‘Just Like an Email’

Personally I think this is the best explanation of Bitcoin I have seen ever. Not because it is the most detailed, complete and accurate, but mostly for its sheer simplicity. If you haven’t heard from Andreas Antonopoulos before, be sure to follow him.

“This is a form of money that only exists in a digital form and it can be sent and received just like an email.”

Energeia Energy Day 2018 - Work to be done?

Last week I spoke at the Energeia Energy Day on our Blockchain project for the District Heating system. The Energeia Energy Day is an annual event, aimed at everybody involved within the energy industry.

It was a good opportunity to share our experience with a Blockchain project, though looking at the entire agenda of the conference you’d say that Blockchain is not top of mind for everybody yet; a different picture if you see the various initiatives globally though. A lot of work is still to be done to show the potential and added value of Blockchain in the industry, also considering the often heard question aimed at the energy consumption of Bitcoin. I’m looking forward to more of such sessions, educating people as I go and adding to the list of projects that can show working examples to the world.

Venture Cafe Rotterdam - SBIR "Blockchain Warmterotonde"

After having completed our Blockchain prototype for a district heating application with our partner CGI, it is time to show it to the world and tell about it. Tonight the Venture Cafe in Rotterdam hosts a session where all four parties who are part of the SBIR program in Rotterdam will demo their prototype. Exicted to be there!

Details on the program and how to get there: https://venturecaferotterdam.org/smart-grid-blockchain-thinkgreen/

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.