- Bitbarista is a Bitcoin powered, semi-autonomous coffee machine, developed by researchers Ella Tallyn, Larissa Pschetz and Rory Gianni.
- Described by the BBC as “a coffee machine with a life of its own, dispensing coffee to punters with an ethical preference”, it was designed to explore the perceptions of value transactions using a novel Internet of Things device and serves coffee in exchange for a Bitcoin contribution towards its future…
- The sub theme of ‘New Digital Geographies’ was a perfect fit to showcase Bitbarista, as it explored political, ecological and geographic implications of a new decentralised digital society, where technologies such as Bitcoin and Blockchain facilitate new ways of sharing and transferring value.
- Bitbarista is currently undergoing a trial of long-term use which is revealing reactions to the machine’s autonomous features, and about making coffee choices based on the dynamic, bigger picture of coffee production and supply, rather than immediate personal desires.
- Researchers are also exploring options for new research funding to examine how the Bitbarista could be integrated into the practice and business of growing and supplying coffee.
Researchers from ECA’s Centre for Design Informatics recently attended the RGS-IB Annual International Conference in London, where one of their digital devices – Bitbarista – caught the eye of a BBC World Service journalist.
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- The $2.3 trillion investor announced on Wednesday a partnership between its Fidelity Labs, the firm’s innovation center, and Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange serving nearly 9 million customers.
- As part of the partnership, Coinbase users will be able to view their bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin holdings alongside their other accounts in their Fidelity Portfolio.
- “We are trying to create the best customer experience,” Hadley Stern, managing director at Fidelity Labs, told Business Insider.
- Donations made in bitcoin to Fidelity Charitable, a $16 billion donor-advised philanthropic fund, grew to about $9 million in the first half of 2017.
- Fidelity’s CEO Abigail Johnson is a bitcoin enthusiast.
Fidelity is testing out a new service to help make life easier for its clients who invest in…
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- Tea Uglow’s story about a disintegrating life has been built to be literally deconstructed, with readers required to make small edits to the book’s text, as it passes from one owner to the next.
- Owners must add one word and remove two from each of the story’s 21 pages and are stopped from moving forward through the book until they’ve made the required interventions.
- These changes are stored on a permanent, public record using Blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin – and the process begins again, with each new owner altering the book they are given, adding and subtracting words as they see fit.
- Uglow, who is also creative director of the Google Creative Labs team in Sydney, says the idea for A Universe Explodes came from the realisation that while “in the ‘real’ world a shared book will fall to pieces, pages rip, words smudge”, readers left no fingerprint when they shared electronic ebooks – because they did not actually own an object, just a licence to read it.
- A gradually disintegrating book seems just right for a story circling around questions of inheritance and loss, happiness and dust, and Uglow’s original has enough punch to cut through the unfamiliar technology.
On each page of A Universe Explodes by Tea Uglow, owners are required to add one word and remove two – which amounts to an odd reading experience
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- The rise of the smartphone and apps such as Instagram and Snapchat mean traditional measures of growth are no longer fit for purpose, according to Google’s chief economist.
- Hal Varian said the global nature of modern supply chains meant statisticians were miscounting growth in GDP and productivity.
- “I think GDP is larger and productivity is larger than indicated [by the data],” he said.
- Mr Varian urged politicians to look at other ways of measuring growth and welfare than the commonly used measure of GDP.
The rise of the smartphone and apps such as Instagram and Snapchat mean traditional measures of growth are no longer fit for purpose, according to Google’s chief economist.
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- Investor’s Business Daily’s Bill Peters explains.
- Blockchain, Explained: How It Could Impact A Wide Range Of Industries
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- Often associated with digital currency bitcoin, the shared record-keeping technology is now being explored by banks like JPMorgan (JPM) and Bank of America (BAC).
What is blockchain, and why does it matter? Often associated with digital currency bitcoin, the shared record-keeping technology is now being explored by banks like JPMorgan (JPM) and Bank of America (BAC). Investor’s Business Daily’s Bill Peters explains.
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- Jaden Smith Is Very Aware That No One Really Understands Him
- Jaden Smith arrives at Variety’s Power Of Young Hollywood at NeueHouse Hollywood on Aug. 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
- “I’ve always looked at life differently,” the 18-year-old told Variety in a recent interview.
- Smith embraces his unique outlook on life when it comes to his style â which garnered him a spot in Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 womenswear campaign â as well.
- The actor covers the Power of Young Hollywood issue.
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Jaden Smith Is Very Aware That No One Really Understands Him