Blockchain

How blockchain technology can help improve everyday life

At Interac Corp., a leading provider of payment services in Canada, we’ve discovered that blockchain for business can improve everyday life. Consider that blockchain’s promise lies in its ability to weave together networks of previously independent people, organizations and industries to create new value chains. These can help to transform business models, deliver new customer […]

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How blockchain helps spark innovation for energy grids

Electric utilities are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime business model transformation. To capitalize on energy technologies that give customers new choices and change the structure of the electrical grid, utilities must adapt to a new reality. We at Alectra Utilities Corp., a utility serving one million homes and businesses outside of Toronto in Ontario, […]

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Why ANZ bank is optimistic about blockchain technology

With so much hype surrounding blockchain, we at ANZ bank have been keen to develop practical and deliverable use cases. We’re optimistic about one that applies distributed ledger technology to digitize financial guarantees between landlords and tenants in commercial property leasing. Working in a modest consortium with Westpac bank, shopping center operator Scentre Group and […]

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How high-tech blockchain is helping boost global trade

A trade fan speaks In the realm of banking, I’m what you’d call a “trade person.” I don’t just mean it in the literal sense—my job: Global Co-head of Trade and Working Capital for the UniCredit Group —I mean it on a deeper, personal level. We “trade people” share a passionate belief that, in the […]

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How to build trust in AI with blockchain technology

Machine learning and AI are all about data. We give AI-powered systems massive amounts of data to ingest and analyze, and then we trust the results. But I want to know how we can ensure the integrity of those systems, from the algorithms to the data sources. Solving the AI data-integrity issue I believe the […]

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Smart Dubai aims to boost happiness with technology

I live and work in Dubai—a cosmopolitan city with a proclivity for superlatives. It boasts the tallest building in the world. It is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, known for its impressive skyline studded with ultramodern architecture and luxury shopping. And it is one of the most popular destinations for global travelers. But […]

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Can travel be revolutionized with blockchain technology?

Twenty-five or 30 years ago, traveling from one end of Germany to the other meant paper tickets and separate fares. For example, you had to buy one ticket for the train at the station, then a metro ticket to ride the U-Bahn subway in the city and finally you had to pay the fare to […]

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High-tech blockchain paves the way for cars to pay

Self-driving cars are the future of transportation. That much is certain. But what’s not certain is how the surrounding infrastructure—roads, charging stations, parking lots, insurance, etc.—will adapt. When a driverless vehicle needs to recharge its battery, use a toll road or park, who will pay? And how will the transaction occur? These are the kinds […]

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How to succeed as an AI and blockchain startup

If you haven’t met Sia, perhaps you should get to know her. Sia is a digital AI assistant who helps make sense of the deluge of unstructured data. My company, Opentopic, a 25-employee startup, developed Sia for people who work in the financial services industry. Powered by IBM Watson and blockchain, purple-haired Sia won’t tell […]

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