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Forking – the New ‘F’ Word in Blockchain

Forking seems to be an integral part of the Blockchain architecture. This is due to Blockchain’s decentralized nature ... Just as you can’t eat soup with a fork, you can’t deal with the soup of regulated securities with a forked chain, or more accurately, with a spoon that you don’t own or control, and which can splinter into a fork at any time.

Forking – the New ‘F’ Word in Blockchain

Job Loss From AI? There's More To Fear!

There's more to fear from AI than just job losses, traumatic as they may be. AI is set to challenge the very need for work. It will challenge psychology, motivation, social order, economic theory, and political rhetoric. It is sure to cause us to question the very reason for living!

Job Loss From AI - There's More To Fear

Intelligence Is The Red-Herring Of AI

One of the most contentious aspects of AI is the meaning of 'intelligence.' No one debates the meaning of the word 'strength,' or belittles the idea that machines can be stronger than humans, or even tries to re-define mechanical strength to mean some mysterious physico-spiritual capability that is unique to humans.

Intelligence Is The Red-Herring Of AI

Implications of the Delaware Blockchain Amendments

[First appeared in LinkedIn on April 25, 2019]

The Delaware Blockchain Amendments were an outcome of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative. The Amendments were introduced in the Delaware Senate Bill 69 and signed by the Governor on July 21, 2017. This landmark legislation allows Delaware corporations to maintain their stock ledgers on a blockchain.

Implications of the Delaware Blockchain Amendments

A Big Lesson from the Delaware Blockchain Amendments

As far as digital securities are concerned, putting transaction data off-chain can cause a host of problems, some of them technical, but many of them legal. Putting transactions off-chain questions the fundamental value proposition of a blockchain in the first place. Putting everything on-chain leads to performance issues. There has to be a way around this!

A Big Lesson from the Delaware Blockchain Amendments

The BatchOverflow Bug and How to Catch All Bugs

A description of the infamous batch overflow bug and why it's impossible to catch all bugs. Excursion into Ethereum, Russell's paradox, the type of club that Groucho Marx doesn't want to join, undecidability, and how all these are connected to the problem of finding all bugs.

Finding the bug

Science catches up to Kung Fu

Can Wi-Fi signals enable us to see through walls? Does Superman's xray vision actually use WiFi? Surprising new science eliminates barriers.

Science catches up to Kung Fu

Bringing up the Middle Market

The middle market is a vast, untapped ocean of mostly private companies with revenues in the range of $5M - $500M. These form almost half of the world GDP, yet they are unrecognized, technologically underserved, fragmented, and inefficient. The potential for blockchain and artificial intelligence to make a significant, positive impact is tremendous.

Middle Market Ecosystem

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, maybe it's an artificial duck

[First appeared in LinkedIn on July 30, 2017]

For several years leading up to 1950, there was considerable debate about what it means for computers to be intelligent and on the differences between human versus artificial intelligence. There was a lot of angst based on interpretations from theology, mathematics, consciousness, etc.

Quacking duck

AI Takes on the Law

[First appeared in LinkedIn on June 27, 2017]

The legal field is arguably one of the more difficult challenges to Artificial Intelligence, if not the most boring for most humans. AI is now tackling that challenge head on with a number of startups.

AI Takes on the Law