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“Stone Money” on This Pacific Island is History’s First Public Ledger

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Yap, Micronesia, also known as the Island of Stone Money, is a 40 square-mile island just 500 miles southwest of Guam in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It rests 9.5 degrees north of the equator...
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Blockchain Economics and Network Effects

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Looking at the gargantuan market caps that the world’s biggest tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have amassed, one wonders how they’ve managed to dominate within their respective environments, often in such a...
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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...
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Responsible Investing and Alphabet Soup in the EU

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Look past the acronyms and you’ll see increasingly valuable work that will affect both how we invest, and how we address climate change The Paris Agreement on climate change took place in December 2015 with...
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Blockchain based Voting – A Promising Usecase

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With the recently concluded General Elections back home similar hue & cry emerged by the losing parties of rigging. Although foreign observers gave a clean chit to the Election Commission on conducting a transparent...
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Sink or Swim: Governments Must Embrace Blockchain Technology

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The reaction of different governments to blockchain as technology and cryptocurrency, in particular, vary significantly. While some embrace the technology and have given the industry a boost through supportive policies and frameworks, others, such...
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It’s Time To Learn The Art And Science Of Delegation

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For leaders who have grown accustomed to managing every aspect of their business, micromanaging can be a tough habit to break. To be fair, the necessity of being a jack-of-all-trades within the operation is...
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AI forecast: ‘Disruption, then productivity’

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There is growing concern about all the white-collar jobs that will disappear with the spread of machine learning and AI. It gets me thinking about slide rules. The connection is that innovation causes disruptions, then...
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How Can AI and Humans Work Together?

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In the movie Bicentennial Man, Robin Williams plays a robot that transforms people’s lives by helping them make their everyday tasks easier to accomplish- things like opening the window, cooking dinner, and cleaning the...
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Relevance for Leaders in the AI Age

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Today’s leaders must constantly update their survival skills if they want to stay on the island. Three capabilities to sharpen in today’s fast-moving digital world are adaptability, continuous learning, and empathy. Leaders who can adapt The...
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IOTA’s Smart city strides

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The concept of Smart city has been gathering momentum recently with the City of Taipei partnering with the IOTA foundation (Jan. 2018) to achieve the smart city goal initiatives. There is a multitude of smart city...
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How to Not Be Creepy While Using Employee Data in Workforce Management

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Tech companies (ab)using personal data is today’s 1984. And while Facebook is at the forefront of our outrage, a growing industry in the HR Tech space is also experiencing challenges overcoming the creepiness factor...
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The 1960s Hippie Movement and How It Gave Rise to Silicon Valley

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There’s probably not a person in the world that doesn’t associate Silicon Valley with major technological enterprise – most of us associate the area with big-time tech developers like Google and Apple. But what was...