• Could Blockchain Prevent the Internet of Vulnerable Things?

    The Internet of Things is coming. Unfortunately, connected devices have a variety of vulnerabilities and almost any smart device is a vulnerable device. Security issues include technical problems (outdated software, insecure data transmissions, etc.) and people problems (simple and default passwords, public Wi-Fi, etc.). As more devices connect to the internet and each other without proper security, the Internet of Things will quickly become the Internet of Vulnerable Things. With the Internet of Things being around the corner now, it is time to start securing connected devices. Especially,[...]

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    Blockchain Requires Industry Collaboration: The Launch of INATBA

    When the web was developed over 25 years ago, the technologies in place significantly lowered the cost of building a global company. Thanks to the internet, it has become possible to reach a large part of the global population simply from behind your computer. Those companies who first understood the power of the web, and managed to execute their vision correctly, are now the leading global monopolies we are so familiar with: we use Google for finding information, Facebook or WeChat for social activities, Amazon to shop and Apple for our hardware, etc. But times are changing since Satoshi [...]

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    The Organisation of Tomorrow – Available Soon!

    On March 18, 2019, I was notified by the University of Technology Sydney that I had officially completed my PhD (yay!). As a result, I now hold a PhD in management. During my PhD, I researched how emerging information technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence, challenge organisation design and strategic management, and bring the role of data in organising to the fore. Big data analytics empower consumers and employees, resulting in open strategy and a better understanding of the changing environment. Blockchain enables peer-to-peer collaboration and [...]

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    How Blockchain Will Change Organisation Design

    Organisations adopting blockchain technologies can be viewed as Human-Machine Networks (HMNs), where combinations of humans and machines interact with each other. The more an organisation moves towards a ‘Decentralised Autonomous Organisation’ (DAO) design, the more efficient and autonomous it will become. Ultimately, organisations can operate completely independently using a distributed ledger technology, a combination of smart contracts, connected devices, analytics and of course data. Within such futuristic organisation, interactions between stakeholders will be guided purely by [...]

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    Why AI Will Make Organisations More Humane

    The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data. This will require smart algorithms to make sense of all that data. AI will enable organisations to leverage data and embed smartness in every process and customer touchpoint. When you put smartness to work, it will empower your employees and customers and make your organisation more humane. When building the organisation of tomorrow, the first step is to datafy your organisation by collecting data at every process and customer touch point. The second step in the organisation of tomorrow is to distribute that data, either using [...]

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    Why Academic Research Should Be Freely Available to All

    This week, the University of California announced that they cancelled the Elsevier subscription for academic journals. Elsevier refused to lower their fees and make UC articles open access available. This is a significant move as the University of California is one of the biggest producers of academic articles – with 50.000 articles per year. However, for many, this move might not have been very relevant. Therefore, some background information is required. As I discussed earlier, the publication process of scientific papers is flawed. Commercial publishers such as Elsevier, [...]

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    To Save Innovation, We Need to Change Science

    Science's primary activity is discovery. It aims to explain how the world works and we can use that knowledge to change our world. To do so, over the centuries, the scientific method was developed, and it has proven its value. It helps us answer practical, but often important, questions. Answering these questions often lead to innovations that improve our world. Discovery is done through observation and what researchers discover is written down, which we call data. This data can reveal structure (describing an object numerically) or behaviour (written descriptions about an organism or [...]

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    Why Datafication is Key for the Organisation of Tomorrow

    Imagine, it is Friday afternoon, and after a long week at work, you and your colleagues decide to go to the bar to unwind and refresh with a nice cool glass of beer. You go to your favourite pub and upon reaching the bar order a few pints. However, instead of the bartender giving you your beloved beer, he hands you a plastic card and tells you that from now on, you can pour your own beer as much as you want and as often as you want. Of course, if you wish, the bartender can still serve you, but with the new system you can try any beer that you wish and have as little or as much as you want.[...]

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    How to Control AI that Becomes Too Advanced?

    Artificial Intelligence is rapidly becoming more advanced. One of the organisations working on AI is OpenAI; the not-for-profit artificial intelligence research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk. Last week, they produced a paper demonstrating the progress they have made on predictive text software. The AI that they developed, called GPT2, is so efficient in writing a text based on just a few lines of input, that OpenAI decided not to release the comprehensive research to the public. Out of fear of misuse of the tool. Already, GPT2 has been described as the text version of deep fakes. [...]

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    How Security Tokens Could Change Liquidity and Transform the World’s Economy

    Traditionally, assets such as real estate, collectables and art have been relatively illiquid. This means that the asset cannot be easily bought or sold in the market. If an investor wants to sell a $100 million building, it usually will take some time before the investor has the money, if there is a market for in the first place. On the other hand, a company’s stock is relatively liquid as it can be quite easily converted into cash. Cash is considered the standard for liquidity as it can be converted into another asset at any moment. Liquidity ratios are a measurement for how fast assets[...]

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