What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common - Phil Zamani, Aergo, Blocko

October 31, 2018

Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source in Linux and blockchain technology, why blockchain consortiums might fail, why there are still few production systems live on blockchains, how non-software companies can go about getting started with pilot projects, what he learned from working with large corporations on blockchain projects in South Korea, why data needs to be shared to be most valuable, IOT pilots on blockchains, and much more.

Phil is the chairman of the AERGO Foundation and co-CEO at Blocko, Korea’s largest blockchain infrastructure provider. He has over twenty years of experience in managing open-source businesses and has worked as senior VP at Deutsche Telekom’s cloud business unit, VP of sales and business development at RedHat, and as Global Head of Big Data & cloud models at Banca Santander.

Phil Zamani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philzamani, https://twitter.com/ZamaniPhil

Aergo: https://www.aergo.io, https://twitter.com/aergo_io

Blocko: https://www.blocko.io, https://twitter.com/BlockoInc

Phil's article on parallels between Linux and blockchains: https://medium.com/aergo/drawing-a-parallel-between-linux-and-blockchain-160f79ca74e6 

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How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators - Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor

October 24, 2018

Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with po.et, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we're not in 1998 with blockchain technology but in 1968, why people don't yet use decentralized applications and why that is OK for the moment, the future of AR/VR and blockchains, how artists and creators can benefit in a new economy that digital scarcity and artificial intelligence make possible, lessons from the music industry in dealing with technology, why the positive impact of blockchain technology outweighs negative effects, and the most important skill in the future.

Eric is the author of the book “Programming JavaScript Applications”, published by O’Reilly, he is the co-founder of the software mentorship platform DevAnywhere.io, and VP of Engineering at po.et, a shared, open, universal ledger designed to record metadata and ownership information for digital creative assets. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more.

Eric Elliott: www.medium.com/@_ericelliottwww.github.com/ericelliottwww.twitter.com/_ericelliott 

Eric's JavaScript course: www.ericelliottjs.com 

DevAnywhere.io: www.devanywhere.io 

Eric's book “Programming JavaScript Applications”: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/programming-javascript-applications/9781491950289 

Po.et: www.po.etwww,blog.po.et, www.twitter.com/_poetproject 

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Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy - Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked

October 17, 2018

Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business", about the importance of blockchain literacy for executives, why blockchain communities need organizations on their side, how organizations can get started with blockchain technology, how to take blockchain ideas into the pilot stage with possible use cases, why companies will soon have competition from their own customers, how collaboration replaces the zero-sum game of many business models, how a token-infused sharing economy could create more value in the future, and the need for decentralization. Alison also speaks about conducting research for the book, her approach to writing and structuring the book, surprises and learnings when writing the book, risks of blockchains going to the dark side, why attention harvesting should stop, and much more.

Alison has a two-decades long strategy consulting career, where she advised technology-first startups and Fortune-500 companies, including PNC, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, First Data, and Verizon. She has been working with early stage teams in data science and analytics, machine learning, IoT, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence before turning her focus to the blockchain and cryptoasset space. Alison has a masters in sociology and organizational behavior from Stanford University, and she is the author of the book "Unblocked: How Blockchain Technology Will Change the Future", available in January 2019.

Alison McCauley: http://www.alisonmccauley.io, https://www.linkedin.com/in/unblocked/

Alison's book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business" (out in january 2019): http://www.unblockedfuture.com

Also discussed in this episode:

Alex "Sandy" Pentland et al.: "The new deal on data", http://civics.com/NewDealOnData/

Tim Wu's book "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires", https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8201080-the-master-switch

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The Antifragility of Cryptoassets - Alexander Bulkin, CoinFund

October 10, 2018

Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming tech companies, the antifragility of cryptoassets, cryptoeconomic primitives and the challenges with developing them, why you don't need one blockchain to achieve network effects, how blockchain technology could enable decentralized marketplaces, the drawbacks for crypto businesses in the United States, the power of communities, and much more.

Alexander is the co-Founder and Managing Director at CoinFund, and he is a multidisciplinary thinker with a special interest in social and technological innovation, bridging technological insight with social science and psychology. He has 13 years of experience in developing pricing, risk management, and high-frequency trading software at Goldman Sachs, and he is holding a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Alexander Bulkin: https://medium.com/@aleksandr.bulkinhttps://twitter.com/coinfund_al 

CoinFund: http://www.coinfund.io, https://www.twitter.com/coinfund_io 

Adapt Toolkt: http://www.adaptk.ithttps://twitter.com/adaptkit 

Nicholas Nassim Taleb's book "Antifragile": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13530973-antifragile 

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Trent McConaghy - “Hey Zuck, Let’s Tokenize Facebook!” How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming

October 3, 2018

Trent McConaghy speaks about creating a data economy with Ocean Protocol, token engineering and design, bringing artificial intelligence to the blockchain, how Facebook could tokenize itself to melt into the user community, why AI researchers often miss the most mundane solutions, how we're moving from nature 1.0 to nature 2.0, smart decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), how DAOs could provide universal basic income (UBI), Estonia's blockchain initiatives, token engineering, ethics in blockchain technology and engineering, creativity, Berlin as a blockchain hub, and much more.

Trent is the founder of the Ocean Protocol, a decentralized data exchange protocol to unlock data for artificial intelligence. He has a PhD in engineering, where he focused on machine creativity, and he also advises Estonia, Germany and other governments on strategies related to blockchain technology and AI.

Trent McConaghy: http://www.trent.st, http://www.twitter.com/trentmc0 

Ocean Protocol: http://www.oceanprotocol.com/, http://www.twitter.com/

Also mentioned in the episode:

Data.world: http://www.data.world

Daimler's Car2Go: http://www.daimler.com/products/services/mobility-services/car2go/

Nature 2.0: http://www.medium.com/@trentmc0/nature-2-0-27bdf8238071

Towards a Practice of Token Engineering: https://blog.oceanprotocol.com/towards-a-practice-of-token-engineering-b02feeeff7ca?gi=3e6ef6d6546f

Interview with Anish Mohammed: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/anish-mohammed

Room 77, Berlin: http://www.room77.de/

Ben Franklin's book "Poor Richard's Almanack": http://www.benjamin-franklin-history.org/poor-richards-almanac/

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