Whither the future of money?

As cryptocurrencies gain both ground and notoriety, questions are increasingly asked about the future of money. I confronted this in my 2017 novel Bitcoin Hurricane, imagining a near future where digital and fiat currencies trade side by side in the money markets, and banks still have a role to play in our lives. Austin’s SXSW […]

The Innovation Game

Science fiction, fantasy, computer games, and chess. My children are all over these, playing hard and imagining new worlds. As we start to face adult responsibilities, it’s sometimes hard to hold on to the absolute joy of play, but discussions around the development of artificial intelligence at this year’s South by South West (SXSW) festival […]

Expert Insight: Blockchain Technology

This briefing on the history of blockchain and distributed ledger technology was commissioned by Business Expert Press as part of their now discontinued Expert Insights series. You can view and download the full article here: BEP Expert Insight Blockchain Nov 2017 Abstract: Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology, which has its roots in the development […]

Let the Blockchain take the strain | Digital Leaders

How will smart contracts streamline business processes? Digital Leaders North East and Invotra attracted a broad range of businesses to their Blockchain event earlier this year. The audience ranged from those who are already actively exploring blockchain solutions in their business to the majority who are still feeling their way on the potential of the […]

Initial Coin Offerings – Snake Oil or Saviour?

2017 was the year that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) hit the technical business press, and cryptocurrency stepped out of the shadows. It’s been a remarkable ride: in June, when finalising details of my novel Bitcoin Hurricane, the publisher asked whether Bitcoin was well enough known for the book to sell. By Christmas, at every signing […]

Who takes ethical responsibility for social media influence? | Center for Digital Ethics & Policy

There’s a storm brewing, and social media is at its eye. For a decade, businesses and politicians have increasingly used both Twitter and Facebook as convenient mouthpieces. Twitter’s values declare: “We believe in free expression and think every voice has the power to impact the world.” Facebook’s mission is to “bring the world closer together.” […]