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    “Well-considered integration of technology is important during this phase”

    Now that the development of artificial intelligence and robotics is being called the fourth industrial revolution with increasing frequency, program leader Rudolf Müller concludes that the responsible integration of technology in society should be a priority. A list of his observations. Observation 1: the “big train” of substantial investments in…

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    Livestream throw back, look back

    In December we had two presentations on Blockchain. If you missed these sessions; you can look back here! Tune in and enjoy. Live Contracts Note: LegalThings One also presented during the Consortium blockchain meeting of Dec 1. We can ask for a more in-depth demo. Nonetheless, these presentations will have…

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    About lightning network

    Hi Blockchain-gang,   I would like to share with you what I have learned about Lightning Network recently. I would like to share with you what I have learned about Lightning Network recently. Also see internet discussions about those. My sketch below shows an example Lightning Network. Lightning Network is the combination of…

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    Why a better future starts with letting go

    True innovation starts with letting go. Letting go of how we think: shifting from a focus on capitalism to one on social relevance, from centralization to decentralization. And most of all, from preservation to experimentation. This is the theory of self-proclaimed troublemaker Vincent Meens, whose responsibility it is to boost…

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    Column: Artificial intelligence and talent determine our future

    Worries have been mounting in the world of investors about the records being made on international financial markets. Concerned about a stock market bubble on the verge of bursting, these investors are looking for the signs that would point in this direction. Analysts have yet to see any however, and…

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    The algorithm of innovation

    While the European Commission formulates a strategy for the use of artificial intelligence and is studying the complex issues related to this field, professor Tuomas Sandholm emphasizes the importance of investing in artificial intelligence. He believes there are considerable opportunities for growth, and countries that invest in the technology now…

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    “Investing in artificial intelligence is also a good strategy for smaller countries” says Prof. Sandholm

    Investing in artificial intelligence is a “fantastic strategy” for countries, even smaller ones such as the Netherlands, according to Professor Tuomas Sandholm who achieved global fame with Libratus, the first artificial intelligence program that beat four of the world’s best poker players in a game of no-limit Texas Hold’em. “The…

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    Lesson 1: Anatomy of the blockchain

    Anatomy of the blockchain: Technical fundamentals of blockchain technology with Christopher Georgen. Chris is head of strategy and financial engineering with fintech startup Topl, a blockchain-based platform for transparent impact investing in developing countries. Originally from the US, Chris obtained degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During his time…

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    From blockchain obsession to start-up Saga: Matthew Neary is a pioneer in education and organizational forms

    From blockchain obsession to start-up Saga: Matthew Neary is a pioneer in education and organizational forms Since “people eager to learn shouldn’t be limited by their wallets”, Matthew Neary and Eric Boby aim to launch a new peer-to-peer educational platform with their company Saga that will change this. This platform…

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    Startup platform awarded €50,000 by European Commission

    Peer to peer learning platform awarded €50,000 by European Commission Digital visionary SAGA selected as a winner in European Social Innovation Competition ‘Equality Rebooted’ addressing inequality in Europe.  SAGA has been announced as one of three winners in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition. Selected from a total of nearly…

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    Hack4SmartServices Hackathon popular with international students

    Over 60 students, young professionals and experts from the Netherlands and abroad take part in the  Inspirational Event, the official kick-off for the Hack4SmartServices’Hackathon to be held on November 24, 25 and 26. Last night, the inspirational event was held for the hackathon that will take place during the weekend…

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    On October 26, Techruption started its own Techruption Consortium Blockchain experiment.  

    The Techruption Consortium Blockchain is a permissioned blockchain based on Quorum technology and currently has six nodes for KPN, Rabobank, APG, Accenture, TNO and Brightlands Smart Services Campus. The goal of this blockchain is to acquire knowledge of and experience with settings up and running a collective blockchain. After all, sooner…

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    Why the Bitcoin bubble will never pop

    At least, not anywhere in the near future. Yes, this might sound controversial. And yes, there are good sources explaining why Bitcoin is a bubble and how it has to pop. But I’d like to challenge this. Not to say that you should invest all your money in Bitcoin (I’d like…

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    Call centers invest in virtual assistant

    A virtual senior agent who supports call center staff with the aid of artificial intelligence. In studying the use case on this topic, research associate Mark Pluymaekers sees various types of challenges in this area, two of which are the use of dialects and privacy. At least eight variables play…

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    Finding answers to the “big hairy problems”

    Frans van Ette is affiliated with the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, one of Techruption’s partners. The developments in blockchain are progressing at a rapid pace, resulting in many questions on the part of the government and business community. Frans tells us how he is trying to bring order to this new…

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    How a drop-out got off to a running start

    Jeroen Merks, self-anointed “Bitcoin King of the Tweakers”, may be found at Techruption on an almost daily basis. The road to Techruption was a rocky one. After winning a Hackathon, he abruptly dropped out of his Bio-Informatics study program to move to Heerlen. He has been working at the Brightlands…

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    Rabobank and Techruption collaborate on pioneering blockchain applications

    Rabobank Nederland is joining the Techruption initiative at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. The bank wants to be a trendsetter in the application of blockchain for its customers, and views Techruption as an interesting development partner to reinforce its ambitions. Techruption is the first field lab in the…

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    Minister Dijsselbloem visits the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen

    On Friday, March 3, 2017, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch Minister of Finance visited Techruption at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus. During his visit, the minister learned about the latest developments in the field of new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. Techruption is a new community at the Brightlands…

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