Daily bits March 20, 2017

I’m trying out something new here: a daily list of a few things (not just blockchain-related) that I found interesting during the day. Except that it probably won’t be daily because, as we all know, work and life sometimes get in the way. But a few times a week I can probably manage to scribble a few lines. Right? How hard can it be?

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This breathtaking image, taken by Masayasu Sakuma, was shortlisted for the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. (Via The Atlantic.)

by Masayasu Sakuma, via The Atlantic
by Masayasu Sakuma, via The Atlantic

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Something intriguing: the Bank of England’s fintech accelerator is working with Ripple on trials of a blockchain system for cross-border payments and settlement. Several banks are conducting cross-border trials. Central banks, this is the first. Will being a central bank give the BoE an edge in the race to production? Unlikely – in fact, it’s probably more of a hindrance, since the scrutiny will be higher and the need to be conservative more deeply ingrained.

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IBM has signed a deal with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group to bring more IBM Cloud services to China.

The potential is massive: IBM is a big player in cloud computing, Wanda is a big conglomerate, and China is a big, big market.

I wrote earlier today on IBM’s blockchain platform launch. In the middle of last year, IBM reorganized its blockchain unit, rolling it into its Industry Platforms division, which also covers AI and cloud computing.

So it’s not a stretch to assume that a strong push to offer more cloud services in China will also include a push to offer more blockchain-related services. IBM is already developing blockchains for a Chinese energy company, Walmart, China UnionPay among others. This could be huge.

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My article on CoinDesk: China, Blockchain & The Holy Grail of Marketplace Lending

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It seems that being the “Uber” of something doesn’t mean what it used to.

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In a week full of voice recognition technology-related news (what with Samsung unveiling Bixby and Alexa sneaking up on Siri on the iPhone), this article (on why the tech is not really useful yet) reminded me of this hilarious video:

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