Augur, Assassination and Morality on the Blockchain

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The chilling 2014 film Nightcrawler charts the rise of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom, a mildly psychotic, Travis Bickle-like character who goes from being made unemployed, having been caught stealing on the job, to becoming a successful ‘stringer’ – a freelance photojournalist who sells footage of serious and often bloody crimes to local news stations. Without giving too much away, we observe throughout the film how Bloom becomes more ‘effective’ at his new job, specifically by tampering with crime scenes and engaging in increasingly unethical behaviour as a way to extract the most shocking footage possible. And by doing so, he…...

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Shashank Pattekar Financial markets professional turned FinTech enthusiast, Shashank has a passion for exploring the possibilities of disruption in this new, tech-informed era of finance. After several years working in London's financial services sector, including stints with investment banks Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, he opted in 2013 to switch to a more location-independent career. In the process, he developed a keen interest in writing about contemporary subjects including FinTech and blockchain, alongside more traditional topics related to finance, economics and current affairs. Shashank has also been an advisor to a new London FinTech firm, and has worked on a number of global blockchain projects, mainly in financial, marketing and advisory capacities. Shashank can be reached at [email protected]