The Smartest Wall of All

All the United States can think and talk about these days is “The Wall.” The reality is that this unrealistic and likely-to-fail campaign promise is actually a distraction from real emergencies… and not just opioids and climate change. America needs to realize that — in terms of our economic future — there was recently a major Sputnik moment. The Chinese government has launched a “Manhattan project” to insure they are the ones who make the major breakthroughs in quantum computing and communications — by building the world’s biggest quantum computing research complex, called the National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences in Hefei, the capital of the eastern province of Anhui. They have committed $12 billion to win the quantum computing race.

What’s more, Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings — the Chinese internet triumvirate known by the acronym BAT, which boasts a collective market cap of $1 trillion — are spending aggressively because they agree with the Chinese government that whoever builds a fully functioning quantum computer first will likely rule the world. Alibaba alone recently announced investing $15 billion into next-generation technology such as AI and quantum computing.

These efforts have already hit paydirt: A couple of years ago, Chinese researchers launched the world’s first quantum satellite into space from a launchpad in the Gobi Desert, to accelerate their efforts to build an unhackable quantum internet. And China was first to pack 18 qubits — the most basic units of quantum computing — into just six quantum entangled photons. That’s an unprecedented three qubits per photon, and a record for the number of qubits linked to one another via quantum entanglement. This is significant technological momentum.

America, it’s time to wake up and smell the quantum coffee!

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The Art of InnoHacking

Innohacking is an emerging new process of ideation for developing disruptive business models more effectively. Its roots are based in the concept of “growth hacking” — a process used by Internet marketers that leverages rapid experimentation across the marketing funnel, product development, sales segments, and other areas of the business to identify the most efficient ways to virally grow a business. Used by companies like Dropbox and AirBNB, those who understand growth hacking will enjoy a competitive advantage that is difficult to overstate.

Hacking itself, in this context, is then defined as finding a leverage point or vulnerability in a system, and exploiting it to your advantage. Thus, when you “hack the system”, you expend only a limited investment with hopefully exponential gain, and this should be applicable in any disciple. Our goal is to apply the concept of hacking to the core ideation process that drive innovation.

Here are eight simple “innohacks” you can use to seek undetected market opportunities, perform more insightful ethnographic needsfinding, generate deeper insights or simply be more creative. Most are general purpose, and some are specifically formulated to detect opportunity spaces in arenas like blockchain and quantum computing.

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On-chain Governance at the Blockchain East Conference

Blockchain governance is one of the most critical issues facing the blockchain community today. FutureLab managing partner will be leading a panel on this subject at the Blockchain East conference in New York City on October 10th, 2018.

At its core, governance is what allows a blockchain to evolve and change to meet future requirements of its stakeholders.  As blockchain becomes more widely adopted, whether it be in the world of cryptocurrency and finance, or more broadly in enterprise and government, effective governance is vital. This session will take a deep dive into current and future methods of blockchain governance, the consequences of getting it right, and wrong.

  • Governance on the Front Lines - what is working and what hasn’t?
  • Incentives & Methods for Coordination and why they matter for good governance
  • Experiments with on-chain governance - is it a double edged sword?
  • Future approaches to blockchain governance
  • Regulatory perspectives on blockchain governance

Please join Moses and his guests: Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project; Arun Sundararajan, Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, World Economic Forum, Professor of Business, Robert L. And Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow, New York University; and Graham Mosley, Principal Program Manager, Azure Engineering - Blockchain, Microsoft.


You can download the slides for this panel here: [coming soon]




Decentralized Identity at the Blockchain East Conference

Identity is one of the core applications of blockchain, whether its identifying a person, thing or transaction and the impact of identity will be felt across virtually any use case. FutureLab managing partner will be leading a panel on this subject at the Blockchain East conference in New York City on October 10th, 2018.

This thought-provoking panel discuss will investigate the role of identity, what it actually means, the role of standards and focus on core identity use cases and solutions where blockchain is already being used, or will be used in the near future.

  • Decentralized ID and standards.
  • Where do smart contracts fit in decentralized ID?
  • Decentralized ID & Security
  • Decentralized ID use cases in enterprise and government

Please join Moses and his guests: Brian McSweeney, Co-Founder of Chlu; Alice Nawfal, Director of Business Operations, Consensys; and Vipin Bharathan, Principal

You can download the slides for this panel here: [coming soon]




Blockchain Healthcare Summit

Announcement: Moses Ma will be leading Blockchain 101 for Healthcare, with an introduction to the Blockchain Design Sprint - a pre-conference workshop at the Blockchain Healthcare Summit to be held in Washington DC on August 16-18th. Guests of FutureLab can qualify for a discount on admission, please inquire via our CONTACT page.

This workshop will provide a high level understanding of essential blockchain concepts for executives who are new to blockchain in business and government. Attendees will gain a more intuitive understanding of key fundamentals of blockchain, to get beyond the jargon and communicate effectively with developers, solution providers and your C-suite decision makers. The workshop also reviews how to leverage the Agile design sprint process — Silicon Valley's top secret for more effectively designing, refining, prototyping, and validate your new business concepts. This workshop introduces this practical, hands-on approach, used by companies like Google and Nest, custom fitted to the healthcare, life sciences and insurance sectors.

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