Winning, but no Competition?

Where new technologies emerge, things change. The old way of doing things gets faded out. I understand some can see this as a competition. An example is the autonomous car. Technically it appears within our reach to deploy this at a large scale. Heralding the improved safety and preventing fatalities in traffic, but likely also costing jobs of professional drivers. In the interview of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, she tells us:

“the race to develop new transportation solutions like self-driving cars is "not a competition" between the technology and automotive industries.”

Races are often seen as a competition of sorts though, but I found it remarkable that in the same article featuring the interview, a proposal to speed up this change ‘exemptions’ can be won:

“a Senate committee is working on legislation that would make it easier for automakers to get self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads by winning exemptions from rules requiring human controls”

It is branded not really a competition, but a race in which things can be won. Though I expect it is also possible lose then, which still still sounds a lot like a competition.


The response you knew had to come: CryptoKitty-eating-CryptoZombies! A free coding tutorial aiming to make people more familiar with programming in Solidity. It is fun to see how you can set up a smart contract in Slidity, get help along the way and start dipping your toes into code.


I encourage you to take a look at CryptoZombies, if you have experience as a coder or not at this project powered by Loom. You'll have your own Dapp up and running in a few excellent guided lessons.

"CryptoZombies is an interactive code school that teaches you to write smart contracts in Solidity through building your own crypto-collectables game."

While not world changing in its own right, it is projects like this that show more people the potential of blockchain and make it so much easier to get started. Share this project with others who are interested to learn more about programming in Solidity.

Thanks to Fred Wilson @ AVC for sharing this!

Core Requirements

Data is the new oil for many and the companies realising that are changing the way they deal with their (customers) data. An interesting outset from ReadWrite describes how data availability and integrity should be a core requirement and not an afterthought:

From “Are edge computing and IIoT changing the way we think about data?”:

“For the enterprises that “get it,” this growth in data—and its increasing criticality to the business—is a catalyst to modernize their infrastructure. That infrastructure needs to be scalable to accommodate accelerating data growth and flexible to allow new ways to use real-time data analytics. As they become more reliant on data, they need to think about how to protect that valuable data. That means viewing data availability and integrity as a core requirement, not as an afterthought.” - Jason Andersen, ReadWrite

A Core Requirement. While I strongly agree with the article, it comes on top of security, privacy, etc. With so many things becoming a Core Requirement, are there any Edges left?

For security, Sia published a nice post on their stance:

“don’t roll your own crypto.” - David Vorick, Sia

Sia considers security a Core Requirement, but they only trust the absolute best to handle it for them.

Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2018

Today I attended the Next Level Conferende DBH, disussing the learning from the 2017 edition last February and looking forward to the next. I had a great time meeting up with friends old and new, got excited about the programma outline already and eager to head off for a new adventure.

The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon was a great event in Groningen, bringing together many experts together at a unprecedented scale. In a team with TNO, IBM and collegues from Eneco we achieved a second spot in the Energy track. This in turn helped us internally get better visibility for the topic within Eneco, next to a vast network in this ecosystem.

Anyone in doubt on the topic, I strongly recommend to join in this program, a next meeting will be somewhere in September 2017 and the actual hackathon in April 2018.

For more details, check the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon website.