Crypto in Paradise

By Kate Baucherel | February 29, 2024

When something seeps into popular culture, its a good indicator of gradual acceptance and adoption. This week’s episode of Death in Paradise (season 13 episode 4) managed to skilfully weave some solid crypto knowledge into its plot without making it the villain of the piece. I enjoyed every minute of it, and the writers had…

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Five ways to spot a crypto scam

By Kate Baucherel | February 11, 2024

Scammers are clever people, and they are after your money. They take advantage of lack of awareness of investing, feed the fear of missing out on high returns, and use social engineering to persuade their victims that what they’re asking is above board. With crypto starting to rally again after more than two years in…

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Binance judgement cements US crypto approach

By Kate Baucherel | November 22, 2023

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) handed down a record fine of $4.3bn (£3.2bn) to the Binance crypto exchange yesterday, 21st November, for “consistent and egregious” violations of US laws and financial regulations. Founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ) stepped down with immediate effect to be replaced as CEO by Richard Teng, former Head of Regional Markets…

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What does AI do, exactly?

By Kate Baucherel | October 16, 2023

What does AI really do? “Artificial Intelligence” conjures up images of a jolly plastic pal in the workplace, or, on the flip side, a controlling mind that will eventually decide the fate of humanity. But AI is an umbrella term for different tools and processes that replicate aspects of human intelligence. Many of those tools…

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AI: Can we build it? Should we?

By Kate Baucherel | October 1, 2023
AI: Can we build it?

This week BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, called on the Prime Minister to make ethics a priority at the upcoming AI safety summit. As AI explodes into the public consciousness, ethics has to be front and centre – and proactive. We can’t snooze on the job. Around 2015 I heard DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis…

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The Artificial Intelligence genie is out of the box

By Kate Baucherel | September 25, 2023

Just how fast has Artificial Intelligence penetrated the public consciousness? One of the many strands of my work is part time lecturing as an adjunct professor. In the space of just two years, the subject of AI has leapt from the pages of text books into the daily life of students. It’s changed what I…

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Kate Baucherel joins Syndika

By Kate Baucherel | September 6, 2023

Meet our new syndicate Member, Kate Baucherel! Kate is a distinguished author, global stage speaker, and expert advisor, specializing in strategic and emerging technology advisory, with a pronounced focus on the applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Her remarkable career spanning over three decades encompasses senior technical and financial roles across diverse sectors such as utilities,…

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FTX Bankruptcy News

By Kate Baucherel | November 18, 2022
FTX logo and generic financial reports and calculator

The newly-appointed CEO of the complex FTX group of companies has made his first filing in the bankruptcy court for the district of Delaware. It makes grim reading for anyone who has run a business, from startups with a handful of customers to listed companies. An unprecedented failure of trust and governance The administrator, John…

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Live from the FTX meltdown

By Kate Baucherel | November 11, 2022
An exploding planet and FTX logo

*** Originally published Friday 11th November, edited for latest developments*** Where are we now? Thursday 17th November: The first filing is made in the bankruptcy court of the state of Delaware. You can read the key takeaways here. Saturday 12th November, 3am UTC: A reported hack starts to drain funds from FTX under the nose…

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Celebrating the Ethereum Merge

By Kate Baucherel | September 15, 2022
Ethereum Merge

It took 17 seconds to change the landscape of cryptocurrency. At a fraction before 6.43am UTC on 15th September, block number 15537394 was confirmed by a staking pool, not by a miner. The Ethereum Merge, also known as the Paris Network Upgrade, was complete. Celebrations all around. But what does this actually mean? Let’s go…

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