Category Archives: News

Goodbye Qusai!
At the end of 2018, our Blockchain developer, Qusai Jouda, left us to pursue independent projects. He work has been indispensable to the project, and his laughter and general good humor will be missed. Carolyn interviewed him in his last week of work about how he got into Blockchain, the FuturICT 2.0 dream, and Bitcoin…
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Watch our new explainer video about Finance 4.0 – Distributed Sustainability
We are excited to present to you our first official explainer video, focusing on our research node Finance 4.0. The short animated video covers real-world examples of how the Finance 4.0 platform would encourage people to make choices that are better for themselves and their communities, as well as others who might be impacted. Whether…
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Hot Off the Press: A New Publication on Decrypting Distributed Ledger Design
The year 2016 has witnessed more than 1000 distributed ledger (DL) and blockchain projects raising $600 billion in investments. Analyzing and comparing these innovations becomes a challenge, one that FuturICT 2.0 researchers, Mark C. Ballandies, Marcus M. Dapp, and Evangelos Pournaras, tackle in their recent paper ‘Decrypting Distributed Ledger Design - Taxonomy, Classification and Blockchain…
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FuturICT 2.0 General Assembly in Tallinn
The FuturICT 2.0 General Assembly (August 28, 2018) was an engaging and thought-provoking reflection on how to manage complex, global, socially interactive systems.  Over the course of two sessions, 12 presentations, and some pertinent questions, participants gained an invaluable insight into how emerging smart technologies can be used to address some of the most pressing issues…
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Climate City Olympics FAQ
Who is the Climate City Olympics for? Stakeholders of the Climate City Olympics include municipalities, academic institutions, local businesses, NGOs and citizens. We believe it is essential that decisions about urban development be made collectively, with representatives from diverse communities -- and we want this to be represented at the Climate City Olympics. How can…
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Why and how we are using blockchain for Finance 4.0
Blockchain technology: What is it all about? There is a wealth of reporting that tries to explain blockchain in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Some of the benefits of blockchain technology? It increases speed for certain transactions, it's resistant to censorship, it improves data accuracy, and it's transparent. Some of the trickier things involve scalability and regulation, and…
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Invitation: Climate City Olympics Initiative – Sept. 11, 2018
Every few months, the world adds a city the size of Singapore. And already today, cities account for three quarters of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cities will be the central actors in future climate change mitigation and adaptation. Given the digital revolution and the sustainability challenges, we now have to reinvent the way cities…
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The world’s largest academic blockchain hackathon just took place (and it was really fun)
Last week the next generation of minds in the world of blockchain & IoT technologies came together at ETH Zurich to attend the 2nd BIOTS. The week was jam-packed with hands-on coding classes, theoretical talks, a party, a hackathon, and, of course, lots of coffee (as well as tasty iced tea from Vivitz and organic…
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Impressions from Ethereum’s Developer conference devcon3
devcon3, the annual developers conference of the Ethereum Foundation has been taking place in Cancun (MX) last week. We attended to get first-hand updates about the state of the Ethereum platform and ecosystem and to learn more about recent developments and projects that would help us to design and build the Finance4.0 prototype. To see…
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Naomi Baron Lecture
On November 17th, at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Naomi Baron of the American University will give a Lecture on: Learning, Knowing and Remembering in a Digital World Digital tools such as the internet, search engines, and online navigation have put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Are these same tools impacting the way we…
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