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Tesla gets $7.8M in real estate financing using MakerDao; Real World Assets meet DeFi

Tesla just closed $7.8M in financing originating from MakerVault, a MakerDao DeFi protocol. Tesla will use the financing to pay for a new Tesla repair and collision center. This is reportedly the first tranche of a large MakerDao financing deal coming up for Tesla. See MakerDao Tweet Tesla’s MakerVault’s fully collateralized financing was procured...

Web3 Technology brings Humanitarian Value to Ukraine

Cryptocurrency is not some dark surreptitious money laundering tool for Russian war criminals. Instead: Cryptocurrency has proven to be an invaluable Humanitarian Tool Ukraine has received close to $100 million in crypto donations, according to Ukraine’s deputy minister at the Ministry of Digital Transformation Alex Bornyakov, who notes President...

What are the impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Cryptocurrency Networks?

Banking systems Shut out Sanctioned Russian entities  Commercial and Central Banking systems across the globe have shut their doors to sanctioned Russian entities in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Seven major Russian banks are banned from using SWIFT, the ubiquitous global bank to bank payment messaging system, and the G7 has frozen the...

What is Web3?

Web3 enables peer-to-peer interactions with no reliance on centralized platforms and intermediaries. Users own their own data, identity, content, and algorithms, and can govern the blockchain protocols they use by owning governance tokens.  Users participate as “shareholders” by owning the protocols’ tokens or cryptocurrencies. Web3 shifts power and...

Think your Crypto is Safe at well-known Exchanges? Think Again

My colleague just had over $30,000 worth of Ethereum stolen from his wallet at a highly regarded cryptocurrency exchange, and there’s nothing he can do about it. No one from the exchange bothered to speak with him to at least explain the situation.  In fact, the customer service was pathetic – all he had to interact with over the course of several days...

NFTs get AI Brains; What’s next for iNFTs?

It’s only a matter of time before you will be able to train your NFT to be an intelligent agent.  Already startups such as alethea.ai and altered state machine are giving you the tools you need to train your NFTs to be artificially intelligent. The implications across applications are obvious, compelling and even scary: Intelligent NFTs will be...

Gartner Predicts: Criminal Cryptocurrency Transactions will Drop by 30% by 2024

Contrary to popular lore, cryptocurrencies are not a haven for anonymous criminals. In fact, armed with smart blockchain analytics, it’s easier to follow money trails on blockchains than it is on legacy payment networks, however a circuitous route they may take. What’s still hard to figure out — for the time being — is the identity of the criminals...

Criminals will find it harder to hide illicit Crypto Payments thanks to DOJ and Blockchain Analytics

The DOJ announcement on the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team is a welcome event that will provide further consumer safety and legal clarity around a burgeoning cryptocurrency market.  See  DOJ to Launch National Crypto Enforcement Team: Report  This comes on top of other U.S. government efforts to curtail ransomware attacks that result in cryptocurrency...

Federal Reserve Bank Panel on Digital Currencies; Opportunities & Risks

Digital currencies are going to change every aspect of how we transact and do business with each other over the next five years. 81 countries are already experimenting or implementing central bank digital currencies (CBDC) representing 90% of global GDP. (See Atlantic Council ) China reportedly has already disbursed over $5.3 Billion of its new Digital...

AI Trust Risk & Security Management; Gartner Market Guide

My Gartner colleagues Farhan Choudhary Jeremy D’Hoinne and I just launched coverage of the AI Trust Risk & Security Management (TriSM) market. AI TriSM comprises multiple software segments that ensure AI model; governance, trustworthiness, fairness, reliability, efficacy, security and data protection.  See Market Guide for AI Trust, Risk & Security...

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