Blockchain bots: Why we need a decentralised and open AI future

Blockchain bots: Why we need a decentralised and open AI future

My article in the International Business Times… Blockchain bots: Why we need a decentralised and open AI future Nathan Shedroff is Executive Director at Seed Vault Ltd By Nathan Shedroff November 14, 2017 12:02 GMT Today, if you want to engage with Artificial Intelligence your options are limited. You might have access to Amazon’s Alexa or perhaps a bot delivered through Facebook Messenger. What’s almost certain is that you’ll be talking or chatting with one of the five Internet giants and their AI systems behind the scenes. This isn’t all bad, as those companies have designed some powerful systems that will make our lives considerably easier and arguably more interesting. But I’m worried. Seriously worried. We saw this same path trodden with social media and web 2.0, where we happily signed over rights to our data without receiving anything beyond the digital products in return. This deal has created the world’s most valuable companies in Google and Facebook with a typical Facebook user’s data representing approximately $300 a month in advertising revenue. Just consider that for a moment. $300 a month is akin to the money a typical British family spends on overseas travel every year. In fact, the Office for National Statistics finds the average UK household spends somewhere in the region of £2,800 annually on overseas travel. I think this situation is wrong and we mustn’t repeat it with the next phase of the internet. In a future where chat and conversational bots provide the interface to highly valuable AI systems, there’s a host of new data up for grabs. A ‘multimodal’ conversational bot receives data from...
Everything Grows From SEED

Everything Grows From SEED

For the past 6 months, I’ve been working on a fascinating and exciting new project. I’ve dipped more than my toes into the digital currency world, I’ve dived in and started swimming around. We just launched a digital currency initiative called SEED intending to build a token and network to democratize bots and CUIs (conversational user interfaces). I truly believe that CUIs will do for computer what GUIs did to the command line interface: tons more users, uses, and services. I also think that we’re at a critical time when interfaces to AI-related technologies may fall firmly in the exclusive grasp of a few multinationals that have the resources to dominate, own, and effectively regulate this important technology....
Business Today Needs Deanna Troi

Business Today Needs Deanna Troi

When Paramount debuted Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, it included not only new characters but new roles for those who commanded Starfleet ships. Among the most original was the character of Deanna Troi, ship’s “counselor.” Many, including the writers for the show, weren’t quite sure what to make of this new role. It was part psychologist, part diplomat, part lie-detector, part-HR Director, and more than a little part eye-candy (she was originally supposed to have four breasts). This role was so misunderstood, that the character didn’t even appear in some of the first season’s episodes....
Blind Spot the Trailer

Blind Spot the Trailer

JJ Hadley made an excellent trailer to talk about why our new book is so important to business: www.vimeo.com/192042612
Blind Spot finally published

Blind Spot finally published

This book has been five years in the making, rewritten (from scratch) four times, and has finally shipped! My co-authors, Steve Diller and Sean Sauber, have worked tirelessly on it with me and it’s time to share it with the world. Douglas Rushkoff was kind enough to write a fantastic foreword to it, too! The description tells part of the story but, really, this book is about a new way of doing business—starting with valuing relationships in a new way. After all, that’s all you can really count on in business (if you’re building for anything but the extremely short term). No relationships, no value to derive, exchange, or “monetize.” We’ve even put the illustrations online at Flickr for use in your own presentations. There’s more information at the book site but here’s the Table of Contents to peruse: Foreword by Douglas Rushkoff Chapter 1. A World of Hidden Value Chapter 2. Defining a Business Relationship Chapter 3. Visualizing Relationships Chapter 4. Finding Opportunities in Relationships Chapter 5. Becoming by Doing Chapter 6. Distancing and Team Structure Chapter 7. Discovering Chapter 8. Deciding Chapter 9. Declaring Chapter 10. Designing Chapter 11. Delivering Chapter 12. A World of Premium Value...