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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: June 9 – 15, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: Blockchain/Bitcoin conferences planned across Europe  Moscow-based Smile-Expo is hosting a series of Blockchain & Bitcoin conferences across Europe this year, including a first-time event scheduled for Sept. 7 in Stockholm. During another conference held in May in Prague, attendees talked about how cryptocurrencies and other distributed ledger technologies are affecting business communication, labor markets and the power industry, among other sectors. Other events have also been held in Moscow and Tallinn, with additional cities also set to host conferences. Facebook says it’s tackling terrorist content with help of AI Facebook on June 15 described how it is using artificial intelligence to change how it prevents the appearance of radical accounts…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: June 2 – 8, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: MoneyConf draws 1,800-plus blockchain, fintech attendees  The MoneyConf fintech conference held in Madrid over three days this past week drew more than 1,800 attendees from 69 countries, as well as speakers including TransferWise co-founder and CEO Taavet Hinrikus, Blockchain co-founder and CEO Peter Smith and Bitcoin Foundation founding director Jon Matonis. Judges for the event’s PITCH startup competition chose France-based SESAMm, which develops big-data indicators for market finance, as the most exciting startup at MoneyConf. Visa adds more partners to IoT payment program Visa announced on June 7 that it had signed 13 new partners to its program designed to accelerate IoT payments. First announced last October, the token…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: May 26 – June 1

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: Singapore central bank publishes DLT report  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) this past week published a report on its “Project Ubin,” aimed at developing a prototype for interbank payments using distributed ledger technology. First announced last November, the project involves an MAS partnership with the DLT company R3 and a consortium of financial institutions that include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Prepared by Deloitte, the new report describes how Project Ubin places a tokenized form of the Singapore Dollar on a distributed ledger. Apple said to be developing AI processor Apple engineers are working to develop a processor designed specifically to…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: May 19 – 25, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: Kik chat provider launches Kin cryptocurrency  The provider of the chat app Kik on May 25 announced the launch of a new cryptocurrency called Kin that will “serve as a foundation for a decentralized ecosystem of digital services.” Kik plans to use Kin, which will be based on the Ethereum blockchain, as the transaction currency of choice for users of its app. It also plans to develop a Kin Rewards Engine that will offer incentives to adopt Kin and partner in the Kin ecosystem. Gridsum launches new AI engine: Gridsum Prophet China-based Gridsum Holding said on May 25 it had consolidated all of its artificial intelligence activities into a…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: May 12 – 18, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: SAP launches Cloud Platform Blockchain service SAP on May 16 announced the launch of a new SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service designed to help its customers create new applications and extensions using distributed ledger technology. The company also plans to roll out a co-innovation program in which clients can work with SAP to develop new blockchain solutions together. “By co-innovating with our customers, we strive to deliver tangible business value using distributed ledger technologies, ultimately unveiling the potential of blockchain in the enterprise sector,” SAP blockchain innovation manager Raimund Gross wrote in a news announcement. Google announces Google.ai and new machine learning chips Google this past week made a…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: May 5 – 11, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: PokitDok to use Sawtooth blockchain to record healthcare transactions The healthcare software development platform PokitDok announced on May 10 that it would use Hyperledger Sawtooth, the open-source blockchain project from the Linux Foundation and Intel, to support its DokChain offering for healthcare transaction recording. “In the healthcare sector, protecting patient data is paramount, as is sharply reducing blatant inefficiency, which is why we chose to work with Intel to do business on the blockchain,” said Ted Tanner Jr., co-founder and CTO of PokitDok. Microsoft unveils new AI and IoT offerings At its Build developer conference on May 10, Microsoft announced a number of new offerings incorporating artificial intelligence, including…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: April 28 – May 4, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain into processes Lockheed Martin announced in late April that Guardtime Federal will be a key partner to add cyber-security features to systems engineering processes, supply chain risk management and software development. In its news release, Lockheed Martin said it is “the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its developmental processes, enabling more efficient and assured offerings to the federal government.” Raspberry Pi offers AIY Projects kit for Google voice interactivity Raspberry Pi, the organization behind the single-board computer of the same name, is offering developers a new hardware kit from Google called AIY Projects. The free kit, which provides access…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: April 21-27, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: Spotify acquires Mediachain Labs for tracking music rights Music-streaming firm Spotify revealed on April 26 that it had acquired Mediachain Labs, which has built the blockchain-based Mediachain for tracking creative rights ownership in the music industry. Spotify did not provide financial details about the acquisition but said in a statement that “[t]he Mediachain team will join our New York City offices and help further Spotify’s journey towards a more fair, transparent and rewarding music industry for creators and rights owners.” AI will be ‘larger than all tech revolutions,’ VC CEO says In an April 26 interview with CNBC, Sinovation Ventures CEO Kai-Fu Lee said artificial intelligence will be “larger…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: April 14-20, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: EU to kick off blockchain observatory effort The European Commission on April 18 announced it plans to seek a service contract to set up an observatory and forum focused on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. With a two-year budget of €500,000, the observatory would provide an up-to-date overview of blockchain initiatives around the world, explore possible EU use cases, develop expertise on regulatory challenges and other issues, and “build and animate a platform for the European blockchain community.” IDC: Cognitive, AI spending expected to hit $12.5B in 2017 In a recent update, the analyst organization IDC predicted that global spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence systems will rise to…

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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: April 7-13, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week’s news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: IBM & Hejia launch blockchain platform for pharmaceutical sector IBM and China’s Sichuan Hejia Co. Ltd. on Tuesday launched a blockchain-based platform to provide financial services to the pharmaceutical industry. The Yijian Blockchain Technology Application System, which uses Hyperledger Fabric, is currently being used by Hejia, a pharmaceutical retailer, a hospital and a bank. Hejia plans to expand the platform, which is designed to verify transactions through the pharmaceutical supply chain and reduce credit risks, to more participants in July.. Amazon’s Bezos says businesses without AI risk decline In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday described how his company uses machine learning not only…

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