“I think this is the biggest innovation in computer science in a generation. For the first time in history, people everywhere can trust each other and transact peer-to-peer,” he said. “And trust is not achieved by counterparties and middlemen — trust is achieved by cryptography, by collaboration and by some very clever code.”

“Talk to your CTO, CFO and CIO and see if they are working on this”

Source: Blockchain will disrupt the world of in-house counsel | Canadian Lawyer Mag, Jennifer Brown, October 17, 2017

Thanks, Anna!

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3. Legitimized Cryptocurrencies

By the year 2020, the banking industry will derive $1B of business value from the use of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies — When compared to the estimated $7.6 trillion that is the industry gross output of the world’s banking industry, $1 billion may not seem like much. However, the value is more about the tacit endorsement of cryptocurrency as a legitimate option by the banking industry. With the legalities of cryptocurrencies also being worked on and more than 900 cryptocurrencies on the market, the banking endorsement could open doors to other industries.

Source: From bots and AI to counterfeit reality and fake news, Gartner’s top predictions for 2018, Daryl Plummer, Gartner, October 17, 2017

Thanks, Laurent!

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(And anyone else still struggling to understand cryptocurrencies)

Don’t bet against crypto assets in the long-run: as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the Bitcoin paper it is clear that they aren’t going anywhere and that decentralized applications may very well find an important place alongside all the other forms of organization we have come to take for granted.

Source: A Letter to Jamie Dimon – Chain, Adam Ludwin, Chain, October 16, 2017

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Crypto-tokens are supercharging network effects by aligning incentives like never seen before. These “DApp” tokens are going to enable the next wave of business models, where micro-incentives and rewards will share the value that a business generates with their users. A business model where early token holders are rewarded for being early adopters, spreading the word, and spending the coin, where companies can change consumer behaviour through incentives. These features are opening business up to customers who were previously excluded, such as the underbanked.

Lastly, in a world of chaos, let’s not forget about “Hope”. Many of us are hoping for a better world. We’re willing to take risks and bet the farm in the face of all likelihood of failure. We do this because we know that it’s on us to make the world a better place for the next generation. With the same breath, we are finding that there are others out there with the same dream that have never been given the chance to participate in the changing world because of the previous boundaries of the financial system. That world is gone. This is the New Financial Revolution. It’s going to be a rough ride — it may look like it won’t work at some point. Some will give up. Those who persevere will be rewarded. We’re going to have to change everything — starting from regulations to the public utilities to government systems and even democracy. In the end it will be worth it. I “Hope”.

Source: The New Financial Revolution – A blog by Vinny Lingham, October 13, 2017

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Perhaps the platform’s most distinguishing characteristic, however, is that the project showcases how private and public blockchain technologies are increasingly being used in tandem. While IBM’s blockchain solutions are designed to complete much of the workflow around transaction clearing, the actual settlement will be conducted using Stellar’s blockchain.

“For the first time, blockchain is being used in production to facilitate cross-border payments in multiple integrated currency corridors,” Bell said.

Source: IBM’s Stellar Move: Tech Giant Uses Cryptocurrency in Cross-Border Payments – CoinDesk, Michael del Castillo, October 16, 2017

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The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde warned financial institutions that “we are about to see massive disruptions” as a result of cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technologies. The IMF head stressed the need for institutions and regulators to “adjust… to the impact of the combined breakthrough technologies that will impact markets.”

Source: Cryptocurrencies Expected to Cause “Massive Disruption” – IMF Managing Director

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When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest. There is no burden on those who proposed a new idea or technology to talk to customers, build minimal viable products, test hypotheses or understand the barriers to deployment. And they count on well-intentioned, smart people sitting in a committee to decide which ideas are worth pursuing.

Instead, what organizations need is a self-regulating, evidence-based innovation pipeline. Instead of having a committee vet ideas, they need a process that operates with speed and urgency, and that helps innovators and other stakeholders to curate and prioritize problems, ideas, and technologies.

Source: What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like | HBR, Steve Blank, Pete Newell, September 11, 2017

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Although concerns remain about the legitimacy of bitcoin, which JP Morgan (JP.N) Chief Executive Jamie Dimon described as a fraud earlier this month, the credibility of the blockchain technology itself has increased.

A growing number of senior bankers have said they believe it will eventually revolutionize the way payments are made across the industry, reducing complexity and costs of back-office processes.

Source: Exclusive: Royal Bank of Canada using blockchain for U.S./Canada payments – executive, Matt Scuffham, September 27, 2017 / 6:44 PM

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Equifax and others have shown the weakness of central databases in the hands of a single firm. Mutual distributed ledger systems have the potential to provide us with identity and activity management, even permitting us to make a market selling information about ourselves, taking control and cash back from companies like Equifax and Yahoo and giving it back to ourselves. There will certainly be mistakes along the way, but how can we truly object to reclaiming control of our most private property — our personal data?

Source: Blockchain Could Help Us Reclaim Control of Our Personal Data, Michael Mainelli, October 05, 2017

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