Blockchain will be a fundamental component of a data-driven world

Whether it’s personal, social, corporate, scientific or political, data will have a key role in determining the functionality and efficiency of the systems that will underlie the infrastructures of entire communities as humanity becomes more and more digital.

Data has rightly earned the title of “new gold.” It is fast becoming the main drive behind modern business. Companies collect and analyze data to improve the efficiency of their services and products.

And as with everything of value, there’s reason to believe that future wars will be fought over data stores. But there’s really much more to data than monetary value. Continue reading

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Blockchain’s promise for the gaming industry

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Over the past decade, the gaming industry has gone through immense revolutions and transformations. The old model of paying once with cash and buying games of the shelf is slowly giving way to platforms such as Steam and app stores where you buy games online or pay as you play.

Games have now become full-fledged commerce platforms and markets, where players spend money to pay for services, access expansion packs and extra levels, or buy and exchange in-game assets and resources with other players. Continue reading

Why I’m giving up on Twitter conversations

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I love Twitter, have been using it for years, and my Twitter account is much more active than my LinkedIn or Facebook. I use it regularly to share my latest articles with my followers, share links to other scoops and articles that are worth reading, post amusing comments on others’ posts, or simply vent my frustration when a particularly complicated article is giving me a hard time.

But Twitter gets frustrating as soon as exchanges start to get technical and lengthy in nature. And my latest episode happened yesterday, after VentureBeat ran my latest article, which explored the intersection of blockchain and cybersecurity. Continue reading

How blockchain can improve cybersecurity

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Our increasingly connected and digital lives are making us more vulnerable to cyberattacks than ever. As was the case in previous years, 2016 saw a spate of cyberattacks of unprecedented proportions. Some of these incidents were a reminder that the internet is no longer fun and games.

What we also learned was that the current infrastructure that powers our current local and global networks might no longer be able to sustain the new generation of attacks and threats.

Enter the blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies the popular and controversial Bitcoin cryptocurrency, the technology that is the result of decades of research in cybersecurity and cryptography. Continue reading

How blockchain can disrupt the music industry

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The business models that supported the distribution and sale of music in a disconnected world no longer sustain the fluid landscape of file sharing services like DropBox, Google Drive and MediaFire. That’s why since the advent of the first file sharing platform, Napster, in 1999, the music industry has been in constant upheaval.

The introduction of streaming services such as Spotify only made things more complicated. Continue reading

What is an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)?

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Just as blockchain, the technology that underlies bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, continues to show potential in transforming many industries, it is also showing its potential in the crowdfunding and investment domain.

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has become a popular way to raise funds for projects that are based on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. An ICO is a cryptocoin crowdsale, where a blockchain-based project allows enthusiasts and supporters to invest in the project by purchasing part of its cryptocurrency tokens in advance. ICOs usually take place in the early phases of a project, and the raised funds are then used to pay development and launch expenses. Continue reading

How blockchain and energy monitors will create the decentralized, renewable energy grid

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By Stefan Grosjean, Smappee

There’s a lot of talk about using renewable and green energy sources, but the sheer amount of energy required to overcome the volatility and management hurdles have slowed down its mainstream implementation.

Fortunately, this is something that can be overcome with the use of revolutionary technologies such as Internet of Things, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Continue reading