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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation, Technology Peter WattsRichard Diffenthal

Truth is subtler than fiction

The evolution of science fiction into science fact has become so prevalent it no longer attracts remark.

Technologies that once lived only in the pages of futuristic novels or the flight deck of the USS Enterprise – like the universally connected mobile phone or DNA editing – already surround us. And, from the driverless car to delivery by drone, if … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Richard DiffenthalHelen McGowan

Top academic weighs in on Artificial Intelligence regulation

The buzz regarding the potential for artificial intelligence (“AI”) to revolutionise our lives is inescapable. Development of AI technology is a huge growth area, and investors are banking on an “AI boom” in everything from cybersecurity and healthcare. The capabilities and achievements of AI in some areas are certainly astonishing – self-driving cars are no longer theoretical but a reality, … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Winston MaxwellRichard DiffenthalLewis Cohen

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been siloed with access (or “permission”) to write and read information generally being restricted.

Blockchain is a new technology that flips the traditional model of a ledger upside … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Winston MaxwellRichard Diffenthal

Does blockchain’s trust architecture make dumb contracts smarter?

In a thought-provoking paper presented at this year’s TPRC Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, Internet scholar Kevin Werbach explains how the use of blockchain technology creates a new kind of trust architecture, which Werbach calls “trustless trust.”

Most existing trust relationships are based on a centralized “Leviathan” trust architecture where the state or another centralized authority … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Richard Diffenthal

Pulse: How Data Will Define Dealmaking for a Generation

With EY’s confirmation that growth in big data deals is running at an annual rate close to 30% coming hot on the heels of Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, the summer has seen intensification of the global dash-for-data. Underlining this increased emphasis on data-driven deals is the fact that data has firmly established itself as the primary commodity to … Continue Reading