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Four days trapped at sea with crypto's nouveau riche • Beakermag
Laurie Penny knows nothing about cryptocurrency, which is why she's the perfect person to go on an awful cruise in the Mediterranean:
<p>My editor tells me Ver is a notorious hulking ego-monster, but my first impression of him is that he is actually very shy. I don’t see him on the dance floors or partying in the poker room. Correlation does not equal causation, and for all I know the guy has been hip-deep in Ukrainian models somewhere offstage the whole time, but I suspect not. I suspect he has been doing what he normally does: having arguments on the internet.

Later on, he takes part in a heated, well-attended showdown debate with star bitcoin maximalist Jimmy Song on the relative merits of bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash—the Hatfield-McCoy feud of this self-contained culture. It’s billed as a genteel Lincoln-Douglas style exchange of views. It takes about 10 minutes to become a raging, cringeworthy shitshow. On stage, Ver gets angry and then flustered and petty, demanding to know whether his opponent has ever read Adam Smith cover to cover. It is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a live-action Twitter flamewar.

Ver loses the debate by any measure, partly because his brain is permanently set to spreadsheet mode, but mostly because he seems to have forgotten the iron law of performative debate, which also happens to apply to dating: The person who cares most always loses.

Eventually, Song storms off the stage, refusing to participate in what he calls “TMZ-style gotcha politics.” He is replaced by shirtless bitcoin analyst Tone Vays, who waves a water bottle and gamely tries to save the day. All of this is distressing. I get to ask a question.

“I came here to find out about the politics and vision of cryptocurrency,” I say, testing the mic, “so I’m wondering if you can both tell me why I should believe in it having seen what I’ve just seen.”

The question does not compute. Instead both Ver and Vays try to persuade me that their coin is the best to invest in.</p>
crypto  bitcoin  cruise  blockchain  culture 
yesterday by charlesarthur
UNICEF Innovation Fund announces its largest investment round yet | UNICEF Office of Innovation 
The Innovation Fund allows UNICEF to quickly assess, fund and grow open-source solutions that can improve children’s lives. Financial and technological support is available for companies that are using technology in innovative ways to improve the world.
unicef  startups  blockchain  vr  ar 
yesterday by WBedutech
Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin | November 2016 | Communications of the ACM
Also known as distributed ledger technology, blockchain is expected to revolutionize industry and commerce and drive economic change on a global scale because it is immutable, transparent, and redefines trust, enabling secure, fast, trustworthy, and transparent solutions that can be public or private. It could empower people in developing countries with recognized identity, asset ownership, and financial inclusion; and it could avert a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, support effective healthcare programs, improve supply chains and, perhaps, clean up unethical behavior in high-value businesses such as diamond trading.
blockchain  technology  business  publishing  research 
yesterday by basemaly
Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works
Enter blockchain-based platforms and programmable templates called smart contracts. Blockchain is a new technology platform, running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value — money, titles, and deeds, but also music, art, scientific discoveries, and other intellectual property — can be moved and stored securely and privately, where trust is established not by powerful intermediaries like movie studios, streaming services, banks, or other companies, but rather through mass collaboration and clever code.
blockchain  art  business  platform  research  publishing  music 
yesterday by basemaly
Blockchain Weekly Front Page: The Action in China – Daily Fintech
For more about the Front Page Weekly CXO Briefing, please click here. In September 2017, the Chinese government banned ICOs, and a year later it banned crypto entirely.
blockchain  weekly  front  p 
2 days ago by marshallk
Sum & Substance: KYC AML and Identity Verification
Financial services ask their clients and investors to use only real data and verify their identity with documents, following the KYC/AML requirements of the international regulators.

We save your time by simplifying and speeding up this process as much as possible. All we need is two or three minutes of your time and a couple of photos.
KYC  AML  Finance  Legal  cryptocurrency  blockchain  code 
2 days ago by activescott

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