised $150 million (£121 million) in a funding round that values the company at over $9 billion (£7 billion).<p>The investment round, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was led by CapitalG and General Catalyst, and also included …

Startups

What to expect from the app market this year

In 2016, mobile app store downloads reached over 90 billion, while total time spent in apps worldwide increased to nearly 900 billion hours. From a business perspective, the app economy proved to be more lucrative than ever, paying publishers over $35 billion in revenue across the iOS App Store and …

Trends

Why IBM's speech recognition breakthrough matters for AI and IoT

IBM recently announced that its speech recognition system achieved an industry record of 5.5% word error rate, coming closer to human parity. Here's …

Cryptocurrency miners are renting entire Boeing 747s just to stay in the game

In a mining boom, buy the shovels.<p>It’s one of the oldest investing axioms, and anyone with shares in chipmakers AMD and Nvidia are reaping the rewards right now.<p>As the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum explodes, cryptocurrency miners are in a race to beat each other to the riches, and graphics …

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé.<p>A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered …

Innovation