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Tech Giants Take on Opioid Addiction with DLT

IBM has announced that it is now planning to use a blockchain-enabled health surveillance system in order to collect data on antibiotics and opioids prescriptions by doctors. Opioid prescription abuse is becoming a problem worldwide with figures showing that their illicit use has now overtaken heroin. Globally, prescription opioid pain relievers are now among the most commonly misused and abused …


38% of South Africans Polled Regret Missing Early Bitcoin Uptake

38% of South Africans Polled Regret Missing Early Bitcoin Uptake

A recent poll in South Africa on awareness and attitudes towards cryptocurrency has shown that 38% of respondents wished that they had invested in digital currency before, writes Cointelegraph. The poll was conducted by Pan-African financial services company Old Mutual Limited. The annual Savings and Investment Monitor survey for South Africa revealed that in general, South Africans were currently largely …


How Much Would Bitcoin’s Price Be If It Extinguished Fiat Currency?

How Much Would Bitcoin's Price Be If It Extinguished Fiat Currency?

An interesting thought experiment can be conducted in regards to what Bitcoin’s price would be if all fiat currency ceased to exist, and if all of that money were put into Bitcoin. This can be defined as Bitcoin’s extinguishing capacity. There are varying answers depending on what is defined as money, and money supply estimates for this article are taken …


Joshua Broggi: Woolf’s University Blockchain Education “Practical Rather Than Theoretical”

Joshua Broggi: Woolf University Blockchain Education "Practical Rather Than Theoretical"

There is a widespread scramble in the blockchain industry to apply the technology to almost any imaginable industry. Projects now seek to update existing standards, enhance efficiency or upgrade every known tool across a broad range of sectors, from finance and banking to music sharing and data privacy. While it’s not improbable that most industries could benefit from a blockchain …


Take a French Leave from Taxes, or How to Keep Your Cryptocurrency Safe from the Taxman

Take a French Leave from Taxes, or How to Keep Your Cryptocurrency Safe from the Taxman

When cryptocurrencies go through their periodic pumps, cryptocurrency investors are placed in a position of having to stop thinking so much about how to make more profit and start worrying more about how to protect their gains from the avaricious reach of the taxman. Depending on the laws in specific localities, and on the amount of trading an investor does, tax obligations …


Brazil University to Launch Bitcoin Masters Program

Brazil University to Launch Bitcoin Masters Program

Sao Paulo university Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) has announced that it is to offer a Masters Degree in Cryptofinance as part of its program in order to “prepare students for the coming era of digital currencies”. FGV’s new Masters’ program is a reflection of Brazil’s forward thinking approach to new developments in the financial global market. The university’s program officer, Ricardo …


IBM Looking at Blockchain Alternatives for Cloud Testing

IBM Looking at Blockchain Alternatives for Cloud Testing

IBM’s blockchain testing future A patent released this week describes how a test configuration using blockchain will provide a more secure testing infrastructure. In this method, miners allocated tasks will be paid in cryptocurrency on completion. A blockchain solution would reduce hardware requirements and maintenance while saving money for service providers and clients. Cloud testing is where cloud computing is used to …


Beyond Speculation: Where Bitcoin Derives Value From

Bitcoin Value

When Bitcoin appeared, not many people were ready to recognize the true value a decentralized solution to cash could bring. It took years until the technology was met with recognizable levels of adoption and its creator(s) vanished shortly after Bitcoin began receiving significant mentions from major media, but that’s another story. Bitcoin’s roots The vision Bitcoin created and the road …


Virtual Reality and Blockchain The New Matrix

Virtual Reality and Blockchain The New Matrix

What are virtual and augmented realities? Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented reality (AR) are two up-and-coming technologies that will be soon shaping the future. VR is a computer-generated, three-dimensional environment rendered to replicate an existing or imaginary place. Users are completely immersed in this cyberspace and as the technology evolves, it will no longer be limited to the primary senses of …


2008 to 2017: From Geeky Pipe Dream To Mainstream Adoption

While Bitcoin emerged in 2008, rising from the ruins of a global economic crisis, it isn’t actually the first cryptocurrency. From the admission of its creator(s), Bitcoin took inspiration from the early models of b-money and Bit Gold from the late 1990s, digital currencies that utilized cryptographic protocols. That’s not to say Bitcoin is wrongly seen as the father of …


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