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. [...]

5 03, 2015

Malignant Differential Pricing at POS for foreigners

2016-11-16T10:46:29+00:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Against the tide, Mega Trends, Payments, Question of the day|Tags: , , , |

While traveling to Copenhagen yesterday I was presented by the POS-terminals the option to pay my taxis and restaurant bill at the airport in the locale Danish Krona or in [...]

19 02, 2015

“Collective learning” fits collaborability nicely

2016-11-16T10:46:30+00:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Adaptability, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Evolution, Human Abilities, Language, Mega Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

I have been very quiet as of late on my pet subject “collaborability”, unfortunately. The subject asks for a serious amount of prolonged and heightened concentration to get back into [...]

28 01, 2015

“Is there a real customer need for instant payments?”

2016-11-16T10:46:31+00:00January 28th, 2015|Categories: Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , |

Over the past few years one of the questions popping up regularly in conversations with clients and prospects at banks and processors all over Europe was: “is there a real [...]

7 01, 2015

From “occasional & intentional” to “continuous & passive” authentication

2016-11-16T10:46:31+00:00January 7th, 2015|Categories: Mega Trends, Technology|Tags: , , |

(Part VI in a series on Behavioral Biometrics) We can witness a strong surge in the ability of our tools and devices and the software powering them to authenticate a [...]

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

23 03, 2014

Technology, government and incongruous prophesies revisited

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Evolution, Human Abilities, Human Nature, Mega Trends, Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By clicking a link in a interesting article by Techcrunch I stumbled upon "Our Comrade The Electron" - Webstock Conference Talk by Maciej Ceglowski. Excellent presentation, intriguing narrative and great observations on our relation with technology.

11 03, 2014

„Is technology governing us or are we governing technology?”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 11th, 2014|Categories: Adaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Circumstances, Collaborability, Decision Making, Evolution, Homo Collaborans, Human Abilities, Mega Trends, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

„Is our political system capable of managing rapid technological change?” When pressed I would be tempted to answer the question with a resounding YES! for I see abundant evidence around me we have done so very successfully. Actually it is one of the core abilities we humans have to adapt to changing conditions.

6 03, 2014

Bitcoin futurology: incongruous prophesies

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Mega Trends, Sociology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you think in terms of “ the creation of a world of plenty” or “the disappearance of the middle class” in both scenarios the distribution of the wealth available will have to be dealt with politically.

25 02, 2014

Different Scalability in Different Circumstances

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Circumstances, Collaborability, Mega Trends, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our societies and economies are impacted heavily by technological change, they always have been. While some technologies - like the bitcoin protocol - allow for smaller economic actors to be relatively more economically viable then before other developments go in different directions.

25 02, 2014

“Will you see Ripple become a reality during your lifetime?”

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Business Development, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Question of the day, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Question of the day (III) Let’s be honest; if a long time senior payments professional asks the title question after you have spend an hour explaining the significance of the [...]

16 02, 2014

Bitcoin: It’s the platform, not the currency, stupid! – The Next Web

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 16th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Collaborability, Competition, Decision Making, Marketplaces, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

(1 minute reading time + 15+ minutes external article) As with Marc Andreessen's article "Why bitcoin matters" from three weeks ago I can recommend an other landmark article on crypto [...]

29 01, 2014

Why do we not stop Google while we still can?

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Externalities, Mega Trends, Society, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

(4 minutes reading time, Note by author: this is a highly opinionated post) Some weeks ago Google announced the acquisition of Nest. For those who do not know Nest and [...]

22 01, 2014

Why Bitcoin Matters – NYTimes.com

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Marketplaces, Payments, Society, Trends|Tags: , , |

Sometimes you are made aware of an article very worthwhile (Thank you Henk!). Marc Andreessen (from Andreessen Horowitz) has written a pretty balanced and informative piece on Bitcoin (BTC) via [...]

16 01, 2014

MintChip/Bitcoin: no processor role between payer and payee

2016-11-16T10:46:41+00:00January 16th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Society|Tags: , , , , , , |

(3 min. read) Yesterdays post dealt with MintChip, the new Canadian digital currency based on a secure element on a chip to make payments. The novelty of this scheme is [...]

24 06, 2013

Trading with the speed of light: is it desirable?

2016-11-16T10:46:42+00:00June 24th, 2013|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Decision Making, Externalities, Marketplaces, Mega Trends, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A regularly recurring theme at Red Planet Dust is the impact of IT-driven trends on decision-making and robosourcing, marketplaces and exchanges. "High Frequency Trading" is an exemplary example were technology [...]