The Risk & Reward of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology: What You Need to Know

Across the globe, bitcoin and blockchain investment deals in 2015 grew 32 times over the five deals reported in 2012. The amount of financing reached $550 million by 2016. This accelerated growth–notably in the last few years– in global bitcoin and blockchain financing trend was recently reported by Business Insider.

 

Are cryptocurrency and blockchain technology a fad, or a new and more efficient way to buy goods and services, or even fund startups in a society that is becoming increasingly digital?

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Our Future with AI

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Ready or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being integrated into our lives.

For readers who are new to AI, it is “intelligence exhibited by machines.” One application of AI, called Machine Learning, is based on the approach of letting computers, or machines, learn for themselves by giving them access to data–lots of it.

So, as we go about our day surfing the Internet–searching and browsing content and products, the machines quietly learn, in the background, Continue reading

MITCNC Energy & Environment Team Won the 2016 Great Dome Award

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For those not familiar with this award (formerly known as the Presidential Citation), the Great Dome Award is the highest honor the MIT Alumni Association bestows upon any of its organizations, given to groups in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute or the Association.

This year, MITCNC Energy & Environment Team has been recognized for “the Club’s impressive level of success on its mission Continue reading

MITCNC Membership up 50%, According to FY 2015/16 Report

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Doug Spreng, MITCNC President

At the end of our first fiscal quarter, MITCNC membership units were 1,037, up 50% from same quarter last year. And, there’s still 9 months to go in this fiscal year. Congrats, MITCNC!

So how did we achieve these great results?

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Humans, Automation, and the Future of Work: A Reading List*

There has been a flood of books on this topic in the last year or two, so I decided to compile a list. I have read roughly a third of the books listed below (and hope to get through some of the others in due course.)

From what I have read (in these books and the general technogy/business media coverage over the last two years or so), the main arguments seem to broadly fall into one of three categories:

[1] We are all doomed, because there will be no work left for any of us in a few decades.

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[2] There is nothing to worry about. New kinds of jobs (that we cannot even imagine today) will be created, and we will all be fine.

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