• Why the Crypto Winter is Good for Blockchain

    In April 2017, the total market cap of the cryptocurrency market was US$25 billion. Nine months later, on January 8, 2018, the market cap reached its highest point of US$813 billion. A staggering increase of 3252% in just nine months. However, one month later, as of February 6, 2018, the market cap dropped to US$308 billion. A drop of 62% in just one month. End of November 2018, the market dropped to US$ 122 billion, another drop of 60% since February 2018. Since then, it has sort of stabilised around this market cap. It is clear that we are in a crypto winter. For many investors in the [...]

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    2018 in Review: The Year of Transition is Over

    Last year, I called 2018 the Year of Transition because technological developments are accelerating, but they had not yet reached the state of full maturity. Indeed, artificial intelligence did leap forward, with Uber developing a new machine learning technique and AI beating humans in the game Dota 2. As I correctly predicted, the ICO hype came to a near standstill. Among others due to the crypto bear market and additional scrutiny from regulators such as the SEC. We saw a new approach to data ownership with the launch of Solid PODs by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Finally, we saw that quantum [...]

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    3 Reasons Why You Should Not Use Blockchain in Your Organisation

    For the past years, blockchain has been a huge buzzword. Especially after the crypto hype of 2017, organisations were convinced that they had to do something with blockchain. If only it was changing your company name to include blockchain in it. Although we have are in a bear crypto market, blockchain remains a buzzword. It reminds me of 5 or 6 years ago, when big data was the buzzword of the days. Back then, every organisation thought they had to do something with big data, but they had no idea. There was even a famous slide stating: “Big Data is like teenage sex; everyone talks about [...]

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    Why Blockchain is Quickly Becoming the Gold Standard for Supply Chains

    Global supply chains are complex processes. Different companies, with distinctive objectives, are working together to achieve a common goal; to bring something from A to B. For a supply chain to work, partners have to trust each other. To do so, there are multiple checks-and-balances, extensive documents and different checkpoints all interacting in a web of bureaucratic processes. Knowing the amount of paperwork required to send a product from farm to plate, it is remarkable that we have managed to develop global supply chains. However, the processes in place are time-consuming, expensive [...]

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    How to Improve the Customer Experience with the Intelligent Enterprise?

    If you take care of your customers, your customers will take care of your shareholders. It is that simple. To create value for your shareholders, you should focus on your customers. Offering your most important stakeholder what they need, when they need it. Unfortunately, many organisations fail to recognise the customer as their most important stakeholder. Thereby threatening the success of the organisation. There are multiple reasons why organisations fail to take care of their customers. One reason could be because the organisation is more focused on cost reduction instead of service [...]

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    Enterprise Blockchain Solutions: Seven Use Cases

    With the development of distributed ledger technology now ten years in the making, slowly enterprises are exploring the possibilities of blockchain as well. While most of the blockchain startups working on innovative solutions focus on public and/or permissionless blockchains, enterprises will predominantly use private and/or permissioned blockchains. The most important difference between a public and a private blockchain is that within a public blockchain, the actors involved in the network are not known, while in a private blockchain they are. As a result, within a public blockchain, [...]

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    Building the Decentralised Ecosystem – Who is Involved?

    Last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee revealed his new vision, one where the internet becomes decentralised again as he originally had envisioned it. His technology is called Solid POD and will allow every internet user to store their own data, be it video; articles; wearable tracking data or comments, and share that with anyone or any website that has connected to the Solid ecosystem. Using the Solid POD, the user will remain in full control over their own data and who has access to it and who not. A great new initiative that will hopefully bring us closer to a decentralised society where data is [...]

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    The 5P’s of a Self-Sovereign Identity

    Increasingly, big data is invading consumers’ lives. It affects consumers' privacy as the web has become such a centralised platform. When you have centralised organisations collecting so much consumer data and using it to offer personalised advertising to their users, it causes problems. As Jonathan Taplin discussed in his book Move Fast and Break Things, organisations that have access to so much data and use it to steer consumer behaviour could directly undermine our democracy. These centralised organisations do not forget or forgive. Since actions (i.e. data) speak louder than words, it [...]

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    Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World – Now Available!

    Last year, I was researching for my PhD, and I noticed that there was a lack of knowledge available on how Blockchain could be used for social good. Most of the information available related to Blockchain was either about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies or how the financial services industry could benefit from distributed ledger technology. This seemed strange to me, especially because Goldman Sachs already stated in 2015 that "Blockchain can change … well everything". That was when Dr Philippa Ryan and I set to work to fill this gap and investigate how Blockchain can be used to improve our [...]

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    Online Reputation: How Sesame Credit Changes the Concept of Privacy

    The internet has a problem. On the one hand, we have the ‘Western internet’ where everyone can do as they like, where you can be anonymous and say/do whatever you want, but where reputation and online trust is difficult. As the famous saying goes: “on the internet, nobody knows that you are a dog”. On the other hand, we have the ‘Chinese internet', where every action you do is recorded and contributes positively or negatively to your reputation. However, privacy is non-existent. None of these two internets is ideal, which is why we are working on a solution to make anonymity [...]

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