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    insideBIGDATA Guide to Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning
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    Artificial Intelligence is transforming the entire world of technology, but AI isn’t new. It has been around for decades, but AI technologies are only making headway now due to the proliferation of data and the investments being made in storage, compute and analytics technologies. Much of this progress is due to the ability of learning algorithms to spot patterns in larger and larger amounts of data. In this insideBIGDATA Guide to Artificial Intelligence, we provide an in depth look at AI and deep learning in terms of how it’s being used and what technological advances have made it possible.

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    Speaking at a 2016 AI conference in London, Microsoft’s Chief Envisioning Officer, Dave Coplin observed “This technology will change how we relate to technology. It will change how we relate to each other. I would argue that it will even change how we perceive what it means to be human.” Apparently, the best is still to come.

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    Global Quantum Computing Market to grow at a CAGR of 35.12% during the period 2017-2021
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    Bitcoin conference won’t let you pay with Bitcoin
    12 JAN 2018 Cryptocurrency, Cryptography
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    by Lisa Vaas

    Sure, as of Thursday, you could still get a last-minute ticket to attend next week’s North American Bitcoin Conference, to be held in Miami. That will be $1,000, if you please.

    But if you expect to pay with Bitcoin – or with any other cryptocurrency, for that matter – prepare to be bit-crushed. The conference organizers said on the event’s site that it’s just too slow and pricey to accept at the last minute.

    We have, and always will, accept cryptocurrencies for our conferences, up to fourteen days before the event. However, due to the manual inputting of data in our ticketing platforms when paid in cryptocurrencies, we decided to shut down bitcoin payments for last minute sales due to print deadlines.

    The organizers blamed “network congestion and manual processing” for the decision. In other words, the fees are painful, and network congestion is gumming everything up. They said that they hope next year brings “more unity in the community about scaling” and that “global adoption becomes reality.”

    As Bitcoin.com has reported and Redditors confirm, transaction fees have risen to $30-$60/per transaction at certain times of the day. The fees have skyrocketed from what was a few cents per transaction a few years back.

    Moe Levin, the conference organizer, told Bitcoin.com that the organizers are “scrambling” to get bitcoin cash or a digital asset with cheaper fees integrated into the ticketing system. At this point, ticket service operators like Eventbrite or others just haven’t managed to integrate cryptocurrencies yet, he said.

    We wish this was easier, but no ticketing options exist which can handle large volumes of ticket sales, and transaction fees on the Bitcoin blockchain exceed $30 at certain times of the day.

    The conference certainly isn’t the only merchant that’s been forced to rethink cryptocurrency payments.

    In December, the popular video game purchasing platform Steam announced that it would no longer accept bitcoin, also because of volatility and prohibitive fees.

    Then, last week, Microsoft temporarily stopped accepting cryptocurrencies as payment for online games and apps, citing the high fees and unpredictability. It had begun to accept cryptocurrency as payment back in 2014.

    Microsoft quickly reversed the decision to ban cryptocurrency payments from customers’ digital wallets though (a block which it had instituted twice in the past, in 2015 and 2016). The company told news.com.au on Wednesday that bitcoin was back on the table following its work to make sure customers could use cryptocurrency for smaller amounts:

    We’ve restored bitcoin as a payment option in our store after working with our provider to ensure lower bitcoin amounts would be redeemable by customers.
     
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    This Country Is Warning Against 'Risky and Inherently Speculative' Cryptocurrencies
    http://fortune.com/2018/01/13/indonesia-warns-against-cryptocurrency/

    "Bank Indonesia is taking a firm stance against cryptocurrencies as it urges all parties to refrain from owning, selling or trading the tokens.

    “Owning virtual currencies is very risky and inherently speculative,” the central bank said in a statement Saturday. The digital tokens “are prone to forming asset bubbles and tend to be used as method for money laundering and terrorism funding, so it has the potential to affect financial-system stability and harm the public.”

    The move highlights the challenge faced by regulators as they seek to manage potential risks from the global cryptocurrency mania while lacking the authority to prohibit its use. South Korea’s central bank banned employees from trading cryptocurrencies on the job last week, while China has outlined proposals to discourage bitcoin mining, the process by which the virtual currency enters circulation.

    Bank Indonesia’s statement follows its earlier ban on financial technology companies using cryptocurrencies for transactions in January, which doesn’t prohibit trading of the digital tokens itself. While the authority reiterates an existing ban on payment-system providers under its watch from processing transactions using digital currencies, PT Bitcoin Indonesia, a virtual-currency exchange that boasts more than 940,000 members, doesn’t fall under its supervision."

    Indonesia central bank warns over cryptocurrencies
    JANUARY 13, 2018 / 1:19 AM
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ank-warns-over-cryptocurrencies-idUSKBN1F20A7

    "JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s central bank has issued a fresh warning about trading in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin because of the risk of losses to the public and even a potential threat to the stability of the financial system.

    Bank Indonesia (BI) has previously said that cryptocurrencies were not recognized as a legal medium of exchange, so that they could not be used as a means of payment in Indonesia.

    “The ownership of virtual currencies is high risk and prone to speculation because there is no authority who takes responsibility, there is no official administrator and there is no underlying asset to be the basis for the price,” BI spokesman Agusman said in a statement issued late on Friday.

    He said that virtual currencies could also be used in money laundering and terrorism funding, and due to all these factors could have an impact on the stability of the financial system and causes losses for society.

    “(Cryptocurrency) is not a legal medium of exchange. We remind (people of) its risks. When the risks occur, the losses will be borne by the public. We are obliged to protect consumers and protect them from a bubble,” Agusman said by telephone on Saturday.

    Asked whether such statements from authorities could stir panic among those who had already invested in cryptocurrencies, he said: “They didn’t consult with us when buying....please help us make the people understand.”

    Indonesian authorities have been stepping up their warnings and last month BI issued a regulation banning use of cryptocurrencies by financial technology companies involved in payment systems, and said it is examining whether there’s a need to regulate trading on virtual currency exchanges.

    South Korean authorities this week sent global bitcoin prices temporarily plummeting and virtual coin markets into turmoil when the justice minister, Park Sang-ki, said regulators were preparing legislation to halt cryptocurrency trading.

    Prices later rebounded on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp, bitcoin BTC=BTSP to stand at $14,116 in latest trading after touching $12,800 this week.

    Bitcoin.co.id, an Indonesian online cryptocurrency exchange, said on its website that bitcoin was trading at 217.44 million rupiah ($16,288) per unit.

    Some Indonesian merchants, including an online babyware supplier, indicate on their websites that they accept payment in Bitcoin.

    ($1 = 13,350.0000 rupiah)"
     
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    KODAK and WENN Digital Partner to Launch Major Blockchain Initiative and Cryptocurrency
    Rochester, NY, Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    https://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/pr...ain_initiative_and_cryptocurrency/default.htm

    "KODAKOne platform and KODAKCoin cryptocurrency give photographers a new revenue stream and a secure platform for protecting their work"

    "Today Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership, announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.

    Utilizing blockchain technology, the KODAKOne platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. With KODAKCoin, participating photographers are invited to take part in a new economy for photography, receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale, and for both professional and amateur photographers, sell their work confidently on a secure blockchain platform. KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system. Where unlicensed usage of images is detected, the KODAKOne platform can efficiently manage the post-licensing process in order to reward photographers.

    “For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem,” said Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke. “Kodak has always sought to democratize photography and make licensing fair to artists. These technologies give the photography community an innovative and easy way to do just that.”

    “Engaging with a new platform, it is critical photographers know their work and their income is handled securely and with trust, which is exactly what we did with KODAKCoin,” said WENN Digital CEO Jan Denecke. “Subject to the highest standards of compliance, KODAKCoin is all about paying photographers fairly and giving them an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new economy tailored for them, with secure asset rights management built right in.”

    The initial coin offering will open on January 31, 2018 and is open to accredited investors from the U.S., UK, Canada and other select countries. For more information visit www.kodakcoin.com. This initial Coin Offering is issued under SEC guidelines as a security token under Regulation 506 (c) as an exempt offering.

    For more information and to sign up for product updates, please visit www.kodak.com/go/kodakone. "
     
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    How Food Scanners, Talking Vegetables & Blockchain Can Transform An Industry
    The food industry is in a sweet spot. Consumers are gravitating towards a food culture influenced by quality produce, health awareness and regulations. The demand for sustainable and ethical produce is compelling the industry to go back to basics. Science is replacing low-quality calories with nutritious alternatives, and creating cheese, seafood and meats from plant-based extracts. As technology disrupts food production, distributors need self-diagnostic quality control systems to ensure quality and safety.

    In 2015, the European Commission instituted The Horizon Prize for a portable food scanner. The winning non-invasive food scanner will use innovative technologies to analyze and disclose food composition, nutritional, and allergen information. It will encourage healthy eating by empowering people to exercise discretion at the point of purchase or consumption. Prototypes of shortlisted solutions are being developed. Once commercialized, this food safety device may upend the food industry.

    On the one hand, food and beverage enterprises should expand product categories to serve more segments of shoppers. On the other, they need to validate that fresh / ready-to-eat, cooked food is safe for consumption. Supply chain traceability solutions identify the source during outbreaks of food-borne diseases, but do not prevent contamination. A barcode that reveals the backstory of food does not offer complete traceability and transparency. Perhaps, the solution is in 'Talkable Vegetables' developed by Hakuhodo's Suda Lab and HACKist, a digital creative lab. On fetching a vegetable from the shelf, customers hear an audio message about the produce from the farmer who grew it. Insight into the field and farming procedures will inspire confidence among consumers and enhance reliability of perishable products.

    A digital ecosystem boosts distribution of fresh produce, which is intrinsically burdened by high variability as well as environmental and socio-economic costs. For example, sourcing managers procuring tea should ensure that the leaves were not plucked by children or dried using firewood. Blockchain technology can come to rescue. The day is not far when blockchain will be leveraged to address concerns of traceability in the supply chain. Imagine having all the stakeholders in the supply chain right from the farm to the end consumer participate in exchanging information using technologies like blockchain, Alexa, Google Home, Siri, Cortana and others. This goes way beyond the information consumers can get from the Talkable Vegetables in their kitchen or dining table.

    The future of the food industry will be shaped by a sustainable and traceable supply chain. Consumption of food will no longer be determined by fragrance, taste or appearance alone. Speaking of which, does the label on that cheese brand suggest that the goats, cows, buffaloes, or sheep were raised on a diet of organic fodder?


    IBM, Kroger, Walmart and others team up to improve food safety with blockchains
    IBM today announced that it is working with a consortium that includes Dole, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart to bring the benefit of blockchains to the food supply chain.

    IBM, just like most of its competitors in the public cloud computing space, has been working on various blockchain projects in the last few months.

    Given the complexity of the food supply chain from producer to consumer, blockchains could actually find a pretty interesting niche here because they would allow for more transparency and traceability (especially when things go wrong). The idea behind this project and the collaboration between these different companies is to figure out where exactly blockchains can benefit the food ecosystem.

    “Blockchain technology enables a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system — equivalent to shining a light on food ecosystem participants that will further promote responsible actions and behaviors,” writes Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s VP for food safety, in today’s announcement. “It also allows all participants to share information rapidly and with confidence across a strong trusted network.”


    Unsurprisingly, IBM’s Blockchain Platform will form the basis for much of this work. It supports the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Composer technologies for building blockchain-based applications.

    It’s interesting to see how a number of the large players are now working to bring blockchains to the enterprise. Earlier this month, for example, Microsoft launched a new project to make blockchains ready for the enterprise, too, for example. Earlier this year, an IBM study also found that a third of enterprises are now looking into how this technology can benefit their business.



     
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