South Africa could become a test bed of technologies that enable households, especially in remote areas, to join electricity trading markets.
Blockchains and cryptocurrencies are being co-opted by the very system they were designed to overthrow.
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Globalization is making it harder to identify and trace outbreaks of foodborne illness. Technology can help, but consumers may also have to rethink their food choices.
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Chinese users have started posting sensitive materials, like documents of sexual assault, on the blockchain. But the government has taken its own steps to crack down on this practice.
More democratic forms of politics, journalism and fact-checking will be needed when we can no longer trust any video footage.
Blockchain technology was supposed to make trust unnecessary – but that turns out not to be true. Most people will want laws and regulations to help make blockchain-based systems trustworthy.
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Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
Food suppliers and sellers around the world are using blockchain technologies to ensure that what consumers buy is labeled clearly and accurately.
Bitcoin may have a large carbon footprint, but cleaner digital currencies aren't going to prevent an environmental disaster.
It's not a scam. It also won't make you fabulously wealthy. Initiative Q wants a stable private currency for payments processing rather than a vehicle for speculation.
Blockchain data is unchangeable, which is a problem when privacy laws require companies to delete data once it’s served its purpose.
The stability and integrity of democratic society are too important to be relegated to inherently flawed computer systems that are vulnerable to malfunctions and malicious attacks.
With Walmart bringing blockchain technology to its grocery stores, other retailers will soon have to get on board.
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The Achilles' heel of law technologies: training. Only 10% of such initiatives are aimed at law students, so how should this issue be managed to win the AI race?
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