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Crypto brief

The next big treasure

  • Corporations and many companies continue to add bitcoin to their reserve assets. Last time, it was MicroStrategy and Square Inc that acquired $425 million and $50 million worth of Bitcoin, respectively. 
  • Stone Ridge Holdings, an American asset management company, is the latest to yet again, wrack up bitcoin from the market, as part of its treasury reserve strategy. It was reported the company bought 10,000 Bitcoins worth $114 million.
  • The fall of the US Dollar is the beginning for Bitcoin. With the falling rate of the US Dollar, Bitcoin is winning over new Hodlers. Bitcoin is the new reserve asset for companies.

Anthony Pompliano announces he has 80% of his capital in bitcoin

  • Investor and former Facebook team member, Anthony Pompliano, recently revealed that he is not one of those people that talk much about bitcoin without the skin to go into it.
  • According to the information in one of his podcasts, Pompliano said that 80% of his wealth is concentrated in the leading cryptocurrency.

No end in sight to OKEx withdrawal suspension

  • Users on the OKEx exchange are becoming more scared as the days pass, since the announcement of a halt to withdrawals— with no further announcements and no timeline as to when assets will be released.
  • According to sources, since its announcement on October 16th about suspending withdrawals and the subsequent statement which read that: “One of our private key holders is currently cooperating with a public security bureau in investigations where required”, OKEx has released no significant information. 

AI brief

Google assistant now works in other apps.

  • Using google assistant just got a lot more easier, the AI now works on other apps besides Google, and it can now perform tasks like searching or hailing a ride, within third party apps. For example, saying “Open Burna boy on Instagram” instantly takes you to Burna boy’s instagram page. The new update comes with a lot of cool features which Android users will enjoy exploring. This is a step closer to adopting a general assistant, and not just a “google only” assistant.

Robot animals could replace animals in captivity.

  • An engineering company in the U.S., Edge Innovations, has designed a $5 million robot dolphin. The company hopes that one day, these extremely lifelike robot animals could replace animals in captivity and help entertain people at theme parks. According to the CEO, “There are like 3,000 dolphins currently in captivity, being used to generate several billions of dollars just for dolphin experiences. And so, there’s obviously an appetite to love and learn about dolphins.”

Apple’s Homepods get smaller and smarter.

  • The new Homepod mini was the first device to be talked about in the special Apple event that announced the iPhone 12. The older version, which was bigger and more expensive, concentrated more on sound quality than being smart. The new Homepod mini is a cheaper way for Apple fans to key into Apple’s homekit ecosystem. At $99, the homepod mini will not only sound great, but it will also feature a wide range of cool features.

Making AI more humane: The Tech is too important for only computer geeks to call the shots.

  • Law professor, Frank Pasquale, discusses his vision of AI with Kaijia Gu, a partner at Oliver Wyman. Pasquale says that AI shouldn’t only be a conversation among computer scientists. He adds that there should be a way of bringing together practitioners from other fields like business, law and social science, in order to talk about an algorithm that is accountable.

ICYMI: Other trending stories you may have missed

  • Paystack, a startup in Lagos, Nigeria, has been acquired by American online payment processing company, Stripe. The acquisition is part of Stripe’s plan to expand its services geographically, especially to the African continent. This acquisition is the biggest yet in the country.
  • Feminist Coalition, one of the groups spearheading the EndSARS protest in Nigeria, has resorted to donations via Bitcoin after authorities reportedly blocked the organization’s bank account. This group is not relenting in the fight against alleged police brutality by a Nigerian police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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Bitcoin trades above $51k ahead of El Salvador’s adoption

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Bitcoin price has rallied above $51,000 ahead of El Salvador’s adoption. The immediate surge in price may be due to the social media campaign that everyone should buy sats of Bitcoin to support El Salvador’s plan to make the coin a legal tender or it may be due to the news of El Salvador’s adoption of the coin as a legal tender on September 7. Users of social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit are discussing how they will buy Bitcoin of $30 each to mark the new El Salvador Bitcoin law.

The surge in Bitcoin’s price began in the last 24hrs with the price rallying around $51,955 with a 3.37% increase. This is an all-time high after the April crash that brought the price of Bitcoin from $64k down to $28k. The move by El Salvador to be the first country that accepts Bitcoin as a legal tender and the social media campaign that leads to a surge in price ahead September 7 are a repetition of events that occurred late last year and early this year with regards to institutional investors and how the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed.

El Salvador, a country in Central America, has been preparing heavily to adopt Bitcoin by installing ATMs to allow citizens to convert the token into US dollars. Last week, the country’s Legislative Assembly passed a law to allow for the creation of a $150m Trust to support the conversion of Bitcoins to US dollars.

To promote the use of Bitcoin, the government states that it will give the adult population of El Salvador $30 in Bitcoin once they download “Chivo” the wallet issued by the government. This was confirmed by the Finance Minister, Alejandro Zelaya.

What this means for Bitcoin investors

Apart from the adoption by Salvadorians, on-chain analytics show that Bitcoin is in high demand. The fourth halving that occurred will make Bitcoin become a scarce token in the nearest future. Thereby increasing the price sporadically.

With El Salvador’s interest in Bitcoin, other countries are likely to follow suit- Panama is considering following El Salvador’s lead. History will repeat itself as this development will serve as another crypto rout that occurred early this year when Tesla and MicroStrategy announced their support for Bitcoin.

El Salvador’s new law allows the use of Bitcoin as a legal tender it can be used to buy goods, pay for taxes and bank loans. This means more demand for Bitcoin, with the fourth halving that occurred, it means less supply. A common rule of economics for demand and supply will apply. Prices are projected to keep rising. At the time of writing this report, Bitcoin is trading at $51,839 with a projection of $52k before the end of today and higher tomorrow when Salvadorians begin to use the token.

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Why some people thinks AI still lack common sense – Decentralize Brief Nov. 16 – Nov. 23

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This week, we learn how to teach your AI to drive, why some people think AI still lacks a lot of common sense, and the vacuum cleaner that could be listening on your conversations.

Teaching robots to drive

Robots can now learn complicated tasks by just watching a couple of demonstrations that might not be even perfect. The new system designed by researchers, helps a domestic robot, for example, to learn how to do basic chores or even set the dinner table.

New test shows AI still lacks common sense

When it comes to natural language processing, AI has undoubtedly been taking great strides. However, does AI really understand what it reads? Researchers have discovered that AI still lacks a lot of common sense it needs to create plausible sentences.

Your vacuum cleaner could be listening to you

It turns out that your vacuum cleaner could be hacked and used as a listening device, since it has a microphone. A group of researchers at the Computer Science Department of the University of Maryland, recently demonstrated this.

AI has definitely come a long way, and people’s reactions to the disruptive technology, are quite mixed. Whilst some are trying to key into the technology as it is looking to be a major part of the fourth industrial revolution, others are wary of its impact. 

Mini brains that help AI feel pain and repair itself

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have designed a brain for AI that will help it process and respond to pain. The system, which is considered to be a mini-brain, will help computers feel pain exerted by physical pressure. It can also help the computer do mini repairs. 

Nigerian artificial intelligence and robotics centre

Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, has built an AI and robotics centre in preparation for the fourth industrial revolution. The centre was built in the country’s capital, Abuja. 

Pope urges Catholics to pray that AI doesn’t rebel against mankind 

One of the Pope’s prayer points for the month of November is for advanced technologies like AI to avoid rebelling against mankind. The Pope says future technologies should not cause inequality between humans, but should respect the dignity of all humans. As such, he has urged Catholics to pray that AI will always serve humankind.

Students discover a way to fool AI into changing grades.

An AI algorithm that marks essays has been outwitted. An online platform for virtual learning that uses AI to grade essays, has been discovered to actually grade based on relevant keywords. Once these keywords are in the essay, the AI gives students a perfect score. 

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Did AI predict U.S. elections correctly? Cryptocurrencies will become a Fintech trend by 2021

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Hey there! Happy New Week!

In today’s curations: AI predictions for the Nov. 3 US presidential election were not accurate and we shared why cryptocurrencies will be an inevitable fintech world in 2021

Curated Samuel Attah, Bolu Abiodun ✍

Did AI correctly predict the next U.S. president

2020 US election chart
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Different AI firms have predicted the U.S. elections based on sentiments on Twitter. While most of them predicted that Joe Biden would win the election, the numbers compared to the actual polls were not very accurate. A company called KCore Analytics, used about 1 billion tweets to predict the elections, and the company was about 89.5% accurate. 

Cockroach and Lizard robots

Cockroaches and lizards have inspired the creation of a robot. The robot can swim, run on water at incredible speeds, and crawl on difficult terrains. The robot, which is known as the AmphiSTAR, is envisioned to help out with agricultural projects as well as search and rescue missions.

Training AI just the way we train dogs

A robot named ‘spot’, can now teach itself how to perform tasks the same way dogs are taught to sit, stand, roll over and do other tricks. Computer scientists at the John Hopkins University, stated that the robot taught itself to perform tasks that would have normally taken several months, in a few weeks. 

Cryptocurrency could be one of the biggest fintech trends of 2021.

Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple
Cryptocurrencies (FLICKR)

The CEO of Token Metrics, Ian Balina, has said that “The most important fintech trends in 2021 will be cryptocurrencies.” Balina says bitcoin will surpass its all-time high of $20,000, and gain massive mainstream attention. With a lot of big players like PayPal, Square, Facebook and Samsung endorsing the currency, it shows that Bitcoin is mature for the mainstream.

Cryptocurrencies you can invest in before the year runs out

It has been a remarkable few weeks in the world of cryptocurrencies. We’ve seen Bitcoin on a rampage, and other currencies like Ethereum, following suit. In light of all the positivity trailing the crypto community, in no particular order, here are some of the currencies that can currently be invested.

Lunch Time Read:

  • When it comes to elections in Africa, the tales carry enough tragedy— from deep electoral malpractices to violence. Jerry Ojumah has one of such tales, and this is why he used his ingenuity and creativity to create an election process that could afford Africa a chance at the limelight.
  • Extended Reality is still a far-fetched technology, in Africa, however, it’s gradually taking a spot in countries like Nigeria.

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