• Media,  People

    Re FTX, SBF Should STFU

    New Yorker story reveals Bankman-Fried people with legitimate arguments to raise, but they’re doing it wrong

    Sheelah Kolhatkar’s comprehensive and thoughtful examination of Sam Bankman-Fried and his parents in this week’s New Yorker deserves consideration even by those who, like myself, have read every single word about this case. Kolhatkar was one of the journalists who had enjoyed consistent, welcoming access to Bankman-Fried while he was on bail at his parents’ house in Palo Alto. That access ended with Bankman-Fried’s decision to share private writings by his former girlfriend and now cooperating witness Caroline Ellison with the New York Times. I have already shared that I cannot stand the way even a punk-ass bitch like Bankman-Fried has been pre-judged by an angry society. But his decision…

  • AI,  Cryptocurrencies,  Privacy

    Controversial Worldcoin Scans Retinas at ETH NYC, Skips Over its Messy History

    Is Big Brother attempting to recruit all the young devs?

    In our ongoing series exploring the increasing intersections of blockchain and AI, we’ve highlighted both novel approaches to combining the two exponential technologies in sectors like healthcare that impact everyone, as well as how blockchain can ensure both privacy and transparency. The latter is particularly important given the risks posed by AI — its potential to eliminate millions of jobs, including those previously deemed more immune to technology, the acceleration of deep fakes that threaten our increasingly slippery hold on what is true, the reduction in the ability of humans to control weapons of mass destruction and more. (And as evidence that these are collective concerns, when you type “biggest…

  • Politics,  Regulation

    FTX CEO Comes After SBF Parents

    Bankman and Fried sued by John Ray for alleged lavish treatment

    There’s a Rodney Dangerfield joke, “My high school was tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family.” We’re now seeing a little bit of that toughness directed at Bankman, Fried and Bankman-Fried family members. Over the weekend, a BusinessWeek cover story ran with the headline “How Sam Bankman-Fried’s Elite Parents Enabled His Crypto Empire.” The story itself was not so bad and there’s no smoking gun — it’s 5,000 words of high-powered parents advising their privileged son. Hardly surprising to anyone who’s followed this case or knew of his parents, whom BusinessWeek says, “both renowned Stanford scholars, [they] opened doors for their son and provided a halo effect…

  • AI,  Healthcare,  Security

    Revolutionizing Healthcare with Blockchain and AI

    How companies are ensuring privacy, transparency and efficiency in critical areas

    Part two of this series exploring the growing intersections of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) illustrated how this combination is  transforming the blockchain ecosystem. The convergence is growing across a number of industries, and healthcare is a prime example. It’s also a fast-growing one. According to Morgan Stanley, the industry’s average estimated budget allocation to AI is projected to grow from 5.7% in 2022 to 10.5% in 2024. Similarly, blockchain’s market size in healthcare was valued at $1.97 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at an eye-popping CAGR of 68% from 2023 to 2030. These growth predictions are unsurprising since, used properly, blockchain and AI can be excellent…