Author: @jayfarei

Trust

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In this post, I summarise some of my notes on the work of Rachel Botsman on Trust. Botsman is the co-author of ‘What’s Mine Is Yours’, which was part of the inspiration behind one of my previous posts (The Sharing Economy – link). She has equally interesting TED talks in sharing...

Notes on Scrum

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What is Scrum? Scrum is an Agile development framework that allows teams to adapt to the changing nature of requirements. It does this by delivering software in small pieces that can be used to garner feedback from stakeholders and, ultimately, users via rapid iterations. Scrum can be compared to an...

Notes on Corda

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Corda: An Introduction A White paper by Richard Gendal Brown, James Carlyle, Ian Grigg, Mike Hearn August, 2016   Below my bullet points summary of the White paper. Introduction: Eliminate effort to keep disparate ledgers synchronised Parties to financial agreements record them once and collaborate to maintain accurate shared records...

SMART Contracts

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Let’s talk about law and innovation, specifically legal contracts and what they could look like in the future. This post is inspired by, and partially based on, a research paper from Barclays and the University College London on Smart contract templates (link). In the next few paragraphs, you’ll find my...

Differential Privacy: I don’t want to know, do I?

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The rush towards machine learning among big tech companies (and not only) is pushing progress in a variety of domains. How to handle privacy is one of those, which can be beneficial for other applications that uses big data (or more simply private information) to give back value to the...

Blockchain Lottery

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Here’s a piece that I took out from the previous post to further expand: How can we reach consensus between parties that don’t necessarily know each other, definitively don’t trust each other and might very well be untrustworthy? Let’s start with what we have today, a traditional transaction (A to B) usually...

Blockchain: Hype or Radical innovation?

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In the past year interest in blockchain has soared (see Google trends), VC funding in Blockchain breached the 1bn milestone, 500mln only in 2015 but we still have to see familiarity with this technology across the financial industry. The goal of this article is to try, according to my own understanding, to address the opening...