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Update and Few Thoughts, a (Well-Typed) transcript: Liza&Charles the marketeers, Voltaire kick-off, PrisM and Ebb-and-Flow to fuck ETH2.0 Gasper, the (back)log of a man and a falcon, lots of companies, September Goguen time, Basho, 2021 Titans, Basho, Hydra and much more thoughts and prayers

Hi everybody this is Charles Hoskinson broadcasting live from warm sunny Colorado. I'm trying a new streaming service and it allows me to annotate a few things and simulcast to both periscope and youtube. Let's see how this works. I also get to put a little caption. I think for the future, I'm just for a while going to put: "I will never give away ada". So, when people repost my videos for giveaway scams they at least have that. First off, a thank you, a community member named Daryl had decided to carve a log and give his artistic impression of my twitter profile picture of me and the falcon so that always means a lot when I get these gifts from fans and also I just wanted to, on the back of the Catalyst presentation, express my profound gratitude and excitement to the community.
You know it's really really cool to see how much progress has been made in such a short period of time. It was only yesterday when we were saying "when Shelley"? Now Shelley's out and it's evolving rapidly. Voltaire is now starting to evolve rapidly and we're real close to Goguen. At the end of this month we'll be able to talk around some of the realities of Goguen and some of the ideas we have and give some dates for certain things and give you a sense of where that project is at. The good news is that we have gained an enormous amount of progress and knowledge about what we need to do and how to get that done and basically people are just executing and it's a much smaller task than getting us to Shelley. With Byron to Shelley we literally had to build a completely new cryptocurrency from the ground up. We had to have new ledger rules, new update system, we had to invent a way of transitioning from one system to another system and there's hundreds of other little innovations along the way: new network stack and so forth. Byron cosmetically looks like Shelley but under the hood it's completely different and the Shelley design was built with a lot of the things that we needed for Goguen in mind. For example, we built Shelley with the idea of extended UTXO and we built Shelley understanding what the realities were for the smart contract model and that's one of the advantages you get when you do this type of bespoke engineering. There's two consequences to that, one, the integration is significantly easier, and two, the integration is significantly faster. We won't look at that same complexity there.
The product update at the end of the month... We'll really start discussing around some of these things as well as talk about partners and talk about how the development ecosystem is going to evolve. There are a lot of threads throughout all three organizations that are happening simultaneously. Emurgo, they're really thinking deeply about DeFi and they've invited us to collaborate with them on things like stablecoins for example but we're also looking at oracles (oracle pools), DEX and these other things and because there are already people in market who have made mistakes, learned lessons, it gives us the benefit of hindsight. It means we can be much faster to market and we can build much more competitive things in market and the Cardano community gets first access to these next generation DeFi applications without a lot of the problems of the prior generations and that's super beneficial to us.
You know, the other side of it, is that Voltaire is going to have a systemic influence not just on community funding but also the overall evolution and direction of the platform. The longer it exists the more pervasive it will become. Probably first applied towards the Cardano foundation roadmap but later on it will definitely have a lot of influence and say over every element aspect of the system including the launch dApps and these other things. Basically, long term, the types of problems that Cardano solves so that's incredibly appealing to me and very exciting to me because it's like I have this giant community brain with the best and brightest of all of you working with us to get us where we need to go.
You know, another thing that was super encouraging, it's a small thing, but it shows us that we're definitely in the right direction was that we recently got a demo from Pramod (Viswanath) and his team out of university of Illinois on a protocol they create called PrisM which is a super fast proof-of-work protocol and they wrote this beautiful paper and they wrote code along with it that showed that PrisM is a ten thousand times faster than Nakamoto consensus. If you take the bitcoin proof-of-work protocol, you strip it out, you put PrisM in, you can run the entire bitcoin system 10000 times faster. They have these beautiful benchmarks to show that. Even in bad network conditions. (I'm) promoting this team, they're, they're real researchers, and they're real engineers, they use a lot of cool HPC concepts like springboarding and other things like that to accommodate that. Then I asked him in the presentation, I said well, how much faster if you replay the Ethereum chain? He says, well, that it takes a big performance hit, could be only maybe a hundred times because that model is not as easy to optimize and shard with standard computer science concepts. In fact in some cases there are limitations there that really can't be overcome. It turns out that we're more on that UTXO side than we are on the account side. As a coincidence or intent of the design of extended UTXO we're gonna have a lot easier time getting much higher performance where and when it's necessary.
I also approved this week a scaling up of the Basho project. In particular, to build a hydra prototype team. The science has gotten to a point where we can make a really competitive push in that particular direction. What does that mean? It means that in just a few short months we can de-risk technological approaches that long-term will give us a lot of fruit where and when the community decides that they need infrastructure like hydra. Now, here's the beautiful thing about hydra. If you watch my whiteboard back in September of 2017 when Cardano first hit market with Byron I talked about this concept of looking at scalability with a very simple test which is as you get more people in the system it stays at the same performance or it gets faster. We all experience systems that do this, for example, bittorrent, more people downloading something you tend to be able to get it faster and we all experience the converse which is, the system gets slower when you get more people. What does this mean? It means that hydra is an actual approach towards true scalability in the system and it's a lot easier to do than sharding even though we have a beautiful approach to get the sharding on the ledger side if we truly desire to go down that way. There's beautiful ideas that we are definitely in deep discussions about. That's a very complex thing. There was recently a paper ("Ebb-and-Flow Protocols: A Resolution of the Availability-Finality Dilemma") out of Stanford that showed that the Gasper protocol as proposed for ETH2.0 does have some security concerns and it's going to be the burden on the shoulders of the Ethereum 2.0 developers and Vitalik to address those concerns from those Stanford professors. Whenever you have these very complex protocols they have so many different ways they can break and things can go wrong so it's much more appealing when you don't have to embrace complexity to achieve the same. The elegance of hydra is that stake pool operators are very natural parties to put hydra channels on and every time we add one we get much more performance out of that and the system as it gets more valuable. The k factor increases which means you get more stake pull operators, which means you get more hydra channels, so with growth we get appreciation, with appreciation we get more decentralization, with more decentralization we get more performance. In essence, this spiritually speaking, is really what we meant when we said scalability. That the system will always grow to meet its particular needs and we have a very elegant way of moving in that direction that doesn't require us to embrace very sophisticated techniques. It's not to say that these techniques don't have a place and purpose but it says that the urgency of implementing these is gone and we then have the luxury to pick the best science when it's ready instead of rushing it to market to resolve a crisis of high fees. We'll never have that crisis so there's a beauty to Cardano that is missing, I in my view, from many cryptocurrencies and blockchains in the marketplace and we're now seeing that beauty shine through. Not only through our community who are so passionate and amazing but in the science and the engineering itself and how easy it is for us to navigate the concepts. How easy it is for us to add more things, to take some things away, to clean some things up here and there and our ability to move through.
I never imagined when in 2015 I signed up to go in on this crazy ride and try to build a world financial operating system we would have made as much progress as we made today. We've written more than 75 research papers as an organization many of which are directly applicable to Cardano. We've got great partners who work with Nasa and Boeing and Pfizer, massive companies, that have 10 years of history and millions of users to come in and help us grow better. We've worked with incredible organizations, major universities like university of Wyoming, university of Edinburgh, Tokyo, tech professors all across the world. We've worked with incredible engineering firms like VacuumLabs and AtixLabs and Twig and Well-Typed, runtime verification, QuviQ and dozens of others along the years and despite the fact that at times there's been delays and friction throughout this entire journey we've mostly been aligned and we keep learning and growing. It gives me so much hope that our best days are ahead of us and an almost fanatical belief that success is inevitable in a certain respect. You see because we always find a way to be here tomorrow and we always find a way to make tomorrow a better day than today and as long as that's the trend you're monotonically increasing towards a better tomorrow, you're always going to have that outcome, you're always going to be in a position where Cardano shines bright. Towards the end of the month we'll have a lot more to say about the development side and that'll be a beginning just like Voltaire is the beginning and then suddenly you now notice the beautiful parallelism of the roadmap. Shelley continues to evolve, partial delegation is coming, in fact, I signed the contract with vacuumlabs to bring that to Ledger (and Trezor). The Daedalus team is hard at work to make that feature apparent for everyone as is the Yoroi team.
You see that, with now Voltaire, and soon was Goguen, and these are not endpoints, rather they're just beginnings and they're never over. We can always make staking better, more diverse, more merit-based and entertain different control models, have better delegation mechanics, have better user experience. The same for smart contracts, that's an endless river and along the way what we've discovered is it's easy for us to work with great minds and great people. For example with testing of smart contracts I would love to diversify that conversation above and beyond what we can come up with and bring in some firms who have done this for a long time to basically take that part with us shoulder to shoulder and build beautiful frameworks to assist us. For example, runtime verification is doing this with, the EVM with a beautiful project called Firefly to replace Truffle. I believe that we can achieve similar ends with Plutus smart contracts.
When you ask yourself what makes a system competitive in the cryptocurrency space? In my view there are four dimensions and you have to have a good story for all four of those dimensions. You need security and correctness. A lot of people don't prioritize that but when they get that wrong it hurts retail people, it hurts everyday people, billions of dollars have been lost due to the incompetence and ineptitude of junior developers making very bad mistakes and oftentimes those developers faced no consequences. The people who lost money were innocent people who believed in cryptocurrencies and wanted to be part of the movement but didn't protect themselves adequately. That's a really sad thing and it's unethical to continue pushing a model that that is the standard or the likely outcome rather than a rare edge case. You have to as a platform, a third generation platformn invest heavily in giving the developers proper tools to ensure security and correctness. We've seen a whole industry there's been great innovations out of Quantstamp and ConsenSys and dozens of other firms in the space including runtime verification who have really made major leaps in the last few years of trying to improve that story. What's unique to Cardano is that we based our foundations on languages that were designed right the first time and there's over 35 years of history for the approach that we're following in the Haskell side that allows us to build high assurance systems and our developers in the ecosystem to build high assurance systems. We didn't reinvent the wheel, we found the best wheel and we're giving it to you.
I think we're going to be dominant in that respect as we enter 2021. Second, you look at things like ease of maintenance, ease of deployment, the life cycle of the software upgrades to the software and as we've demonstrated with things like the hard fork combinator and the fact that Voltaire is not just a governance layer for ada and Cardano but will eventually be reusable for any dApp deployed on our system. You have very natural tooling that's going to allow people to upgrade their smart contracts, their dApps and enable governance for their users at an incredibly low cost and not have to reinvent the governance wheel each and every application. This is another unique property to our system and it can be reused for the dApps that you deploy on your system as I've mentioned before. Performance is a significant concern and this was often corrupted by marketers especially ICO marketers who really wanted to differentiate (and) say: "our protocol tested on a single server in someone's basement is 500000 transactions per second" and somehow that translates to real life performance and that's antithetical to anyone who's ever to study distributed systems and understands the reality of these systems and where they go and what they do and in terms of performance. I think we have the most logical approach. You know, we have 10 years of history with bitcoin, it's a massive system, we've learned a huge amount and there's a lot of papers written about, a lot of practical projects and bitcoin is about to step into the world of smart contracts. We congratulate them on getting Schnorr sigs in and the success of Taproot. That means entering 2021, 2022, we are going to start seeing legitimate dApps DeFi projects, real applications, instead of choosing Ethereum or Algorand, EOS, Cardano, choosing bitcoin and they're adding a lot to that conversation. I think that ultimately that model has a lot of promise which is why we built a better one. There are still significant limitations with what bitcoin can accomplish from settlement time to the verbosity of contracts that can be written.
The extended UTXO model was designed to be the fastest accounting and most charitable accounting model ever, on and off chain, and hydra was designed to allow you to flex between those two systems seamlessly. When you look at the foundations of where we're at and how we can extend this from domain specific languages, for domain experts, such as Marlowe to financial experts, and the DSLs that will come later, for others, like lawyers and supply chain experts in medical databases and so forth and how easy it is to write and deploy these. Plutus being beautiful glue code for both on and off chain communications. I think we have an incredibly competitive offering for performance and when hydra comes, simply put, there'll be no one faster. If we need to shard, we're going to do that and definitely better than anybody else because we know where our security model sits and there won't be surprise Stanford papers to blindside us that require immediate addressing.
In terms of operating costs, this is the last component, in my view, and that's basically how much does it cost you the developer to run your application? There are really two dimensions, one is predictability and the other is amount. It's not just good enough to say: it's a penny per transaction today. You need to know that after you spend millions of dollars and months or years of effort building something and deploying something that you're not going to wake up tomorrow and now it's five dollars to do what used to cost a penny. You need that cost to be as low as possible and as predictable as possible and again the way that we architectured our system and as we turn things on towards the end of this year and as we enter into the next year we believe we have a great approach to achieve low operating cost. One person asks why Cardano? Well because we have great security and correctness in the development experience and tools with 35 years of legacy that were built right the first time and don't put the burdens of mistakes on your customers. They ask why Cardano and we say: well the chain itself is going to give you great solutions with identity value transformation and governance itself and as a consequence when you talk about upgrading your applications having a relationship with your customers of your applications and you talk about the ease of maintenance of those applications. There's going to be a good story there and we have beautiful frameworks like Voltaire that allow that story to evolve and we keep adding partners and who have decades of experience to get us along. We won't stop until it's much better. They asked why Cardano? We said because at the moment we're 10 times faster today than Ethereum today and that's all we really need for this year and next year to be honest and in the future we can be as fast as we need to be because we're truly scalable. As the system gets more decentralized the system improves performance and where and when we need to shard we can do that. We'll have the luxury of time to do it right, the Cardano way, and when people ask why Cardano? Because the reality is, it's very cheap to do things on our platform and the way we're building things. That's going to continue being the case and we have the governance mechanisms to allow the community to readjust fees and parameters so that it can continue being affordable for users. Everything in the system will eventually be customizable and parameterizable: from block size, to transaction fees and the community will be in a good position to dynamically allocate these things where and when needed so that we can enjoy as an ecosystem predictability in our cost.
In the coming weeks and months, especially in my company, we're going to invest a lot of time and effort into comparison marketing and product marketing. When I see people say, oh well, you've launched proof of stake, a lot of other people have done. I don't think those people fully appreciate the magnitude of what we actually accomplished as an ecosystem and the quality of the protocols that are in distribution. That's not their fault, it's our fault, because we didn't take the time in simplistic terms, not scientific papers and deep code and formal specifications, but rather everyday language, to really show why we're different. I admit that that's a product failing and that needs to be corrected so we hired a great marketing director, named Liza (Horowitz?) and she is going to work full time with me and others in the ecosystem, a great team of people, every single day to get out there and explain what we have done is novel, unique, competitive and special to our industry. Everything from Ouroboros and contrast to major other protocols from the EOSes and Algorands and the Tezos of the world. Why we're different, trade-offs we chose over them, to our network stack, to the extended UTXO model, to Plutus, to Marlowe and we're going to keep hammering away at that until we get it right and everybody acknowledges and sees what has been accomplished.
I've spent five years of my life, good years of my life, and missed a lot to get this project where it needs to go. All of our employees have invested huge sums of their personal lives, their time, their brand, their careers, in trying to make this the really most magical and special cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure around. No one ever signed up in this company or the other companies working on Cardano to work on a mediocre protocol. That's just another blockchain, they signed up to change the world, they signed up to build a system that legitimately can look at you in the face and say: one day we have the potential to have a billion users! That's what they signed up for and they showed up to play. They built technology that evolves in that direction with some certainty and great foundations and we have an obligation to market in a way that can show the world why, succinctly, with clarity. Understandably, this has been a failing in the past but you know what? You can always be better tomorrow that monotonically increasing make it better and that's what we're going to do. We recognized it and we're going to invest in it and with Voltaire if we can't do it. You the community can do it and we'll work with you. If you can do a better job and the funding will be there to get that done. In addition to this, we think about 2021 and we ask where does the future take us? I've thought a lot about this you know I've thought a lot about how do we get the next five years as we close out 2020 and here's the reality: we're not going to leave as a company until we have smart contracts and multi-asset and Voltaire has evolved to a point where the community can comfortably make decisions about the future of the protocol and that the staking experience has solidified and it's stable.
I don't care if this costs me millions or tens of millions of dollars out of my own pocket to make happen. I'm going to do that because that's my commitment to you, the community and every product update will keep pushing our way there. We'll continue to get more transparent, we'll continue to get more aggressive and hire more and parallelize more. Aware when we can, to deliver that experience so that Cardano gets where it needs to go. Then when we ask about where do we go next? The reality is that the science as an industry, the engineering as an industry has given a menu of incredibly unique attractive and sexy things that we can pursue. What we're going to do is work with the community and the very same tools that are turning on today, the Voltaire tools, the tools and we're going to propose a consortium and we're going to bring the best and brightest together and give a vision of where we can take the system in another five years. With the benefit of hindsight, massively improved processes, better estimation capabilities and the fact that we're not starting with two people at IOG. We're starting with 250 people and the best scientific division in our industry and the legacy of almost, nearly by the end of this year, 100 scientific papers. That's us, you know what, there's dozens of companies throughout the history who have worked on Cardano. It's about time to scale them up too and get client diversity. So come next year when the protocol has evolved to the point where it's ready for it, we'll have that conversation with you the community and that's going to be a beautiful conversation. At the conclusion of it, there's going to be certainty of how we're going to evolve over the next five years to get ourselves beyond the cryptocurrency space. I'm very tired of these conversations we have about: are you going to go to (coindesk's) consensus or not? Or who's going to be the big winner? What about Libra or what about this particular regulation and this crypto unicorn and this thing?
You know I've been in the space a long time and I've noticed that people keep saying the same things year after year in the same venues. Yes, the crowd sizes get larger and the amount of value at risk gets larger but I haven't seen a lot of progress in the places where I feel it is absolutely necessary for this technology to be permanent in the developing world. We need to see economic identity. People often ask what is the mission for Cardano? For us IOG, you look at economic identity and you take a look at a roadmap. For it, you scale up and down, and each and every step along the way, from open data, to self-sovereign identity, to financial inclusion. You can keep going down: to decentralized lending, decentralized insurance, decentralized banking. Each and every step along the way to economic identity. When you admit a blockchain tells you that, there's a collection of applications and infrastructure that you need to build.
My life's work is to get to a point where we have the technology to do that. The infrastructure to do that, with principles, and so we'll keep evolving Cardano and we'll keep evolving the space as a whole and the science as a whole until I can wake up and say: each box and that road to economic identity, for all people not just one group, we have a solution for that. I'm going to put those applications on Cardano and success for me is not about us being king of the crypto hill and having a higher market cap than bitcoin or being entrepreneur of the year coindesk's most influential person. It's meaningless noise, success for me is reflecting back at the things that we have accomplished together and recognizing that millions if not billions now live in a system where they all matter, they all have a voice, they all have an equal footing. The Jeff Bezos of the world have the very same experience as the person born in Rwanda and we're not done until that's the case. It's a long road, it's a hard road, but you know what? We're making progress, we have great people in Africa, we have great people in eastern Europe, we have great people in southeast Asia and great partners all along the way. Great people, Latin America, great people in south America, great people here in the United States.
When we talk about economic identity there are millions, if not tens of millions of Americans who don't have it. Same for Canadians, hundreds of thousands, who don't have it. Developed western cultures, it's the greatest blind spot of policy and as we enter into a depression as a result of coronavirus, add millions if not tens of millions more onto that list. Generations are being disenfranchised by this legacy system and we as an ecosystem, we as an entire community are offering a different way forward. Not hyper centralizationn not social credit but a way forward where you own your own money, your own identity, your own data. You're not a victim of surveillance capitalism, you're not a victim of civil asset forfeiture. When you say the wrong things, you get shut out of society. Each and every human being matters and I'm optimistic to believe that when you remind people that they matter they're gonna rise to the occasion. That is the point of my company. In the things that we do each and every day, that's our mission to give the platforms to the world so that those who don't have economic identity can get it and they can keep it and no one can take it from them and they can enjoy an ever increasing growth of standard of living wealth and prosperity.
However you want to measure that this is my goal post, I couldn't care less about the cryptocurrency space. It was a great place to start but the space needs to be reminded why it exists. Bitcoin was given a mandate on the back of the 2008 financial crisis to do something different. It was not given a mandate to go be a new settlement layer for central banks or a new way for the old guard to make more money and banks get bigger and for those who are in control to preserve their power. The whole point of doing something so crazy as to buy a coin that doesn't even exist in real life, that's just a bunch of numbers in the cloud, the whole point of that was so that we as a society could do something different than the way that we'd been doing things before. So, each and every member of the cryptocurrency space needs to remind everyone else from time to time why we're here and where did we come from and where are we going to go.
The beauty of Cardano is we have already achieved for the most part a decentralized brain and that momentum is pushing harder than ever. More and more scientists are waking up, more and more institutions are waking up, getting us there. The code we have, the right approach and I think we have a great competitive offering for 2021 as we go and battle the titans and that's going to be a lot of fun but we know who we are and where we're going and we're in the right places. It's so incredibly encouraging to see the stake pool operators not just be from California or Texas or New York or Canada. To see a lot of stake pool operators from the place that need the most, help everybody does matter and it means a lot to me for the people who are there but it means a lot to everybody to say that we have created an equal platform. It makes the participation of all of us so much more meaningful. We're not just talking to each other, we're talking to the world and by working together on this platform we're lifting the world up and giving people hope. That's the point, there's a lot more to do, we didn't get everything done. You never do you aspire, you work hard, you set a moon, shot and sometimes you can just get to orbit with the first go but you know what? When you build the next rocket you can go to Mars.
Thank you all for being with me, thank you all for being part of this. Today was a damn good day with the announcement of Voltaire. Go to You can participate in that, so end of September is going to be a good day too. There's a lot of good days to come, in between a lot of hard days, doing tasks sometimes entirely forgettable but always necessary to keep the revolution going and the movement going. I cannot wait for 2021, our best days are ahead of us, because of you. You all take care now .
Other things mentioned: (TWIG) (PrisM and not our Prism
Ebb-and-Flow Protocols: A Resolution of the Availability-Finality Dilemma (aka Gasper and ETH2.0 fucker)
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EMJAC tire recycling project chooses ExMarkets as IEO partner

Constant worries regarding climate change are forcing society to make a harder look at what human beings are doing to the Earth as a species. In the regions with higher levels of economic and social developments winds of sustainable living and environmental care are taking the lead.
Responsible thinking is also opening a niche for startups and enterprises. There are real business cases out there that can help us make our surroundings cleaner, safer and more pleasant.
Today, we are glad to announce that one such project is going to appear on ExMarkets for an Initial Exchange Offering and exchange listing afterward. Guys, meet EMJAC — the World’s 1st green energy DLT project. EMJAC is building a digital architecture to help the word to efficiently convert waste into renewable energy.
EMJAC’s digital platform will be based on latest blockchain technology to manage, account and eventually reduce illegal tire dumping through blockchain based traceability solution. The long-term result will generate clean energy, reduce tire waste and hazards associated with it.
EMJAC IEO will run for the full month of August starting on the 1st at 12 AM GMT and ending on the 31st. “We want the world population to join EMJAC to recycle and empower Blockchain towards a sustainable future” — commented Mr. Meng Kwan CEO, founder and CEO of EMJAC.
Project supporters and ExMarkets users will be able to acquire EMJAC’s native tokens — EMJ in exchange for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Euros or USDC stable coin. Token price will start at $0.08 and will gradually increase approaching the end of the sale.
Naturally, it makes more economic sense to contribute early and buy at the lowest price possible. Should you still need an account at ExMarkets, visit and sign up immediately — we promise it won’t take longer than 3 minutes of your time.
EMJAC project from up close The common way how fuel is generated is through the combustion process of raw materials. A similar process is employed when manufacturing tires. The good news is that Meng Kwan and Chu Wong discovered a decentralized system that facilitates the impact of favorable dimensions for the recycling and energy waste industries. According to the EMJAC team, the architecture of the platform will be fueled by EMJ token which will grant users access and rights to monitor the movement of the whole waste recycling process, buy, sell and exchange generated energy into EMJAC native tokens.
The process is delightfully called TRU — Advanced ContinuousThermal Recovery Unit. TRU is a sustainable disintegration procedure that actually recycles 100% of waste tires without spewing any of the harmful gases or emissions and helps to directly reduce the carbon footprint. TRU is the ultimate solution to the global redundant tire recycling problem.
It is constructed to achieve multiple objectives, all oriented towards increasing the efficiency of waste management and recycling sector, especially the used tire section. How does it work?
TRU technology can be called the reverse engineering of tire waste. The anti-manufacturing removes sulfur from tires to recover raw material and transforms into its components: Euro 2 synthetic diesel, black carbon, steel wire, and synthetic gas.
Various sources calculate that there are over 2 billion tires that are categorized as waste per year and is projected to keep growing and reach 2.3 billion as early as 2023. What’s even more surprising is the fact, that there are capabilities to recycle only 30% of them. It suggests that there’s a true need in society to do so and validates EMJAC’s business case. Especially when they are achieving this in a completely green and sustainable manner.
What is also not the least bit less important is that EMJAC has been in close contact with the Malaysian Department of Environment and other agencies besides having established partners in other regions of the world, namely Asia, Europe, and the United States.
To find out more about EMJAC’s work, recycling centers, and the EMJ coin, view the official explanatory video or skim through the whitepaper.
Tokensale Fundamentals
Ticker: EMJ;
Price: $0.08 in Round I | $0.11 in Round II | $0.18 in Round III;
Bonus: No;
KYC: Yes;
Token total supply: 500,000,000 EMJ;
Available for sale: 350,000,000 EMJ;
Softcap/Hardcap: $8,000,000 USD/ $35,000,000;
Accepted currencies: BTC, ETH, EUR, USDC;
Blockchain: Ethereum (ERC20).
“EMJAC just has a great case if you take the time to think about it. There are billions of tires out there just lying around that everyone wants to get rid of but can’t burn them without causing significant pollution. The statistics indicate that the amount is only going to increase in the foreseeable future. EMJAC’s TRU process does just that and decomposes waste into raw materials that can be monetized. It’s a benefit to all” — commented D. Sharkey, the head of sales at ExMarkets and CoinStruction.
Anyone with some common sense and a pinch of awareness for the environment shouldn’t find it hard to understand the position EMJAC is in. It looks like a premium deal and you should definitely get in on it! We’re delighted that ExMarkets IEO LaunchPad will host the IEO sale. Take your chance to sign up now and get ready for the action!
See you when the IEO starts! Don’t miss it and stay tuned by joining ExMarkets Telegram channel!


ExMarkets is a digital asset exchange platform powered by the state-of-the-art trading engine developed in-house. On the exchange, ExMarkets users can trade the most popular cryptocurrencies as well as gain the chance to participate in the token sales of the most promising blockchain and crypto projects through ExMarkets Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) LaunchPad.
Fairly recently ExMarkets was granted 2 operational licenses for crypto-fiat gateway and custodian service provision by the Estonian regulator making it one of a few certified players in the market. It takes only a few minutes to set up your account and users are allowed to make deposits in Bitcoin, Ethereum, other supported cryptocurrencies, tokens, and most importantly Euros.
To top it all off, ExMarkets is a part of the CoinStruction liquidity framework which is aggregating order-books from the most well-known cryptocurrency exchanges guaranteeing 24/7 crypto liquidity — a feature which can seldom be seen in the current market.
All IT solutions and technology of ExMarkets and CoinStruction’s services are developed in-house guaranteeing that all security threats and third-party associated risks are kept at minimum levels throughout all stages of product deployment.
Trade. Master. Profit. ExMarkets.
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On the topic of Bitcoin and currencies name confusion (Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin BTC, Ethereum ETH, Ethereum ETC..)

The topic of cryptocurrencies name confusion come back regularly.
It is often presented as a proof that Bitcoin Cash is trying to mislead newbie and steal the “Bitcoin” brand.
While I agree currencies sharing similar name can be confusing, the situation is not new and in reality extremely common.
It is the norm, not the exception.
It is actually relatively rare to have a currency with unique, non-shared name.
Any peoples with only a bit of knowledge should know this situation exist and be prepared for it when trading currencies whatever it is crypto or regular FIAT.
If anything crypto have shown so far a remarkable consistency. (Somewhat surprising as crypto are open source project while FIAT currencies are state enforced)
Here I collect some examples, the list is pretty exhaustive fell free to let me know if you have other examples I will add them to the list.
US Dollars USD
Australian Dollar AUD
New Zealand NZD
Barbadian dollars BBD
Bermudian dollars BMD
Brunian dollars BND
Bahamian dollars BSD
Belizean dollars BZD
Canadian dollars CAD
Finjian dollars FJD
Taiwan new dollars TWD
Britsh pounds GBP
Egyptian pounds EGP
Falkland island pounds FKP
Guerney pounds GGP
Gibraltar pounds GIP
Isle of man pounds IMP
Jersey pounds JE Lebanese pounds LBP
Sudanese pounds SDG
Saint Helenian pounds SHP
Syrian pounds SYP
Argentinian Pesos ARS
Chilan Pesos CLP
Combian Pesos COP
Cuban Pesos CUC
Dominican Pesos DOP
Mexican Pesos MXP
Philipine Pesos PHP
Uruguayan Pesos UYU
Belaruzian rubles BYB
Russian rubles RUB
Nowegian Krona NOK
Swedish Krona SEK
Danish Krona DKK
Icelandic Krona ISK
Croatian Krona HRK
Czeck Krona CZK
French francs (dead)
Swiss francs CHF
Francs CFA XOF
Burudian francs BIF
Congolese francs CDF
Djibutian francs DJF
Guinean francs GNF
Comorian francs KMF
Rwanda francs RWF
Bahraini Dinars BHD
Algerian Dinars DZD
Iraqi Dinars IQD
Jordanian Dinars JOD
Kuwaiti Dinars KWD
Lybian Dinars LYD
Serbian Dinars RSD
Tunisian Dinars TND
Kenyan shillings KES
Somali shillings SOS
Tanzanian shillings TZD
Ugandan shillings UGX
Indian rupees INR
Sri lankan rupees LKR
Mauritian rupees MUR
Nepalese rupees NPR
Pakistan rupees PKR
Seychellois rupees SCR
Indonesian rupiahs IPR
I recommend to link this post next time you encounter this argument again.
I think there is no need wasting energy debating such points.
It is a normal characteristics of currencies and while possibly annoying it has to be accepted (and is simply unavoidable).
Edit: format hate me
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#PundiX July 2019 Monthly Activity Recap

Dear Pundians,
July was definitely a whirlwind! Over the last month, we hit several milestones — from being Samsung’s first fintech app in its blockchain ecosystem to organizing meetups in five cities across the globe, and so much more in between. Allow us to walk you through the specifics.
Product Development Telegram integration and crypto gift feature We are very excited to announce that X Wallet 2.0 is now available on Android and iOS. Using this version, you can integrate your Telegram contacts and send or receive crypto gifts. To make things easier, we set up an official Telegram chat group ( for users (it’s currently the top Telegram chat according to For more information, check out our feature.
Integration support for Verifone X990 US-based Verifone welcomed Pundi X with the integration of its X990 with our XPOS module. Through this partnership, users now have access to a wider network of retailers accepting cryptocurrency payments. Read more about it here.
Welcoming Samsung Blockchain Wallet We’re excited to be part of Samsung’s growing adoption of blockchain technology into their products. The Samsung Blockchain Wallet enables the use of decentralized apps on Samsung smartphones, making it easier for blockchain technology to penetrate the mainstream market. We are definitely privileged to be part of this important initiative.
On top of it all, our platform now supports 12 tokens, including native coins of three public chains, which are BNB, XEM and QTUM.
Merchant Adoption and Partnership Kapytal exchange, Mexico Last July 4, we were at the Blockchain Summit Latam 2019 in Mexico City to seal our partnership with Kapytal, a Mexican digital asset exchange. They will be the first official distributor for Pundi X in Mexico, having launched operations on August 1. Not only do they distribute XPOS and XPass cards, they also provide liquidity for merchants willing to cash out Mexican pesos to their bank accounts.
São Paulo, Brazil Pundi X continues to make waves in Brazil, with five new newsstands adopting the XPOS in the center of São Paulo.
Lounge X, Korea Robot-powered café Lounge X located in Seoul, South Korea, now welcomes crypto payments via XPOS. It’s a highly advanced café with a robot barista and a robot server, and the addition of XPOS to its tech-drive operations is definitely a plus for the café and Pundi X. The restaurant of the future is now here.
Event and communities XBlockchain Meetups: Hanoi, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Dubai, and Istanbul In July, we’ve co-organized a series of XBlockchain meetups to spread the awareness of the blockchain technology, Function X and Pundi X development progress. The purpose is to seek the collaboration opportunities with various blockchain communities and businesses. July 4: Pundi X partnered with Coin 98 and Function X for a XBlockchain Meetup at the VCC Exchange in Hanoi, Vietnam. July 6: Pundi X hosted a XBlockchain Meetup with Function X, Kyber Network and VeChain Japan Community in Tokyo, Japan. July 20: Pundi X together with the Dosh Exchange and the Project Tubu successfully finished a XBlockchain Meetup in Johannesburg, South Africa. July 24: Pundi X met with major partners at the Astrolabs XBlockchain Meetup Dubai. July 30: Last XBlockchain Meetup in July was held in Istanbul, Turkey with Koophub. Thank you for our partners and those who participated the meetups!
Mobile 360 Africa Pundi X CEO and Co-Founder Zac Cheah was at Mobile360 Africa last July 16 to share his insights on the topic, “How Blockchain Steers Technology of The Future” and showcase the blockchain technology that Function X is capable of. Held in Kigali, Rwanda and organized by GSMA, Mobile360 highlighted key initiatives in the mobile landscape and in relation to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Afro Asia Fintech Festival 2019 In the same week of Mobile 360 Africa, the Pundi X team also went to Nairobi with the Monetary Authority of Singapore to join Afro Asia Fintech Festival from July 15–16. We met important ministers, regulators, bankers, and enterprises to discuss collaborations for the development of the fintech landscape in Africa.
World Cities Summit Joao Victor Mendes, LATAM Country Manager of Pundi X shared what our team has been up to at the World Cities Summit | Mayors Forum 2019 in Medellin, Colombia on July 13.
Blockcrypto Brazil Joao was also at Blockcrypto Brazil to share how Function X works. At the conference, we set up a booth where participants experienced how to top up Bitcoin using XPOS.
MakerDao, DigiX and Pundi X joint meetup in Seoul We also held a successful joint meetup between MakerDao and DigiX in Seoul on July 13, as a way to strengthen our community in the city.
Binance/Pundi X Meetup in Medellín Binance met with Pundi X last July 10 in Medellin, Colombia, as a way to further the partnership and conversation between the two companies.
Community AMA Q2 Quarterly report We are grateful to those who joined our AMA Session with Zac Cheah, who was happy to report some of Pundi X’s highlights over the last quarter and announce our upcoming activities.
Binance Italian Telegram Group We’re also joined AMA hosted by the Binance Italian Telegram Group and gave out 3,000,000 NPXSXEM as crypto gifts to those who participated.
Pink Care Token Alliance with Binance Charity Foundation Period poverty is a reality, that’s why Binance Charity Foundation initiated Pink Care Token (PCAT) a stablecoin aimed at sponsoring feminine hygiene products for young women in the underdeveloped world. Pundi X has joined PCAT to help Binance Charity Foundation to achieve the goal.
CryptoGift Drop Event To celebrate NPXSXEM migrating to Binance Chain, we have held five days of CryptoGift Drop Even from July 17–21 by giving out a total of 14,000,000 NPXSXEM to the selected Telegram groups.
Q2 Removal of 34 billion of NPXS and NPXSXEM tokens On July 14, we completed the removal of 5 billion NPXS and 29 billion NPXSXEM tokens for Q2 2019. We’ve included the amount of NPXS and NPXSXEM converted to FX tokens in May. The conversion of NPXS and NPXSXEM was completed on July 15 and will continue removing these converted tokens per scheduled. Below is the overview of the conversion result.
Migration to Binance Chain and DEX listing proposal submission Announced on June 21, the migration of NPXSXEM BEP2 tokens has started in July. The current total supply of NPXSXEM is 67,725,825,819.45 and will be swapped 1:1 to the Binance Chain, becoming BEP2 tokens. Meanwhile, we also submitted NPXSXEM listing on Binance DEX proposal. Thanks to the support of our community, the proposal has received over 3500+upvotes. As the voting also requires Binance Chain Validators, we are awaiting for the listing result at this moment.
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Announcing BitcoinSOS (Soul Of Satoshi) Client - The most Satoshi client out there! Don't believe us? You're a socialist!

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Bitcoin Cash client BitcoinSOS (Soul Of Satoshi).
BitcoinSOS has 128 Petabyte blocks. None of this socialist 128MB crap! 128MB is for pussies who don't want to compete. We have the biggest blocks!
BitcoinSOS is the truest vision of Satoshi out there. We actually codified Satoshi's soul into this client. It is so Satoshi that you don't need to even listen to anyone else any more. Just listen to BitcoinSOS and don't think. We are going to lock the protocol down.
Since there is nothing you can do about it we might as well explain our strategy:
  1. Build a media company to control the conversation both online and in-person at conferences. Our new media company will be called CoinNerd.
  2. Hire some paid shills. Blockstream's tactics worked like a charm, so we thought, why not adopt their strategy. Anytime an discussion comes up concerning our interests we'll ramp up the rhetoric in favour so it seems like there is natural support in the community for us.
  3. Build an echochamber. We aren't lucky enough to control our own bitcoin so we'll need to build one. We'll install a head mod that seems 'independent' but really serves our interests to a T. We know how well it worked on bitcoin so all we need to do is copy that and people will fall inline. Whoever doesn't will likely leave anyway, and those who don't leave we can just kick out. This will be the perfect place to organise attacks against our enemies Dragon's Den style.
  4. We'll try and get the BCH developers to sign a contract swearing allegiance to BitcoinSOS.
  5. If that fails we'll say that BitcoinSOS is the only client that represents Bitcoin and Satoshi's will. Anyone who does not agree with Satoshi Vision is welcome to fork off to their own new path. Any forks from the Satoshi Vision path will not be Bitcoin and will have to come up with some other name for their fork.
  6. We'll hire a Satoshi front man. He'll study the one area of the subject matter very closely, just enough to stand on a stage and sound like he knows what he is taking about. Then we'll put him on display at every single opportunity imaginable. He'll build up a cult of unquestioning followers in that echochamber we created. In almost every sentence he will allude to the fact he is Satoshi, but of course he won't prove it. But that won't matter since we will encourage a culture of ignorance and loyalty within the cult. We'll make sure he talks in absolutes and applies strongman psychology tactics to pull more members into the cult. He'll post pictures of how rich and successful he is to signal people should follow him.
  7. We will fully patented anything you could possibly think of building on top, and anything that has already been built on top of BCH. If anyone wants to fork off they can fuck off because we own BCH now. Bitcoin has always been about using state power to enforce your will on people. If anyone tries to fork Bitcoin and devalue our patent portfolio we will attack them with our followers and lawyers.
  8. We will splash a bit of money on a few key pieces of infrastructure in the BCH ecosystem so that we look great to the community, but more importantly so that we can gag the people who built these tools. Then if anyone tried to fork we will go without the apps using our code, our IP etc. Without the companies we have invested in.
  9. If anyone who matters in the community questions us, we will call them 'socialists', 'enemies of the people'. We will create stories about them and how they are attacking Bitcoin and how they actually hate BCH. We'll burn them at the stake. All we need is for them to give up.
  10. We'll tell everyone that ONLY miners matter. We'll tell them not even economic non-mining nodes matter. Then we'll buy mining contracts to show how much hashrate we have so that we can push people to go along with us.

You think we're joking?


Fuck the community!

We have more money than Rwanda!

We only speak

3 word sentences

for dummies to follow

And before you get any ideas, don't be like Peter and Emin and Amaury and Jihan and Haipo, all enemies of the people! Socialists! Segwit lovers! They want small blocks! They hate capitalism. [Insert final virtue signal]
Edit: We are extremely proud of our shills' vote manipulation skills today. Even though this post got over 150 upvotes they managed to keep it down at a total of 30 for the day. Absolutely great value for money! No one will find out about our plans now.
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r/Bitcoin recap - January 2019

Hi Bitcoiners!
I’m back with the 25th monthly Bitcoin news recap.
For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on
A recap of Bitcoin in January 2019
Adoption * The number of daily bitcoin transactions has been increasing rapidly again (10 Jan) * Bitcoin ads in Tokyo (11 Jan) * A fish-market in San Diego accepting bitcoin (12 Jan) * A discussion on handing out bitcoin at work (14 Jan) * Bitcoin transactions have increased by 50% over 6 months, with fees at a 2 year low (16 Jan) * LocalBitcoins has more volume than the Venezuelan stock market (16 Jan) * A popular content creator deletes his Patreon account and starts accepting bitcoin (16 Jan) * Buying bitcoin at one of 20k coinstar machines (17 Jan) * A story from a European teacher working in China using bitcoin to send money home (22 Jan) * Germany has 1/5th of the world’s Bitcoin nodes (23 Jan) * SatoshiLabs’ Lightning Node routes over 1 btc in transactions in one day (27 Jan) * Someone in Cambodia uses the Lightning Network and Bitrefill to pay their $1 weekly phone bill (30 Jan) * The Lightning Network reaches 600 btc in capacity (30 Jan)
Development * A special thank you to all the Bitcoin Core contributors in 2018 (1 Jan) * A discussion on the need for a lightning network stress test (6 Jan) * New Lightning apps made at the Seoul Bitcoin Lightning Hackathon (7 Jan) * Wasabi wallet can now mix large amounts faster (12 Jan) * Bitcoin Core developer Adam Gibson talks about fungibility, privacy and coinjoin (16 Jan) * A new Bitcoin developers school is launched in Switzerland (28 Jan)
Security * Bitcoin’s immune system (2 Jan) * A discussion on the importance of running full nodes after an attack on another cryptocurrency (8 Jan) * Google Play store requires Samourai Wallet to disable some of its security features (8 Jan) * The Kraken exchange CEO warns users to not store coins on an exchange if you’re not actively trading (16 Jan) * is compromised (26 Jan)
Mining * Bitmain lost 28% of its bitcoin mining market share in 6 months (2 Jan) * An analysis of a strange nonce pattern in Bitcoin since block 400k (7 Jan) * Bitcoin mining becomes more decentralized as Bitmain loses dominance (18 Jan)
Business * Overstock becomes the first major US company to pay taxes in bitcoin (4 Jan) * Gemini exchange promises it will start using SegWit, Bech32 addresses and transaction batching by the end of Q1 2019 (7 Jan) * Gab emails its 850k users about its switch to Bitcoin (9 Jan) * Bitrefill launches a Lightning channel opening service (9 Jan) * Jihan Wu is stepping down from his role as CEO of Bitmain according to an insider leak (10 Jan) * Bitcoin crowdfunding powered by BTCPay (10 Jan) * Bitmain shuts down its office (14 Jan) * One of the biggest banks in the Netherlands launches a bitcoin wallet (23 Jan) * A ‘leaked’ photo shows that the Samsung Galaxy 10 has a cryptocurrency wallet (24 Jan) * Data collection by bitcoin businesses (29 Jan) * Fidelity will launch its bitcoin custody service in March (30 Jan) * Paxful a P2P bitcoin marketplace, launches its second school in Rwanda (31 Jan) * The QuadrigaCX exchange goes bankrupt after losing access to its cold wallets (31 Jan)
Research * Data on the Proof of Keys event over the last 9 years (2 Jan) * 50% of the bitcoin supply hasn’t moved in a year (10 Jan) * A rebuttal to the reports of Bitcoin’s environmental damage (31 Jan)
Education * Bitcoin’s first block was mined 6 days after its genesis block (10 Jan) * TIME on why Bitcoin matters for freedom (24 Jan) * A simple explainer video of the Lightning Network (27 Jan)
Regulation & Politics * Coinbase bans and its founder (5 Jan) * Some Yellow Vests in France are calling on their supporters to withdraw their money from the banks (8 Jan) * Wyoming introduces bill offering cryptocurrencies legal clarity (19 Jan) * The government of Zimbabwe shuts down the Internet country-wide and hurts its economy (21 Jan) * Venezuela’s new interim president is pro-bitcoin (25 Jan) * Iran lifts its Bitcoin ban (29 Jan)
Archeology (Financial Incumbents) * The European Central Bank has printed €2.85T since 2015 to help sustain the EU economy (4 Jan) * Some of the Yellow Vests in France are calling upon supporters to withdraw money from the banks (8 Jan) * EU fines Mastercard for €570M for high fees (22 Jan)
Price & Trading * Don’t look at ATHs, look at yearly lows (3 Jan) * Whenever you doubt your investing decisions, remember this guy (4 Jan) * Someone creates an open-source terminal dashboard for automated trading and charting (15 Jan)
Fun & Other * Someone put 5% of their paycheck into bitcoin for 3 years (1 Jan) * Bitcoin featured in The Times newspaper on its 10th anniversary (2 Jan) * Bitcoin was launched 10 years ago (3 Jan) * A “How to use bitcoin anonymously” article gets banned on Medium (5 Jan) * A street art treasure hunt in Paris with a Bitcoin puzzle (7 Jan) * An AMA with the co-founder of Wasabi Wallet (7 Jan) * People are trying to encourage others to quit smoking and acquire bitcoin with those savings (8 Jan) * 10 years since Hal Finney’s “Running Bitcoin” tweet (9 Jan) * Gab calls bitcoin “free speech money” (9 Jan) * Nick Szabo on Central Banks, gold and bitcoin (11 Jan) * A discussion on the public perception of ‘hodl’ (12 Jan) * A Twitch streamer receives 20 bitcoin in donations (13 Jan) * The Paris bitcoin puzzle was solved (14 Jan) * An AMA by Blockstream (16 Jan) * The challenges of launching a new cryptocurrency with Proof-of-Work today (16 Jan) * A bitcoin logo on a football team’s shirts in Israel (21 Jan) * Buckminster Fuller on an energy-value system in 1981 (22 Jan) * Someone started anonymously broadcasting messages over Blockstream’s satellites (24 Jan) * Bitcoin is inspiring a new generation of investors (28 Jan) * A story from someone who lost ~$2M USD in btc (29 Jan) * A discussion on tokenization in stock and bonds trading (31 Jan)
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How to get more economic activity on-chain. (Brainstorm)

I been thinking a lot about this so I thought it'd be good to make a post about it to see what everyone is thinking.
Firstly, I know there's a lot of cool gadgets and wallets coming out like the amazing Ka-ching card, the hivr and handcash wallets etc. all aimed at consumer to business interactions and "grandma can use it" type scenarios. This is of course awesome and needed to kick start usage in countries that could make use of a stable currency with all the modern conveniences we enjoy in countries with decent banking systems and stable(for now) fiat.
If you expect the US, Europe or Japan to magically convert to a crypto currency just because of contactless payments you're deluded, it's not needed.
There's one big piece missing in this puzzle - who will BUY the commodities/goods offered from countries that need a solid currency and banking system? All the apps and gadgets in the world mean nothing if there's no actual money flowing into those economies.
What we need is a way to get SV flowing into Africa, South America, Central America, Southeast Asia by the billions/USD. The only way to do that is to buy copious amounts of product from those countries with SV which will be gradually exchanged for the local currency and distributed among the population.
The only way I see this being possible is setting up import-forwarding businesses in every large city all over the planet. CSW talks about rare earth minerals being the key to Rwanda's future wealth. OKAY, somebody needs to find a way to buy rare earth minerals from a Rwandan company and sell them in their home country. Do the remittance via SV. Boom. Potentially $1 billion of Bitcoins flowing into Africa every year.
Now do it with oil. Farm products(coffee!). Anything these countries can export, get it flowing. Why isn't there a company importing avocados from Mexico and Peru via Bitcoin?
Then, when exchanges in the exporting countries are flooded with liquidity the arbitrage between pesos and dollars(for example) will ramp up txns on chain, velocity will actually get moving, then we'll have a real currency.
I don't really see another way. If I were a big whale I'd start setting up an operation myself.
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Just a friendly reminder to pay your taxes, and one thing you can do before year-end to reduce your tax burden (For those subject to US tax law)

Hello ethtrader! My name is Scott Stevens, I am a practicing ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) and I hate paying taxes! Unfortunately, for US citizens and those subject to US tax law. . . we gotta.
All the recent price action has caught the attention of the general public, the media, and unfortunately the IRS. As usual, they will be looking to take their cut. Additionally, with the recent passage of the Republican tax bill, one key tax loophole has been closed, the "1031 exchange." This is a provision that allows for "like kind" exchanges of property. While cryptocurrency is considered property by the IRS, the new tax bill clarifies states that starting in 2018, that 1031 exchanges are valid exclusively for real estate. What this means is that every single cryptocurrency trade we make is a potentially taxable event.
Edit: There is some debate about whether 1031 exchanges are valid for crypto before the new tax provision kicks in. My opinion is that it is unlikely that the IRS considers them valid. This is only my opinion; I"m not trying to "trick" people into supporting my cause by stating this.
For anyone who has made significant profits this year, it will be far easier to pay the piper now rather than face the penalties and interest the IRS will assess later. There are certainly ways you could try to skirt around the IRS, through Monero or Zcash or any number of ways to obfuscate your trades. But the bottom line is that if you end up cashing out into fiat into any traditional banking system, even years down the road, there will be questions about where the money came from, and you will be required to document it. If you've made any significant profit, you can spend years looking over your shoulder and worrying, or you can accept the reality of "death and taxes." has some great resources, including a directory of professionals that can help you with your individual situation.
The good news is that you can do some good in the world, and reduce your tax liability at the same time by donating cryptocurrency to charity! By donating an appreciated asset, such as stock shares, real estate, or cryptocurrency, you do not realize any capital gains on the donation, and receive a tax deduction for your donation.
As a small holder of multiple "altcoins," I've been frustrated by the lack of options to donate anything but Bitcoin and Ethereum to most major charities. Certainly it is simple to trade altcoins into Bitcoin or Eth, and then donate those, but the trade to convert my altcoins then becomes taxable, and I do not get the same reduction in tax basis compared to as if I had donated the altcoin directly.
For that reason, I've created my own non-profit entity, Blockchain Benevolence, with the hope of being able to accept nearly any cryptocurrency as a donation. We will use these donations to fund cataract surgeries in third world countries, including Ethiopia, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Rwanda, and Ghana. The supplies to perform a single life-changing surgery in one of these countries costs only $25. Cataracts are the worlds leading cause of preventable blindness, and a simple 10-15 minute procedure can literally change someone's life overnight. We are working closely with an existing organization, the Himalayan Cataract Project. Donations we receive will be used to purchase the supplies for surgery, which will be routed through their existing network to those in need. The HCP has been featured on 60 minutes, Vice, and has won several awards for their work.
I am not soliciting for donations at this time- this nonprofit was only incorporated a few months ago and we do not yet have 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Our application for this is in, but it is a process that can take from 3-18 months. Until we have that status, donations will not be tax-deductible.
However, The Himalayan Cataract Project does have 501(c)3 status, and is able to accept donations directly. I have been helping them set up the ability to accept crypto donations, and they will be able to accept BTC, ETH, and LTC.
DM me here or email at blockchainbenevolence for more information, or if you are interested in donating to the Himalayan Cataract Project! Remember, for your donation to be tax deductible for 2017's taxes, your donation has to be in before year-end.
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Episode 4 - AMA with Charles Hoskinson Nov 27, 2018

Q: The name of the company is changing to IOW?
A: We are going to leave the name IOHK, it’s a good name and a good brand. Logo is the same, the web site is gonna stay the same. So materially nothing physical will change about the company, just the legal axis of the company.
There was a series of regulatory and tax changes.
The tax Delta between operating abroad and operating domestically was so small that to us it made more sense to “onshore” meaningful components of our business
We'd like to start giving stock options to people and other incentive packages and so given that the dynamics of the business have changed in the regulatory environment has changed the tax environments has changed at this stage in our evolution as a company it makes sense for us to onshore and pull in to US.
Q: Can cryptocurrency feasibly outcompete existing mobile payment technology in Asia and Africa?
A: Yes and no. We already have got the great user experience, the issue is that this experience centralized and not private. That's why we have a Pan-African strategy with Cardano and that's what we focus on things like how do we get a million and half coffee farmers identified and things like how do we tokenize natural resources in Mongolia. And these types of things at the end of the day I think it's gonna be what drives adoption for these platforms.
Q: How do we grow the ecosystem to the point where we are no longer pegged to the price of Bitcoin and do you think it’s possible?
A: Bitcoin has absolutely nothing do with what we doing with Cardano and very little do with what Vitalik do with Ethereum etc.
There is structural reasons the marketplace for that. If you are trading of pairs with BTC and BTC goes down, it drugs anything down with that and also and also if that becomes the de facto pricing mechanism for everything. If Bitcoin loses its value even though relative to BTC you Satoshi’s value is the same - you Fiat value falls as whole market falls.
What will happen I think is when we have more sophisticated investments of financial instruments in the marketplace that the coupling will happen gradually over time. Other thing is we're gonna have a whole wave of instruments that are crypto like but will not be correlated with Bitcoin like security token for example.
Q: About advertisement for Cardano on TV and radio about Cardano’s benefits and how you would use advertisement to push Cardano forward?
A: I don’t think we will go on that road. The majority of our adoption efforts tend to be focused in the age category (18-30) and the easiest way of reaching them is to reach them through digital formats so you do that with Telegram groups, Facebook groups, you do that with podcasts like the intellectual dark web has a huge reach and so if you can intermingle with that you can end up getting millions of people and they also tend to be pretty proactive and you tend have a two-way conversation with these people so there's a different form of social engagement.
Q: About what countries in Africa IOHK is involved? Which countries is focusing and what projects are in which areas?
A: We have 52-country strategy for Africa. You have to have a balance of small to large. If you are looking to Ethiopia, for example, you have to have from 3 to 5 years time horizon probably to do anything significantly meaningful that’s going to generate revenue and large-scale adoption. In countries like Uganda Rwanda you’ll get a lot of opportunities to do things in horizon of 3 months to 6 months that are meaningful. It’s just gonna affect considerably smaller population. We are planning to do some pilots in the large countries and pilots in the small countries bearing through quickly and the larger countries basically gradually growing into meaningful adoption.
Q: How competitive do you think the Cardano is in the landscape of developing nations as opposed to other cryptocurrencies?
A: If you're gonna do business in developing countries it's about relationships it's not about technology the first thing you must do is establish credibility and relationships within the jurisdictions and basically prove that you're good actor and you want to do good things. We feel that you have to take projects systematically, methodically and you take think about whole puzzle, every piece of it. You can’t just do one or two and say - Okay, when we’ve done more than two let’s go encourage adoption. No, unless you have a pretty good story for all these things it’s not reasonable to see growth. That’s why I don’t worry too much about competitors. I just see a lot of noise right now in market place.
Q: What your childhood was like? Would be interesting to take a step back and to know about young Charles decided to study mathematics, this kind of stuff.
A: I tend not to get too much into my past but you know I grew up in Hawaii and I lived in this little town on the east side of Maui and I was a pretty precocious kid. I had a great childhood but that's a standard normal childhood that a lot of us have in life nothing special about me.
I think it's less meaningful where you came from and it's more meaningful when opportunities arrive in your life. What do you make of that chance? You get them. You know statistically you usually get one or two but basically more than that. And if you are clever you can put yourself into situations where you get a lot of them but just because you have those things doesn’t mean that you are automatically going to succeed. This is important to put yourself through some struggle, to have a lot of ups and downs, a lot of lumps and bumps and recognize great opportunities.
Q: What is Cardano’s “why” and what are some of the most difficult “how” problems?
A: If I wanted to summarize Cardano’s “why” , really what I wanna do is to build a financial operating system for those who don't have one. So “why” of Cardano is simply to try to offer a parallel step that is very different but interoperable with the legacy step of 21st century and propagate that step throughout developing world as the way that people can build something instead of top-down to the bottom up and it's a huge social experiment. The other “why” of Cardano is to say not only we can build financial operating system and get this to the developing world but then we can use the emergence of of this parallel economy as a great social experiment to see what happens when no one is in control and to see if you end up getting a better outcome than someone is in control.
In terms of the “how” that’s actually a lot easier because it’s just a matter of knowing first how to build good software and design good protocols.Everything you do you always have to think to yourself how do you avoid a cult of personality. And we must be vigilant to decentralize the execution of all the things we do whether that be the software development or the science, or the community management, or the use of funds all of these things have to come from a multi-modal, multi actor.
Q: How the ecosystem will evolve? What about other tokens on the settlement layer what role will be tokens play and kind of what is your vision for how this kind of size ecosystem will grow?
A: From a liability perspective and also just from a complexity perspective to separate these two and that's what we did conceptually with Cardano and the accounting lives in one layer that's SL it's the lower liability kind of looks like Bitcoin style layer and then the more complicated layers called CL and because we have them in layers you can actually have different philosophies and that's why we have the KVM and IELE and these types of things and we'll inevitably add more.
We created a way of making UTXO accounting and Ethereum style accounts interoperable with each other and we call that Chimeric Ledger's. Then we decided to extend the UTXO model so it has more capabilities so that you could actually use a smart contract language on top of so you have richer scripting now these two things together give you a very fertile environment for a multi asset ledger that actually has real good behaviors behind those assets whether it be a security token or ERC 20 style token or maybe a more sophisticated token and then add in Marlow in Plutus.
What Cardano is going to evolve to in 2019 and we're already starting to see a lot of these core components solidify this will have the extended UT EXO model, will have Chimeric Ledger's notion, sidechains, Ouroboros will be fully activated then we'll start wiring on NPC to he ledger and that NPC will allow you to do a lot of cool off chain things including up to decentralized exchange at some point and you'll be able to issue all kinds of cool assets on the system so our hope is eventually to have a multi asset system.
Q: Charles, after you're done with the Cardano Project in 2020 what are your plans for the future I know you've touched on it in the previous AMAs but has anything changed on your perspective?
1:04:19 A: My hope would be to take a step back and enjoy my ranch and basically looking to more agricultural and artistic endeavours. Although I really would like to still do some things in mathematics. I'm quite interested in Homotopy Type Theory
Q: With all flavours of Ouroboros coming out kinda what is in game?
I would like to add on this question
How do you decide which priorities you take? Which part of Ouroboros you will improve on next and how will these different versions of Ouroboros play together?
A: They are really three research phases for Ouroboros. The first phase was a theory phase which was saying - “Do we even understand what the hell we are trying to do?
The second phase of research is all about practicality and it's all about basically turning it into a production system in incumbent and hat also the stake pool research that we did and the incentives research we did out of Oxford.
But the third phase is all about getting to millions and billions of users and it's all about scalability so that’s the concept of “Can we make these systems scale as we gain more users?” So that requires better protocols and we’re starting to see the emergence of those things like parallel chains for example and the side chain research agenda and at some point those two things will converge and Ouroboros Hydra will be released now along the way you're gonna see all these other flavors of Ouroboros, like Ouroboros BFT or Ouroboros that specializes in privacy preservation and maybe Ouroboros Cronos.
Q: How hard is it to learn high school Haskel, Plutus or Marlowe for developers that are used to C++, C sharp, VB, Java? Do they need to be engineers to develop? Are they going to need to wait for a compiler to translate from Java, Solidity, C++ to Haskel, Plutus or Marlowe and how they can teach their team to develop with these new languages?
A: Well the whole point of the project is to use the tools you've know and love and not be forced to use tools that are exotic to you so IELE is all about saying if you're a Java developer be a Java developer and don't worry so much about Plutus or Haskell.
Q: Can the market cap of cryptocurrencies ever get so high and the liquidity so good that the interoperability between different layers is so fluid that speculative trading can basically disappear?
A: No. Next question.
Q: Do you think Cardano or maybe blockchains in general will ever have a place in “true voting system”? For example, elections?
A: When we are thinking about the voting system it's not necessarily just about picking particularly candidate it’s about an ability within any organization or institution to express your opinion safely. One of the magic of these blockchain systems is that they allow you to orchestrate very secure high fidelity elections that preserves privacy but still guarantee that the right members actually can participate and only the right members can participate. So yes I think voting systems are tremendously important and their development is vital for republic or democracy to function well. Or for us to make decisions well or to express ourselves well. I think that’s probably still makes blockchain the most valuable invention of the 21st century.
Q: Everyone is wondering with the crashing market. Is IOHK, EMURGO and the Cardano foundation are they solving, do they have enough money to continue operations?
A: We are doing reasonably well and comfortably well and the best days are definitely ahead of us.
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HODL alert #2: Stellar ATM, potential partnerships, news, volume increase...

Hello everyone! The future of Stellar is bright! Let's recap some important things we've seen recently.
On November 14th, Michael Dowling, the Group CTO and Chief Architect for Blockchain Financial Services at IBM, posted a tweet on Twitter that showed a successful deposit and withdraw of 2 Singapore dollars.
When depositing the money, it exchanged it into lumens. When he withdrew the money, it exchanged the money from lumens back into Singapore dollars. His tweet said "Oh, you wanna buy #xlm #lumens but with cash? These brilliant folks at @StellarOrg made it possible. The #xlm #atm. This opens liquidity between fiat and xlm!"
PARTNERSHIPS & POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS: It's by now well known that IBM and KlickEx partnered with Stellar. Here's some things to know:
According to: -- In an interview with Blue Star Capital PLC (LON:BLU) Chief Executive Officer Tony Fabrizi and SatoshiPay Founder Meinhard Benn, they discuss SatoshiPay’s new partner Stellar Development Foundation (SDF). Here are the main takeaways: Q1: We saw this morning an update from Blue Star Capital, the announcement sounds very positive. Meinhard, can you explain for us in simple terms what this achieves for SatoshiPay? A1: Yes, so at the very core we have ledger technologies and we used Bitcoin so far, Bitcoin isn’t really usable for our use case anymore, so we are now happy to have a stable, mature technology in Stellar that allows us to do fast settlements, it only takes about 5 seconds now for us to settle a payment. Q3: So, when can we expect to see some larger customers deploying the [Stellar] system? A3: On December 7th in Berlin and December 11th in London we will have launch events where we’ll introduce some content partnerships. Throughout 2018, we expect big brands to sign up with ongoing conversation but with bigger news organisations it always has long lead times. The Stellar grant will help a lot actually in convincing customers because they’re sort of a guaranteed income for them because with Stellar lumens that our users have need to be spent on something."
This means more people will be using Stellar!
According to: -- "Starting in 2018, all of SatoshiPay’s transactions are expected to be via the Stellar network. As part of its marketing program, SDF has pledged to credit the first 100,000 users creating a wallet through SatoshiPay with 500 Lumens each which have a current value of approximately 13 euros." This news looks AWESOME.
When I took a closer look at Michael Dowling's tweet about the Stellar ATM, I noticed on the two sheets of paper in the picture it says "NFT Mobile Money ATM Receipt." After some searching, I figured out there is a chance that Stellar will partner with NFT Consult, which is the leading human resources firm in East Africa, covering Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya. Check this link out: -- At 2:45, you can see the same exact receipt that was in Michael Dowling's tweet! I believe Stellar has a partnership with NFT Consult on the way and they will be using lumens! At 4:00, we actually see how the mobile banking will work! Stellar is accomplishing it's goals to "connect people, payment systems, and banks with a focus on a developing world."
On November 15th, Stellar tweeted: "Join us! We'll be @500Startups HQ tomorrow for our latest #SF @StellarOrg #Blockchain Meetup." -- A little glimpse into @500Startups twitter page and their bio says "500 Startups is a seed fund & a network of startup programs. Founded by PayPal & Google alums." There will be investors and creators there. Who know's what attention, investors, or news will come from this meeting.
According to: -- On November 15th, Brit Yonge, co-founder of (which supports global partner activities for the Stellar network), gave a presentation about at the Inclusive Blockchain Conference in Singapore. Hmmm could he have been attracting investors? Or talking about the Singapore dollar that Michael Dowling was converting into lumens with the Stellar ATM? ;)
According to: -- This post is called One Billion more Lumens Released by SDF... To Who? and was posted by c_meek. Basically, Stellar saw an increase of around 1 billion lumens over the past few days. On Nov. 12th the volume was 16,588,351,568, and Nov. 15th the volume jumped to 17,715,172,896 XLM. What caused this? User b1tcc said "It's from the Partnership Grant Program, expect a big announcement soon." I agree with him and here's why: According to the website I referenced earlier, SatoshiPay CEO Meinhard Benn said: "We are thrilled to be working with Stellar’s technology to deliver our updated product to market in what we believe is the fastest way possible. We expect the generous 50 million Lumen which Stellar is giving to be a significant help in growing our user and client base." Now we see a giveaway of 1 billion lumens. If they gave 50 million away to SatoshiPay, imagine the partnership that got around 1 billion lumens. It could be huge.
Last thing to remember. According to in 2014, "Stripe contributed $3M to help get the project [Stellar] going. In return, we received 2% of the stellars [lumens]." Remember that Stripe is a huge player in Stellar. They have approximately 2 billion lumens, which is worth around $60 million today. If Stripe decides to come out from hibernation and starts using and implementing lumens, it will change Stellar.
What are your thoughts about Stellar? What do you see in the future of Stellar? Any important news you want to share? Comment below.
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Starbucks pushes the way for Bitcoin adoption, the bullish day is coming?

Starbucks pushes the way for Bitcoin adoption, the bullish day is coming?
As shown on CoinAll exchange, Bitcoin price has nice pump during the last two weeks with large trading volume as well. It is reasonable to predict that lots of potential investors and fund are flowing to the cryptocurrency market.
There could be many reasons which stimulate this Bitcoin price pump, some people would say it is because of the trade affair between USA and China which increase the sense of avoiding risks, while the others believe Bakkt will launch Bitcoin future is the key reason. However, from my perspective, the main point for Bitcoin’s recent purge should be its maturation as an asset, and more financial experts and academics are deliberating about bitcoin, and traditional institutions are taking it more seriously.
Accept Bitcoin payment
Starbucks is one of the most mainstream companies to look into crypto, and it is finally confirmed that users can pay Bitcoin in U.S. branches. In 2018, Starbucks has announced itself as one of Bakkt’s key partners. Afterwards, this coffee giant also keeps partnership with Microsoft and Boston Consulting Group for blockchain technology. At that time, Starbucks released the press and confirmed that it will not only work with Bakkt to create the platform, but also accept cryptocurrency payments. However, as clarified from Starbucks, they are not accepting digital assets, but launch the conversion from Bitcoin to US dollars, which means finally Starbucks will get US dollars as payment.
But it has been good enough to let more people get aware of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency industry with Starbuck’s brand and influence, which in turn dramatically facilitates Bitcoin’s maturation to mainstream adaption. If more people know and like to use it, it means value increase based on Bitcon’s nature feature of limited issuance.
Blockchain technology adoption
In addition to the cyptocurrency, Starbucks also implements blockchain technology to track coffee production, which is called “bean to cup.” The Azure-powered blockchain system developed by Microsoft will purportedly allow customers to track the production of their coffee and allegedly provide coffee farmers from Rwanda, Colombia and Costa Rica with more financial independence. From this case, we can find how Starbucks likes this technology, and every day, there will be billions of people visiting this coffee giant to see Bitcoin as payment means somewhere, it will definitely increase Bitcoin’s brand awareness, and I believe Bitcoin and cryptocurrency will be the future mainstream in short time.
How do you think about Starbucks accepts Bitcoin payment? Welcome to share with us!
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[Wednesday, 20. March]

World News

German Politicians Call Trump's Ambassador A 'Brat' And 'Total Diplomatic Failure,' Demand Immediate Expulsion
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Man who tackled 'Eggboy' has outstanding warrant on charges relating to church incident
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Canada's oldest rape crisis centre stripped of city funding for refusing to accept trans women.
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All news, US and international.

Accused gunman in Christchurch terror attacks denied newspaper, television and radio access
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Police raid store in North Texas and remove all CBD related products
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More than half of Nowata County deputies resigned after refusing to open jail due to safety issues
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Doing just 10 min to 1 hour of leisure time physical activity such as dancing, walking, or gardening each week is associated with an 18 percent lower risk of death. All exercise, even the smallest, easiest amount, can have lasting benefits.
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Medical marijuana laws could be improving older Americans’ health and labor supply, according to a new study that examined older Americans’ well-being before and after medical marijuana laws were passed in their state, which found reductions in reported pain and increased hours worked.
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People care more about dogs than cats (they receive more vet care and premium foods) because of a sense of psychological ownership (the idea of control) as dogs are more controllable than cat, suggests a new study titled “Dogs have masters, cats have staff”, but not if the dog acts like a cat.
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Firefox now blocks auto playing audio and video
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EU regulators hit Google with €1.49 billion/US$1.7 billion fine for blocking ad rivals
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Kickstarter’s staff is unionizing
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Sadly, this is not the Onion.

Alligators were given ketamine and headphones to study dinosaur hearing
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20 Cops Disciplined For Eating Firefighters' Snacks
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Move over Bitcoin, criminals are using V-Bucks in Fortnite to launder money.
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Ask Reddit...

You can have $2,000,000, but your worst enemy gets $10,000,000. Would you accept it? Why or why not?
Redditors who own multiple pets: what’s the drama going on amongst them right now?
What's your "I met a celebrity but didn't let on that I knew who they were" story?


I hate oncall.
Be careful letting domains expire/go into "Grace" period on Namecheap!
About to break, crash, and burn

Microsoft SQL Server

How to remove duplicate values in one table, based off values in another table?
Insert last ID from other table
Help - combine statement outputs to a single temporary table


PSA: KB4489894 causing PowerShell Studio DPI Issues
Email Password Expire Notice Help
Probably making a stupid error but having trouble with string matching in an If statement.

Functional 3D Printing

Not too complex, but it's my first proper functional print (details in comments)
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Made in a hurry, but this little guy has kept our storm door shut since we moved in three years ago!
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Couldn't find socket.
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Data Is Beautiful

World population distribution by latitude and longitude - video [OC]
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[OC] Drug overdose death rates by state (2018 data)
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Commuting in Ireland [OC]
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Today I Learned (TIL)

TIL that of the 5000 or so species of mammals on the planet only female humans have permanent breasts.
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TIL When a poacher’s snare killed one of their own, two young gorillas teamed up to find and dismantle traps in their Rwandan forest home. They saw what they had to do, they did it then moved to dismantle next trap.
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TIL of Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris who helped over 500 Jews disguise themselves as Muslims by making the administrative staff grant them certificates of Muslim identity, which allowed them to avoid arrest and deportation.
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So many books, so little time

I just finished reading 'The Little Prince' (by Antoine de Saint-Exupery) and I have never found any book that has left such a deep impression upon me.
Reading is my addiction.
I posted in stephenking about my stolen book collection, and a stranger sent me a book to help me rebuild. The reading/SK community is amazing❤

OldSchoolCool: History's cool kids, looking fantastic

My grandmother in the first store she opened in 1957. She went on to 8 more supermarkets. She created a business that lasted 49 years.
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Scilla Gabel, Italian actress and Sophia Loren’s body double, 1957.
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I never knew my uncle because he died the year before I was born. I just learned they keep a picture of him at the headquarters of where he worked ski patrol. 1970s
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Too close for comfort
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This 747-sized Pingu for a Swissair promotional campaign.
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Iron Maiden! One of my favorite pics I’ve taken, at TUL 02/26/2016
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Reddit Pics

Resignation letter of Nowata County, Oklahoma sheriff Terry Barnett, after a judge ordered her to reopen an unsafe jail with near-lethal carbon monoxide and exposed wiring.
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I paint everyday for roughly 8 hours, because I am so god damn determined to make a career out of it. Here’s my latest. “Inevitable” oil on canvas
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Another trashtag challenge completed by the students in Nepal. 🇳🇵
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.gifs - funny, animated gifs for your viewing pleasure

Sophie Turner: LEGEND
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Guy realizes he's on a live news broadcast, starts dancing
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Cat short circuits from the cheese challenge
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A subreddit for cute and cuddly pictures

The correct way to wake up a dog
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When you finally decide enough is enough.
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Making use of the dog's fur.
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Top Business & startup events in #Africa you should know about this week 2019

Top Business & startup events in #Africa you should know about this week 2019

Starting us off this week’s biggest event is the African Tech Summit Kigali which kicks off on Wednesday (13 February) in the Rwandan capital.
Games are all the rage in Cape Town this week. Look out for the Gamification Workshop taking place in Woodstock on Tuesday (12 February). Another event in the city on Wednesday (13 February) will look at how game developers have secured clients and funding.
Those in Joburg who are curious about South Africa’s drone industry will want to check out AeroCon 2019 on Tuesday (12 February)
If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let me know in the comments below or Connect with me.
Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information

Cape Town

Fireside chat with The Lean Entrepreneur author Brant Cooper
Join Brant Cooper — the co-founder of Moves the Needle and The New York Times bestselling author of “The Lean Entrepreneur” — as he chats about leadership and innovation in entrepreneurship.
Date: 11 February, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Seedspace Cape Town, 8 Spin Street, Cape Town
Gamification Workshop
Do you want to get skilled in making an exciting value proposition to your client or customer with games and gamification?
Join this Gravity Ideas event to learn how organisations around the world are embracing behavioural science, and how games and gamification fit into this toolbox.
Date: 12 February, 9am to 12pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Cape Town
Lean Coffee
For those that work in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of with
Unlike other startup meetups, lean (startup) coffee has no set agenda or a line-up of speakers — instead the talks are centred around what you care about.
Date: 6 February, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Success with Serious Games
Join CiTi, Serious About Games and Bird Tracks to hear more about successful local games developed for education, training and financial services.
Learn how game developers have secured clients and funding, designed their games to achieve desired outcomes and reached new audiences with their products.
Date: 13 February, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Cape Town
LaunchLab Meetup with Brant Cooper: Be like a startup VC
Brant Cooper will address how leaders can learn to hold teams accountable, ask the right questions, determine non-return on investment (ROI) based startup metrics and help teams overcome obstacles.
Date: 13 February, 2pm to 4pm
Location: LaunchLab, Hamandshand Road, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
Free Cape Small Business Network hosts James van der Hoven (Vane Digital, Leaderless)
If you have an interest in ecommerce you’ll want to attend this talk by social entrepreneur and Vane Digital founder James van der Hoven.
Date: 13 February, 1pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
IoT Startup Festival
If you’re into the Internet of Things (IoT) this festival will help you discover the local IoT startup ecosystem and learn how to define a strong value proposition in the industry.
Date: 14 and 15 February, 8am to 3pm
Location: Workshop17 Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town


Silicon Durbs Innovation Session
This event will see five tech innovators with ideas for innovative ideas work with 20 people with tech and entrepreneurial skills work together to come up with tech ventures.
Date: 16 February, 10.30am to 2pm
Location: 12 Browns Road, Innovate Durban Offices, Durban


AeroCon 2019 Johannesburg
Aerocon is the place to be if you want to enter the drone industry in South Africa as a pilot or a service provider.
You will walk away from the event knowing exactly what it entails, and what it will cost to become a legally compliant drone pilot in South Africa.
Date: 12 February, 11am to 4pm
Location: Pirates Club, 25 Braeside Road, Johannesburg


Financial Fitness Introduction to Bitcoin Entrepreneurship
This event will help you learn how blockchain affects your industry, bitcoin mining, exchanges and other cryptocurrencies.
Date: 16 February, 2.30pm to 5pm
Location: Holiday Hotel, Next to Lex Plaza Building, Addis Ababa


Data Science Event
Join mSurvey lead data scientist Samuel Kamande as he chats about his journey in the data science industry, building teams, the future of the discipline and available opportunities.
Date: 11 February, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, ALX, Nairobi
EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition – Nairobi
The Nairobi edition of the EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch competition will see five or six local edtech startups pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, investors and industry leaders.
The winner, selected by these judges and the audience in attendance, will then receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to speak in front of more than 900 global thought leaders at the annual EdTechXEurope summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.
Date: 13 February, 6.30am to 8.30pm
Location: ALX, Nairobi Garage, 7th Floor, Ngong Road, Nairobi


RAW: Pitch Carousel
Learn how to pitch your business to anyone like a pro within three minutes.
Date: 14 February, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Dololo, 118 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek


EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition Dar es Salaam
Edtech incubator Injini in collaboration with Buni Hub will showcase five or six local startups who will be pitching to a panel of judges comprised of investors and industry leaders in the Dar es Salaam edition of the EdTechXAfrica competition.
The winner, selected by these judges and the audience in attendance, will then receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to speak in front of more than 900 global thought leaders at the annual EdTechXEurope summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.
Date: 11 February, 4pm to 6.30pm
Location: Buni Hub, Sayansi Building, COSTECH,Buni Hub, Dar es Salaam
Tourism Innovation Weekend
Want to build a tourism startup in three days? Tourism Innovation Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from conception to creation within days.
Join this event if you want to solve problems and fill gaps in the travel and tourism industry.
Date: 15 to 17 February, 6pm to 10pm
Location: NSSF Mafao House, Arusha


Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019
Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 will once again provide insights, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to drive growth in Africa.
Date: 13 to 15 February, 1pm to 5.30pm
Location: Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali
EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition Kigali
Don’t miss the chance to watch five or six Rwandan edtech startups pitch their solutions to a panel of judges.
The event winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to London where they will participate in the EdTechX Europe summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.
Date: 15 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: ALU, Kigali Heights, 2nd floor, KG 7 Avenue, Kigali
Will be posting article in a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa.

Kevin Okune - Focusing on African Tech ecosystem

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The Next Frontier: Why Frontier Technologies Are Important

The Next Frontier: Why Frontier Technologies Are Important

Ask a few dozen random people about the things they cannot live without and many will immediately respond, “my smartphone!” Who would have thought that an invention could scale so quickly and become an inseparable part of our daily lives? In just over 10 years the mainstream adoption of smartphones has increased to a point that many are solely reliant on their device for news, weather, social media, hotel or restaurant reservations, online shopping, playing a game, email, text, and yes, even making phone calls!

Needless to say, technology is making great advancements. Take for instance the development of the supercomputer IBM Watson, the accelerated interest in blockchain technology, and the increasing popularity of drones that have been the topic of many media news stories. As devices become smarter and technology advances, we see a shift taking place from a traditional economy to an automated economy. We are entering the automated revolution and frontier technologies are leading the way.

What Are Frontier Technologies?

Frontier technologies are basically technological advancements that have passed through the research and development (R&D) phase but have not yet been mass marketed nor adopted by the mainstream. Examples of frontier technologies include robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, machine learning, blockchain technology, drones, renewable energy, and augmented reality.

Another feature of frontier technologies is that they usually outpace the ability of regulators and policymakers to adapt and set specific standards for their particular industry. In some cases, especially where mainstream adoption is concerned, regulation can cause the advancement of an innovative technology to slow down.

Robotics and AI

The robotics and AI industries are accelerating at a rapid pace. Various projects have emerged that have already started to shift the perspective people have about robotics from being things of the future to real possibilities in the present. Take, for instance, the humanoid robot Sophia that was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia or the OhmniLabs telepresence robot that allows children to be present in classrooms when they are unable to attend in person. To be sure, robotics and AI will play a big part in the upcoming 4th industrial revolution. Estimates show that more than 50% of our jobs will be overtaken by automation and the time frame in which this will occur is slowly creeping up.

Machine Learning

A new frontier tech solution that has emerged from AI is machine learning. As a new field, machine learning is used to explore the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data sets. Uber and Lyft are already using algorithmic pricing, which dictates that people pay a certain price per ride depending on specific customer-related data.

Autonomous Vehicles

Driving a car is an inefficient way to move from point A to point B. Drivers need to constantly be aware of their surroundings and potentially dangerous situations. Each year on average 1.25 million people worldwide are killed while traveling from one place to another. At some point in the future, autonomous vehicles will replace traditional motorized vehicles and make traveling a lot safer.

The automotive industry is testing autonomous vehicles on roads in a number of cities. Recently, Toyota announced a $500 million investment in Uber’s autonomous car development department. BMW is working on developing a fully autonomous car. These are examples of big, traditional companies that are adapting to frontier tech.


When you hear about drones, you might only think about recreational commercial drones. But DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone company, does a ton of business; it is currently valued at $15 billion. Not bad for a company that was founded in 2016. Interestingly, drone development has the ability to help people in need. Drones can be instructed to help people perform medical care, they are ordered to deliver blood and vaccines near (remote) hospitals in Rwanda and drones can get emergency care packages, medicine, food, and water delivered to a specific disaster location.
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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain or distributed ledger technology has seen steady growth since 2008 when Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the world to the peer-to-peer electronic cash system called Bitcoin. Besides its countless decentralized use cases, such as streamlining a supply chain, building decentralized applications (Dapps), digital identity management, and peer-to-peer trading in the energy market, it can also be used in a centralized way. According to this Forbes article, there are currently more than 50 big corporations exploring the ability to adapt to blockchain technology.

Why Are Frontier Technologies Important?

A companion robot that supports elderly citizens, a Pinterest starting page that automatically shows photos that might interest you based on your personal user data, a glucose monitor that attaches to your smartphone, or a drone that delivers your online orders — these are just a few examples of innovative technologies that might impact our lives in a positive way.

By definition, frontier technologies are always at the forefront of innovation. These technologies have the ability to provide ground-breaking solutions that may be implemented later on a large scale and achieve worldwide mainstream adoption. Frontier technologies can contribute to increasing overall life expectancy and quality of life as we get older.They can provide large-scale solutions to real-world problems.

Corporate Interest in Tech Innovations

Google has been very active in acquiring small tech companies that focus on technologically savvy products. Those companies are absorbed by Google and the technology is further developed within the Google sphere. Besides Google, other companies like Apple (with the acquisition of AI device startup Silk Labs) are following the same path. Just look at the example of Toyota investing $500 million in Uber’s autonomous car service. These are two large corporations that will only become bigger. Not only will they become bigger, but they are also slowing down the industry’s development by keeping their resources and development to themselves. This will not benefit the technology industry. It will only benefit centralized entities.

The Case for Open Innovation in Frontier Technology

A solution to growing the technology industry with equal opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as, individual developers, is to provide them with the ability to participate in an open innovation platform where knowledge and resources will be shared and active development will be incentivized. At Kambria, we are creating an open innovation platform where developers, manufacturers, companies, and users will work together and share resources to accelerate frontier technologies. Kambria is a decentralized platform that is based on blockchain technology.

We developed Kambria with blockchain for several reasons:

Our innovations can remain open and available to humanity forever.
Contributions to Kambria will be transparent and immutable.
Attributions to contributors will be fair, transparent, and decentralized.
We are actively collaborating with worldwide universities to avoid waste in university research projects. At Kambria we aim to redefine and turbocharge the innovation process with the help of our contributing community members. Active participants will be rewarded with our native KAT tokens.

What is your vision for frontier technology? Let us know on our Telegram channel or join us on social media through one of the links below to become part of the project that accelerates this next revolution.

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Blockchain for human rights: interview with Elisaveta Vereshagina

Blockchain for human rights: interview with Elisaveta Vereshagina
"It is raining in Moscow, as we meet with one of the most daring human rights activists in Russia Elisaveta Vereshagina over a cup of coffee near the Tretyakov Gallery"
She fights for political prisoners (in particular, historian Dmitriev), arranges free lectures on human rights and stands for commemorating those repressed during the Communist era. She has also worked in one of the first Russian crypto media and held several meetups. How does one person manage all that? Call it a mystery.
We talked about crypto and blockchain from the point of view of a public activist, Telegram ban in Russia and much more.
Future Times: You graduated from the Faculty of International Relations.How did you get into the blockchain industry?
Elisaveta Vereshagina: I discovered crypto somewhere in 2013. My friends who worked in banking told me about it – they spoke about bitcoin with delight and excitement. This immediately caught my eye – not in the financial side of it, but in the idea of people are able to issue financial units without a third party or state permission. One day when my friends reposted my CV, and I was contacted by a man dissertating at Harvard. He asked if I spoke English, and said: “Come join us, we are a good crypto team working from Oxford, Bulgaria and Riga”.
I felt it would be difficult. I had some basic knowledge of the economics, as I had written a few analytical papers on finance before, but it hardly seemed enough at that time. Still, I accepted the challenge and immediately joined in.
What fascinated me from the very beginning was the social impact the cryptocurrencies could produce. For instance, crypto allowed people to care less about jurisdiction. Virtual currency can be used even where there are no banks at all. Take the example of Rwanda: most of its citizens are unbanked but they do have their mobile phones (it’s XXI century after all). Thus, digital currencies help them integrate into the economy. The same goes for migrants: people who can not register officially for some reason or another (usually not by their own fault but due to the states’ rigidity) are now able to transfer money to their families abroad in just a few seconds, thanks to the crypto wallets. This social aspect spoke to me.
Stepping into the blockchain media, I integrated into the Moscow blockchain community. I even prepared an analytical note for the Russian PM Medvedev on regulating blockchain and cryptocurrencies with my first editorial team back in 2015 [laughs].

Stepping into the crypto media, I soon became a part of the blockchain community (it was around 2015). And then, back in 2015, I prepared an analytical note for [Russian premier minister] Dmitry Medvedev on regulating blockchain and cryptocurrencies with my first editorial team.
FT: Did the Russian government at the time had any idea what it was?
EV: They did ask: “Is it allowed and used anywhere on Earth under a state law? Can it serve as a boon to the country, or should we ban it immediately?” They heard the song and got it wrong. Just as Durov joked after the Telegram ban: “Why not ban words? Words are often used by terrorists to communicate, they say.”
Marvelous, isn’t it?
FT: Continuing the Durov and the Telegram ban story… What do you think, are decentralized economy, cool IT projects & blockchain products possible in today’s authoritarian Russia?
EV: I’m trying to see everything from a different, non-state perspective.
No doubt that the information war is ongoing. What has been important to me is that global blockchain community has always remained more or less united. What I mean is that, unlike politicians or human rights activists, the crypto community has never been splited that much over the national issues. You know, blockchain enthusiasts have been working together even when their countries were at war or at the edge of war. Either the community is too pragmatic, or too idealistic…
FT: Probably now there are more pragmatic ones in the crypto community. Idealists are leaving.
EV: The things is, the whole concept was created by cyberpunks, people who originally advocated for a non-state structure. They stood for privacy meaning against wiretapping and lurking, trying to create a parallel universe with no violence and state arbitrariness. Cooperating with the like-minded regardless of their nationality, was a true honor for the gang. I actually subscribe to the idea of blockchain going in this “state-regardless” direction. However, it is hardly likely nowadays, as the technology is more and more used by states and corporations in their commercial and political interests.
In a 2015 interview, the head of SWIFT claimed that as soon as the technology skyrocketed, they would search for the ways to deal with it. The head of the Russian Investigative Committee put it differently: if bitcoin had not been banned, he said, the competitiveness of the ruble was likely to decrease. I believe he did not understand quite clearly what he was saying, neither did fellow officials, otherwise he would have been fired for questioning the compatibility of the national currency, which was quite obviously far from “patriotic”. Well, just a little bit [laughs].
Coming back to the “authoritarian Russia” of today. By 2018, the government has indeed taken quite a lot of tough measures, including the infamous ban of the Telegram messenger after its owners’ refusal to provide the security services with access to the users’ accounts. The very fact that special services officially demand access to every citizen’s correspondence is a direct violation of human rights law. That’s complete nonsense! But they believe they have a right to it. Just… Just “because they can.”
Thus, now it is purely impossible to predict how blockchain technology will develop in Russia. A few years ago, one ministry could advocate for crypto ban, while some other would praise it, suggesting to switch to blockchain literally each and every thing. A lot of people in our country have been fighting for crypto legalization because they believe it is about freedom, dignity, and progress. But now the window of freedom is narrowing.
FT: You were a part of one of the first Russian cryptomedia [Coinfox] legendary team. Tell us about the development aspect of this industry.
EV: Well, we launched our first meetups in early 2016. At the beginning, there were just a few people from the Moscow blockchain community, mostly, you know, “geeks” who did not know well how to communicate and were afraid of public speaking. They didn’t have it in them: the basic evangelist function.
A few months earlier, in Autumn 2015, we presented a wallet app at the Moscow Exhibition of Economic Achievements, and I met an American blockchain-evangelist whose values were close to mine. She came to crypto from charity and now was travelling the world speaking to people about blockchain. There is no such profession as “evangelist”, at least in Russia, so it usually sounds like we do nothing: just randomly chatting here and there. Though it is an important job, a job of the future, they call it, – to unify people online and help them meet offline, creating for them a space of shared goals and values, guiding the conversation.
FT: Recently, on your social media you posted about the option to transfer records (including the information about the burials) of those repressed during Stalin’s reign to blockchain. Is this possible? How do you see the use of blockchain for the “historical memory preservation” part of human rights?
EV: My friend and I recently discussed the issue of “the right to be forgotten”, that Google made possible by allowing user to delete any request. He said an interesting thing, as if it’s a step aside, just like George Orwell’s “1984” – you can edit information after the fact turning it in your favor. Blockchain prevents exactly that – you can not change anything. This is a great way to preserve memory. In this sense, blockchain is for the truth advocates.
Some time ago registering births on blockchain seemed strange to me, but now I get the point. Once a regime or any other force tries to erase all the information on a person from all the available sources (just like they did under the totalitarian rule, marking out the faces and, what we would now call “photoshopping”, the “undesirable” people away from articles and photographs), they simply can’t. Thanks to blockchain, it is impossible to “delete” a person from all historical records as if they were never born, just like it has been possible for decades in the totalitarian states.
And the information concerning repressions… This data often lacks proper verification. For instance, the 1950s KGB issued fake documents stating “your grandmother died of pneumonia in a camp in 1943”, while in reality she had been sentenced to death in the late 1930s.
All information was restored very haphazardly. Of course, except those cases, when someone famous was confirmed to have participated in anti-Soviet activities.

FT: Which part of this data has not been disclosed by the security services?
EV: Since it is classified, we can only suggest. But I believe the part is huge. Interestingly, the facts on repressions are not kept in such a great secrecy as the victims’ burial places. The KGB never said: “here are the mass graves, come and commemorate the people we’ve killed back in XX century.” The burial places are searched for by enthusiasts following locals stories, with babushkas saying “there is a strange forest surrounded by a fence, which was guarded by the military until the USSR collapsed, and no one knows exactly what the forest hides but everyone believes it’s a frightful place to go…”
But let’s return to blockchain: on the one hand, transferring data on burial places to a huge base where no information can be edited might lead to stuffing the database with fakes; on the other hand, we could track back the issue date of any chosen document, so it might be useful.
FT: It would rather be activists, researchers and historians experiment rather than the state one: sort of an archaeological blockchain, to track where all the graves were found and the state of the research. Is it possible to find people who can do this?
Elisaveta: Practice shows that there are IT people who don’t really want to go into details, but they do professional work, sometimes even for free. You can always try to find a blockchain activist who is ready to contribute.
FT: What development connected problems would you point out in the community?
EV: A lot of amateurs, especially when it comes to ICO. Everyone and their mother were opening startups. Only a few idealists were left and even they stayed pretty much silent.
I was once in a very well-known institute attending a startups presentation event, when I realized that none of them were socially oriented. Everyone just wants to get more money – and as a social activist, it saddens me.
FT: In general what ICO you could invest in yourself?
EV: I fell in love with one project I wanted to invest in – SolarDao. It was a solar panels market pioneer with ICO, where you were supposedly investing in their solar energy system. They did an amazing 50-page industry analytics – seriously interesting to read, you could see their professional work, they were well versed in this matter. Moreover, they really stuck out on ecological / futuristic terms because they offered real solutions.
FT: Solar energy sounds quite great. And what about the artificial intelligence? You had an article saying that artificial intelligence can solve police brutality problems by analyzing video recordings from police stations / detentions in automatic mode and detecting violations. Can you please elaborate?
EV: Yes, but again I came to the conclusion that technology is a tool and it can be used in a way to help people or spread total control over them. If the technology in question, for example, gets replicated, we’ll get an ideal tracking system – and the AI will be able to watch over you 24/7, just as at previous stage it would have controlled the police.
We have been talking for a long time – about the protection of human rights, the country and much more. As we spoke, the rain stopped, and the sky above Moscow is finally clear.

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