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Fed Gov Speaks Up on HAVs, Google’s Allo Chats Smarter, and More – This Week in Artificial Intelligence 9-23-16

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Fed Gov Speaks Up on HAVs, Google's Allo Chats Smarter, and More - This Week in Artificial Intelligence 9-23-16

1 – Self-Driving Cars: Feds Release Long-Awaited Rules

On Tuesday, the federal government released its long-anticipated new rules for self-driving cars. In a press release, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated,

“Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken.”

The guidelines are flexible and meant to evolve as the technology behind autonomous cars advances. While the suggested framework will be assimilated into state rules on regulation of human drivers, registration, traffic laws and enforcement, insurance and liability, the federal government foresees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintaining control of regulation of motor vehicles and equipment, a move meant to encourage innovation but also set a bar for safety standards. The new 103-page policy includes a 15-point safety standard for “highly automated vehicle” (HAVs) manufacturers.

(Read the full article on SiliconBeat and access the policy on Transportation.gov)

2 – Say Hello to Google Allo: A Smarter Messaging App

Google introduced its new, smarter messaging app – Google Allo – on Tuesday this week. In addition to smarter chat features, users will get an initial taste of Google assistant, integrated intoga_contextualthe platform. Allo’s Smart Reply feature suggests simple responses to comments and photos, which are meant to become more aligned to your personality over time as Allo learns typical responses.

Users can pull up Google Assistant within a chat (as opposed to having to leave and open a separate Siri or browser window), which will provide resources based on your requests (say, finding a tutorial for making sushi). Google Allo also has end-to-end encryption technology, allowing users to initiate an “Incognito” chat, with “discreet” notifications and message expiration features.

(Read the full article on Google’s Blog)

3 – How Microsoft Computer Scientists and Researchers are Working to ‘Solve‘ Cancer

Different teams of Microsoft researchers, engineers and programmers in labs around the world are taking different but complementary approaches to solving cancer. Microsoft’s big picture philosophy, as described by Corporate Vice President Jeanette Wing, involves two approaches: the first is that cancer (and all biological processes) are information processing systems that can be mimicked in and potential solutions tried out on models; the second is data-driven and involves applying machine learning methods to the influx of data becoming available from cancer patients and treatments.

“We can use methods that we’ve developed for programming computers to program biology, and then unlock even more applications and even better treatments,”

said Andrew Phillips, head of the biological computation research group at Microsoft’s Cambridge, U.K. Lab. Example ongoing efforts include using machine learning and natural language processing to help oncologists create individualized cancer treatments; creating algorithms to help scientists understand how cancers develop and which treatments might work; and engineering novels ways to – one day – introduce program cells to fight diseases like cancer.

(Read the full article on Microsoft News)

4 – Elastic Acquires Behavioral Analytics Leader Prelert

Mountain View- and Amsterdam-based Elastic, one of the largest provides of open-source products for search and analytics (through tools Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack) announced its acquisition of Prelert, a leader in behavior analytics. Founded in 2008, Prelert provides technology to enterprises that helps them automate the detection of anomalies in big databases and predicts next steps and potential scenarios. Elastic plans to integrate Prelert technology into the Elastic Stack by 2017, which will allow Elastic customers to create solutions for issues involving cybersecurity, fraud detection, IT operations analytics, and other complex solutions. An acquisition price was not provided.

(Read the full press release on Elastic)

5 – Salesforce Introduces Salesforce Einstein—Artificial Intelligence for Everyone

On Monday, Salesforce introduced its new AI-powered CRM Platform, Einstein. Salesforce Einstein’s AI features will be rolled out across multiple cloud platforms, including sales, service, marketing, commerce, community, analytics, and IoT. The technology, which makes use of “advanced machine learning, deep learning, predictive analytics, natural language processing, and smart data discovery”, creates customized predictive and self-learning models for every customers, helping them to decide on next actions and automating necessary steps forward. The technology draws on a massive database that includes customer data; email and eCommerce data; social data streams; and IoT signals, to train these models. In the same press release, Salesforce also announced the creation of a new Salesforce Research Group, under the leadership of Richard Socher, which will focus on cutting-edge AI research across deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision for its products.

(Read the full press release on Salesforce News)

Image credit: SiliconBeat

Source: https://emerj.com/fed-gov-speaks-havs-googles-allo-chats-smarter-week-artificial-intelligence-9-23-16/

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OCEAN and EWT trading starts March 3 – Deposit Now

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Ocean Protocol (OCEAN) and Energy Web Token (EWT) trading starts on March 3 at approximately 15:30 UTC. 

Deposits for both assets are currently open so you can deposit now and get ready for the launch of trading tomorrow!

Note: EWT trading is not available to citizens or residents of the US and Canada.

Ocean Protocol (OCEAN) –  Built on Ethereum, Ocean is a platform that allows businesses and individuals to exchange and monetize data and data-based services. In this way, it seeks to make datasets, called datatokens, available to startups and researchers without the data having to leave the hands of those who store it. OCEAN is an ERC-20 token and allows users to buy and sell datatokens, participate in Ocean’s governance, or stake in Ocean’s marketplace. 

Energy Web Token (EWT) – EWT is the native cryptocurrency of the Energy Web Chain, a blockchain platform designed to support the development of energy sector applications. EWT plays a key role in the Energy Web Chain, as it is used to pay those who validate transactions on its blockchain and allows those who hold it to pay for services in certain dapps. Note that EWT trading is not available to citizens or residents of the US and Canada.

What time will funding and trading start?

  • Funding: Already available – deposit OCEAN or EWT now!
  • Trading: Trading will start March 3 at approximately 15:30 UTC (order entry and execution will be enabled at this time).
  • Updates will be posted on the status page near launch time.

Trading Pairs for OCEAN and EWT

Each asset will have four trading pairs for trading in USD, EUR, GBP and Bitcoin (BTC):

  • USD (e.g. OCEAN/USD)
  • EUR (e.g. EWT/EUR)
  • GBP (e.g. OCEAN/GBP)
  • BTC (e.g. EWT/BTC)

How to deposit

  1. Navigate to “Funding” > Select the asset. You can find the asset either by ticking “Show all assets” or by searching (e.g for “OCEAN” or “EWT”). Note that we are not supporting EWTB, which is the ERC-20 token for EWT on Ethereum.
  2. Click “Deposit” next to the asset and follow the on-screen instructions.

Confirmations required before deposits credit

  • OCEAN: 20 (about 4 minutes)
  • EWT: 21 (about 1.5 minutes)

Trading Minimums

  • 10 OCEAN
  • 1 EWT

Fees and Funding Minimums 

Which services will be available for OCEAN and EWT?

Available

Not (yet) available

Will Kraken list more assets?

Yes! But our policy is to never reveal any details until shortly before launch – not even about which assets we are considering. Our client engagement specialists cannot answer any questions about which assets we may be listing in the future.

Trade with caution

Limit orders are recommended when trading starts since the markets may be illiquid initially. Be extremely careful with market orders and orders that trigger market orders (e.g. stop loss).

Invest with caution

Listing an asset or token for trade is not a recommendation to buy, sell, or participate in the associated network. Do your own research and invest at your own risk.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8093/ocean-and-ewt-trading-starts-march-3-deposit-now/

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Meet The Kraken Bank Executive Team: CEO David Kinitsky

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First revealed last September, Kraken is quietly hard at work gearing up to launch Kraken Bank. This exciting new venture is helping to shape the landscape for both Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency services – and the banking industry – well into the future. 

While we can’t reveal all the details yet, we sat down with Kraken Bank CEO David Kinitsky to get a glimpse into how he’s leading the charge to ensure the next generation of financial firms are built with the next generation of assets in mind. 

David brings more than 15 years of experience in cryptocurrency and financial services. He helped launch a streak of innovations with Grayscale, Fidelity, Circle, SecondMarket, and the private investment funds he’s managed.

He’s full of industry knowledge and always adds a colorful perspective to the conversation. Enjoy!

Hi David! You worked at some of the biggest names in the industry. How did you get into crypto, what were those experiences like?

I first came across Bitcoin when I was working at a company called SecondMarket, which would become Digital Currency Group, one of the largest players in this industry. SecondMarket built marketplaces for illiquid, esoteric, and emerging assets. Eventually we got into Bitcoin and sold the legacy business to NASDAQ. 

I took the lead in setting up Grayscale, structuring it’s first and flagship product – the Bitcoin Investment Trust – and served as GM of the business, which I ran for the next couple years. Today, Grayscale is the largest digital asset manager in the world with some $25-30 billion assets under management. (Big shout out to the team over there that took the baton, executed with remarkable consistency, and grew it into the juggernaut it is today.)

I left Grayscale to join Fidelity as their first digital asset hire, helping them to develop their strategy in the crypto space. I also ran a proprietary crypto fund there as a co-portfolio manager alongside the team that now runs Castle Island Ventures, an early stage VC firm focused on crypto.

My next stop was at Circle where I helped to restructure their business, refocus it around their USDC stablecoin, and relaunch with their payments/treasury platform.

Finally, when I saw Kraken pursuing the SPDI bank, I jumped at the opportunity and went all in, moving along with my family to Wyoming where the bank is based. It’s important infrastructure for Bitcoin and crypto, and is also reshaping traditional banking and financial services.

There is a lot of discussion about regulating cryptocurrencies. What do you find fascinating about bitcoin in this respect and how do you look at regulation of the space?

There’s not just a lot of discussion about regulating, there’s real regulating going on already. I sometimes hear this misunderstanding that crypto is not regulated. It’s regulated in the same way we regulate most financial services and other industries – by regulating the services providers and the actions taken by users. Just look at crypto companies and the licensure/registrations they maintain.

We should want to be especially smart about how we regulate these crypto companies as compared to their more traditional counterparts. There’s a key distinction to consider. In traditional financial services – say banking or brokerage or whatever – end users have no other alternative to access these services. They can’t opt out. If you want to send money across space and time, you need a bank or other financial service provider. Crypto is different. Users can receive, hold, and send their own assets themselves. It may be clunky for some, but they can do it. So there is some level of burden above which users will just not use the key nexus through which regulation is enforced. And the first ones to leave are the “bad guys” you want to be able to oversee.

I’ll also say that crypto provides new tools and abilities. For example, financial institutions can incorporate verifiable proof of reserves or to build other auditable assurances into their operations to ensure they’re solvent and doing what they say they are.

I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to thread the needle on the right regulation in the long term, and just hope we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot nearer term.

What about political and public opinion? How is Bitcoin and crypto currently being viewed and how might that affect its status and regulation?

It’s a good question. Absolutely foundational. After all, law and regulation arise out of policy objectives that take into account certain cost-benefit tradeoffs. Historically, we haven’t been able to have these serious conversations about Bitcoin or crypto here in the US because of some absolutist or ill-informed opinions. 

The most common is that there’s no use case other than speculation or illicit activity, and no reason to make any accommodations within the existing system. I do think that more recently – especially in this macro environment – there’s an increasing appreciation for the benefits that Bitcoin provides as a store of value and in terms of censorship resistance, as well as an openness to the other opportunities crypto could create in the future. There’s also starting to be some recognition that Bitcoin and crypto will continue to operate regardless, and will simply do so outside of the existing financial system if we don’t pave a path for them within it.

Another is that they’re necessarily adversarial to America somehow, or simply incompatible with our laws, regulation, and institutions. But, Bitcoin is as American as apple pie. Its values are exactly the same as American values – free speech, free association, free enterprise, individual liberty, property rights, and so on – all the principles this country was founded on and the engines for growth throughout our history. And either way, the fact is that Bitcoin exists and other countries are getting involved. It’ll be critical that the U.S. maintain a position in this emerging industry to ensure its global competitiveness and national economic security.

What is it about Kraken Bank that makes this a venture worth building? 

I do actually think that this initiative has some symbiotic elements to it, but – and maybe it’s gauche to say these days – we’re building Kraken Bank because it achieves some very clear organizational objectives of ours. 

It provides the business with better legal/regulatory positioning, improved infrastructure and resultant customer experience, and more product/market opportunities. More broadly, it supports Kraken’s mission of promoting crypto adoption to enable more financial freedom, by seamlessly connecting crypto all the way down to the bottom of the financial services stack, which is entirely buttressed by banking. It puts us in a position to help shape the future of banking and it incorporates crypto.

Finally, I’m excited to help develop the ecosystem right here in Wyoming. Banks have always played important roles and re-invested within their communities. Kraken will be no different. We’re not carpetbaggers. We want to be connected to communities where, and with which, we conduct business – and to build something special together. 

Want to help? Kraken and Kraken Bank are actively hiring, with new jobs posted periodically on the company’s careers page.  If you don’t see a role at the bank that’s right for you today, stay tuned for more listings soon!

Thank you David. 

-The Kraken Team

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8049/meet-the-kraken-bank-executive-team-ceo-david-kinitsky/

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Institutional Clients: Get Free Real-Time USD Transfers Through Signature Bank

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Institutional clients at Kraken now have a new way to transfer USD that is free, near-instant and available 24/7. The new funding option is available through our integration with the Signet™ payment platform offered by Signature Bank. 

Fees

  • Deposits: $0
  • Withdrawals: $0

Available currencies

Requirements

  • Kraken Pro business account
  • Account with Signature Bank
  • Both accounts must be under the same name

How to get started  

Note that you must have an account with Signature Bank, so the process is different depending on whether you already have an account or not. Follow the link below for complete instructions and requirements.

Learn more about Signature’s relationship with Kraken and the Signet platform in the Q&A below with Signature CEO Joseph DePaolo. 

Can you talk about your relationship with Kraken? 

We are thrilled to have been working with Kraken for almost three years. Kraken continues to showcase thought leadership and technological innovation in the digital space, which are the critical qualities we look for in a partner. Kraken not only has top security protocols in place for their clients, but also the platform has seen extreme growth recently. I am excited to see what the future holds as the exchange connects to our Bank’s Signet platform and API. 

Can you give a quick overview of the Signet Platform and how it leverages blockchain tech?

Signet is the first proprietary, blockchain-based, digital payments platform that can be integrated directly into client’s businesses and technology systems. Signature Bank launched Signet on January 1, 2019, to enable its commercial clients to make instant and free payments in U.S. dollars. 

Through Signet’s design and features, Signature Bank clients have used Signet’s API to merge their proprietary systems with the Signet platform for full transactional capabilities. These API enhancements allow clients to continue to leverage Signet’s real-time, 24/7/365 benefits and transactions safety and securely. 

Signet’s blockchain technology is largely influenced by Ethereum’s code and allows for the minting of signets, which are tokenized representations of USDs, to instantly send and settle payments between clients. However, rather than operating a public ledger where anyone has access to the transaction history, Signet is a private, closed loop blockchain for use by Signature Bank clients only.

Why did you start a niche for small businesses? What is missing among the “big banks”?

Signature Bank was founded 20 years ago with a mission to provide excellent client service and care to small- and mid-sized businesses, values that we share closely with Kraken. Our private client banking teams serve as a single point of contact to meet all clients’ banking needs – unique when compared to mega-banks where clients are typically parsed out to different departments. This single-point-of-contact approach has become the hallmark of the Signature Bank franchise.

As the Bank grew and diversified, it appointed a Digital Assets private client banking team in January 2018 to serve the rapidly evolving digital asset community. 

Kraken is proud to offer our institutional clients this fast and convenient new funding option. For more information and instructions on how you can enable Signet for your account, visit our support page here.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8020/institutional-clients-get-free-real-time-usd-transfers-through-signature-bank/

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