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Nov 23, 2014

BitCoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — The Ethereum Primer

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Quoted: “Ethereum will also be a decentralised exchange system, but with one big distinction. While Bitcoin allows transactions, Ethereum aims to offer a system by which arbitrary messages can be passed to the blockchain. More to the point, these messages can contain code, written in a Turing-complete scripting language native to Ethereum. In simple terms, Ethereum claims to allow users to write entire programs and have the blockchain execute them on the creator’s behalf. Crucially, Turing-completeness means that in theory any program that could be made to run on a computer should run in Ethereum.” And, quoted: “As a more concrete use-case, Ethereum could be utilised to create smart contracts, pieces of code that once deployed become autonomous agents in their own right, executing pre-programmed instructions. An example could be escrow services, which automatically release funds to a seller once a buyer verifies that they have received the agreed products.”

Read Part One of this Series here » Ethereum — Bitcoin 2.0? And, What Is Ethereum.

Read Part Two of this Series here » Ethereum — Opportunities and Challenges.

Read Part Three of this Series here » Ethereum — A Summary.

Nov 22, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 23, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 23, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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THE ECONOMIST: Quantum biology. How quantum theory is helping to explain the mysteries of life science http://lnkd.in/ePv-wAq

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The Genetics Epidemic. The Revolution in DNA Science — And What To Do About It http://lnkd.in/diHn3YP

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Neuronal “Superhub” Might Generate Consciousness. Could a thin, enigmatic layer of nerve cells be a key component of the networks generating conscious experience? http://lnkd.in/dPmnSHz

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Nov 21, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 22, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 22, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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BBC NEWS: Robots face new test of creative abilities. A US professor is proposing a new way to test whether artificial intelligence (AI) is on a par with that of humans. http://lnkd.in/eq8HWGx

FINANCIAL TIMES: Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels. The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group’s power. http://lnkd.in/eBaysU3

THE ECONOMIST: Is Germany’s economy getting too weak to pull Europe out of its crisis? http://lnkd.in/e6vF9kU

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Nov 20, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 21, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 21, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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CleanTechnica: Biomimicry Run Amok: New Micro Air Vehicles Can Swarm Like Bees http://lnkd.in/dMpRCPB

FINANCIAL TIMES: Space junk or Russian satellite killer? It is a tale that could have come from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being tracked by western space agencies, stoking fears over the revival of a defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/cdd0bdb6-6c27-11e4-990.….z3JdykV8Dw

TECH CRUNCH: Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population http://lnkd.in/eBAaTfe

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Nov 19, 2014

BitCoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — FACTOM

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Quoted: “The Factom team suggested that its proposal could be leveraged to execute some of the crypto 2.0 functionalities that are beginning to take shape on the market today. These include creating trustless audit chains, property title chains, record keeping for sensitive personal, medical and corporate materials, and public accountability mechanisms.

During the AMA, the Factom president was asked how the technology could be leveraged to shape the average person’s daily life.”

Kirby responded:

“Factom creates permanent records that can’t be changed later. In a Factom world, there’s no more robo-signing scandals. In a Factom world, there are no more missing voting records. In a Factom world, you know where every dollar of government money was spent. Basically, the whole world is made up of record keeping and, as a consumer, you’re at the mercy of the fragmented systems that run these records.”

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Nov 19, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 20, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 20, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: The Cognitive Usefulness of the Internet of Things http://lnkd.in/dqVF9PX

ZDNet: Internet of things: Poised to be a security headache? Nearly 95 percent of enterprises are at least concerned about the security of the Internet of things. Here’s a look at a potential security model. http://lnkd.in/dBvktGj

CNNMoney: FAA can regulate drones http://lnkd.in/dX2iKEH

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Nov 18, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 19, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 19, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FINANCIAL TIMES: Object 2014-28E – Space junk or Russian satellite killer? It is a tale that could have come from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being tracked by western space agencies, stoking fears over the revival of a defunct Kremlin project to destroy .… http://lnkd.in/d-YWkfx

ZDNET: Data science: ‘Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis’ http://lnkd.in/dzfvjdp

TIME: New York Is Transforming Its Old Payphones into Wi-Fi Hotspots http://lnkd.in/dqHpQUW

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Nov 17, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 18, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 18, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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The Economist: Genetically modified crops. The biggest study so far finds that GM crops have large, widespread benefits The biggest study so far finds that GM crops have large, widespread benefits http://lnkd.in/diqjQp4

The Economist: What next for retail banks? http://lnkd.in/dahXnmU

Bank of Canada: Money in a Digital World http://lnkd.in/dnwMD4p

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Nov 17, 2014

A New Economic Layer — BitCoin, Cryptorcurrency, and Blockchain Technology

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Preamble: Bitcoin 1.0 is currency — the deployment of cryptocurrencies in applications related to cash such as currency transfer, remittance, and digital payment systems. Bitcoin 2.0 is contracts — the whole slate of economic, market, and financial applications using the blockchain that are more extensive than simple cash transactions like stocks, bonds, futures, loans, mortgages, titles, smart property, and smart contracts

Bitcoin 3.0 is blockchain applications beyond currency, finance, and markets, particularly in the areas of government, health, science, literacy, culture, and art.

Read the article here » http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/swan20141110

Nov 16, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 17, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 17, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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Huffington Post UK: The Technological Revolution Is All Well and Good — But We Must Ensure That the Digital Skills Gap Is Bridged http://lnkd.in/dPN_AyC

Alberta Express: The next farm technology revolution. Rob Saik says big data will soon be a fact of life on farms, and producers will have to find ways to deal with it all http://lnkd.in/dNxbkBt

WALL STREET JOURNAL: How Is Our Digital Revolution Doing? http://lnkd.in/dn2-p4q

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