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First Quantum-Secured Blockchain Technology Tested

First Quantum-Secured Blockchain Technology Tested in Moscow...
Quantum computing is fascinating, but it's really early stages, so we don't know what it or where this technology will shape the space.  Will it be real quantum computing or a marketing hyped space ?  We all know half the AI space isn't even complicated machine learning algorithms. But the super quantum computers could make the blockchain cryptocurrency double spend philosophy null and void and irrelevant.  Brute force attacks are cost prohibitive with normal computers. But brute force with a quantum computer,  Still expensive , but possible.  And that's today. Just imagine.  Good start here in testing different strategies to combat this possibilities.

Decentralized internet...

What exactly is a decentralized internet of the future?      Decentralized. A decentralized world and internet.  Places or DAOs or a BitNation like "organization" are out in the wild wild decentralized global West now.However do most people know what any of this means ?  Some might.  Many don't.  Fewer even know it's happening already.  They just see Bitcoin or Ethereum as a money making investment opportunity.  That's good and bad for various reasons.      But is Ethereum really decentralized?
In one way it is. In another it is one very popular intelligent young 'founder' who seems to have the Steve Jobs and Elon Musk effect on Ethereum and the cryptocurrency space. What he says seems to be the one version of the truth.  And ConsenSys also seems  to be the one version of a company that builds out the real platform.  A lot of very smart and great individuals. But they also arent exactly decentralized.  Maybe it's a open source Redhat kind of play. I…

How will Blockchain Change the World ?

How will Blockchain Change the World ? Blockchain, bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Monero and the like are changing the world as we speak...

    However they also aren't exactly being used for much more than speculative investments. Or silk road like transactions. Or Ponzi scheme like ICOs. And why not when people can earn 100%, 200%, 900%  returns in such a short time.  It's a very interesting dynamic but it's only one piece of the 'blockchain' and cryptocurrency puzzle.   As they say it's like we are early stages of the 1993 internet but wth the 1998 Hype cycle.   The investment money is driving the hype, but the technology will change the future.  People just don't realize it yet. Most people don't even know what this is and the banks are so fearful they are trying to create their own private blockchain consortium.  

Cryptocurrencies as legal tender is the defacto Bitcoin and blockchain answer and use case.  It's a ledger. It's secure. I…

Cost benefit analysis of smart contracts.

"The aim of smart contracts is to deliver superior security than traditional legal contracts and to reduce the administrative and transactional costs involved in legal transactions. While smart contracts will most likely not universally replace traditional legal contracts in the near future, they can reduce the burden, time and complexity of writing new legal documents for each new transaction as smart contracts can automate this process to a large degree."Good read.

Mapping Algorithms are dumb sometimes

Using AI for predicting crimes and mapping directions  has serious flaws.    I can attest that Google Maps and Waze are really dumb sometimes. Even in 2017. Years ago MapQuest and Google maps would send you around and around or off a cliff or into an ocean or down a street that doesn't exist.  Its improved tremendously over the years , but still has serious flaws.     The past year I've done a lot of cross country traveling and half the time no phone signal and the downloaded maps suck.   But the routes are just stupid sometimes.  Send you down back roads.  Tell you to make a left turn on a 6 lane highway.  It's not a mistake either. It's really an option. But it's an option only an idiot would make.  And these maps do this all the time so it's not just some bug.      The other reality is as much as machine learning has been bragged about  , half these companies make their revenue off of selling their AI to fortune 1000 companies.  You know , many of the ones g…

Smart city iot more asia and india

Asia and India are pushing for and investing in Smart Cities and IOT while the USA is lagging behind.  Some of it is legacy infrastructure and city/state /fed politics. Other factors include the US is filled with a lot of marketing hype and little implementation.
We will see how it all plays out.  Smart Cities and IOT...The 4Cs are crucial. Collaboration

Driving across the country with a dog

Driving across the country in a 2014 VW Jetta that has 74k miles on it.  I have a few phone calls and meetings and a book to write so some stops are required. Plus Bennie will need his walks and breaks. I started in Orange County, but the route with bennie the dog and I will be as follows : San Diego to Salton Sea.  Short pit stop. Salton Sea to Phoenix.  Rest overnight.Phoenix to Albuquerque. Rest overnight.Albuquerque to Oklahoma City.  Rest overnight.  Oklahoma City to Memphis. Rest overnight. Memphis to Birmingham. Pit stop. Birmingham to Atlanta.  Finished.   Hooray. We will see how this all goes. 
It's 80 degrees and hot now so.  ------------_---------
(Google maps shared route is terrible
..See below )Shared route From (33.0236617,-117.0753169) to Atlanta via CA-78 E. 1 d 9 hr (2181 mi) 1 d 9 hr in current traffic 1. Head south toward Rancho Bernardo Rd 2. Turn right onto Rancho Bernardo Rd 3. Use the right 2 lanes to take the Interstate 15 N ramp 4. Merge onto I-1…

Scaling Blockchain by thinking like a biologist

Great line about scaling blockchain. I agree.  So maybe we should start working with biologists and chemists and strategize a way to design and scale blockchain in terms of independent distributed biological nodes. "Systems will never scale if you require global consensus for local actions by independent agents. For example, I should not have to know where every dollar in the economy is when I want to buy something from you"

Ripcord and Woz and Robotic Digitization

Woz invests in an interesting company called Ripcord.   They just received some funding from former Apple co-founder Woz.   Basically it's robotic process automation for digitizing actual papers and documents.  Great concept.

Get credits for Amazon Alexa skills

Get credit for building
Amazon Alexa Skills. I might have to try a combination of Jupyter Labs, Microservices and Amazon Alexa Skills.  Maybe this could do something useful for my startup or just a new cool skill to add to Alexa.  I will follow up later. 
Try it out.  Get Amazon Credit.

The complicated nature of confusing 5G Verizon is doing a 5G test pilot in these cities. 
Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC.What that actually means and how Verizon defines it are unknown.  But 5G is interesting and challenging and exciting.  And coming.

What are Smart Cities and how are they actually built?

This youtube webinar goes over what is and what isn't connected in Cambridge, so it's a good primer to what might be the future of smart cities.  The bigger question becomes how do SMBs connect to this ever expanding smart world?

Andrew Ng: Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity

Driving Digitization with Leading IoT Solutions | Jiang Wangcheng, Huawei

Dreaming of a connected Things kind of world with Analytics of Things on top of in

Analytics encompasses a few categories. At least it's been that way for quite some time now. We've all read about analytics based upon Descriptive, Diagnostic, Predictive and Prescriptive. But how does it relate to Analytics of things and the Internet of things?

     IoT & AoT is a new old world that's changing everything.  It's also aiming for a 5G and connected everything world.  An always on and connected smart world.  But is it really smart? And how is machine learning and analytics going to help improve our lives?  We don't really need more technology to automate our lives and steal our jobs and money.  That's not a connected world. That's a poverty stricken dystopian society.

   Descriptive analytics has been around for ages, even before machines and computers took over.  What we call Descriptive now was just Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing operational reporting a few years ago.   And before that it was really just standard report…