10 12, 2017

Deepmind’s AI blazes past world champion chess-playing program, Stockfish

2017-12-10T10:47:18+00:00December 10th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Below the surface, Mega Trends|

In just 4 hours Deepmind AI trained it self to play chess, without the use of any chess play libraries and was able to defeat the world champion chess-playing program, Stockfish. [...]

24 08, 2014

One of nature’s wonders right under my fingertips: Megachile Versicolor

2016-11-16T10:46:32+00:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Below the surface, Evolution|Tags: , |

While inspecting the roof of our country cottage barn preparing to replace the barge-boards I noticed some severe dry rot at the top. As I liked the perspective I took a picture. I did not realise at the time that I literal had a surprise waiting under my fingertips!

3 06, 2014

A great talk on the development of the commercial internet

2016-11-16T10:46:32+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Externalities, Interdependency, Mega Trends, Society|Tags: , , , , , |

Various themes are combined by Maciej Ceglowski into a thoughtful, though bleak, talk on the development of the commercial internet: "The Internet with a human face" delivered at the Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference

3 06, 2013

Bitcoins’ anarchistic character will be pounded into line by real world regulations

2016-11-16T10:46:44+00:00June 3rd, 2013|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaborability, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments, Popular, Trends, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Finextra: Bitcoin exchange MT. Gox introduces account verification: In a statement on its Web site about the new verification system, MT. Gox says: "The Bitcoin market continues to evolve, as [...]

26 04, 2013

Download Paper “Bitcoin’s legacy and the crypto-currency promise”

2016-11-16T10:46:48+00:00April 26th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaboration Mechanisms, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments|Tags: , , , , , |

Now, with the media hype about bitcoin residing a little over the last two weeks it is time to get into the reflective mode. Today Leika Consult releases the first [...]

25 04, 2013

Money as Mechanism for Implicit Collaborability

2016-11-16T10:46:48+00:00April 25th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaborability, Opinion, Payments, Standardisation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

(This is part 6 of a series of posts that will be bundled in apaper on crypto-currencies at Red Planet Dust. See for Part 1) We need to understand our [...]

19 04, 2013

Will the SEPA payments network become a distributed network ever?

2016-11-16T10:46:49+00:00April 19th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Opinion, Payments, SEPA, Standardisation, Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday, I attended a conference of EACHA, the European Association of Automatic Clearing Houses (in SEPA parlance CSM’s: Clearing and Settlement Mechanisms) in Berlin. This is a group of payments [...]

14 04, 2013

From Barter Trade to Bitcoin in 5 Logical Steps

2016-11-16T10:46:49+00:00April 14th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaboration Mechanisms, Marketplaces, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments, Popular, Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What we today perceive as money is the result of thousands of years of evolution. And looking at history, why we would be the “lucky guys” to live in the [...]

14 04, 2013

Regarding The Use of Trust in “The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency”

2016-11-16T10:46:49+00:00April 14th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaboration Mechanisms, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The article of Felix Salmon ”The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency” triggered me to write a series of posts on Crypto-currency at Red Planet Dust (see part 1). [...]

13 04, 2013

Your Behaviour will Haunt You in Big Data Driven Job Application Assesments

2016-11-16T10:46:49+00:00April 13th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Collaboration Mechanisms, Decision Making, Micro Collaboration, My take on humans, Opinion, Trends, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , |

Big data will push out human factor more and more in decision-making. An interesting quote from the economist article "How might your choice of browser affect your job prospects?" underlines [...]

12 04, 2013

Trust in an Inter-connected World

2016-11-16T10:46:50+00:00April 12th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaboration Mechanisms, Decision Making, Marketplaces, Micro Collaboration, My take on humans, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments, Popular, Standardisation, Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

(This is part 3 of an article on crypto-currencies at Red Planet Dust. See for Part 1, Part 2) Human collaboration is based on trust. We do not have a [...]

10 04, 2013

What is Digital Currency?

2016-11-16T10:46:50+00:00April 10th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Bitcoin, Collaboration Mechanisms, Electronic Wallet, Micro Collaboration, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(This is part 2 of an article on crypto-currencies at Red Planet Dust. See for Part 1) Many call Bitcoin “digital money” but not all types of digital money are [...]

4 04, 2013

SEPA: a Missed Opportunity for True Payments Standardisation

2016-11-16T10:46:50+00:00April 4th, 2013|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Collaboration Mechanisms, Payments, SEPA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With February 2014 looming around the corner and many companies scrambling to get their act together to implement SEPA in time it might be regarded as to early to start [...]

31 03, 2013

Payments should be about democratisation not commercialisation of the internet

2016-11-16T10:46:50+00:00March 31st, 2013|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Bitcoin, Next Payments, Opinion, Payments, Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Payments are about the logistics to transfer money (value) from one to an other. Governments have long tried to control the mechanisms to pay as payments are an important part [...]

28 03, 2013

Internet is changing the Nature of Man

2016-11-16T10:46:51+00:00March 28th, 2013|Categories: Below the surface, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Decision Making, Micro Collaboration, My take on humans|Tags: , , , , , |

In an earlier post I stated that we are changing due to the effects of placing our memory outside of our brains (aka “exomemory”) and suggested that is even taking [...]