• Uphold kick over banking
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Technology

    J.P. Thieriot wants to kick over finance as you know it

    Digital money platform Uphold lets users trade everything from bitcoins and stock to gold and carbon emission credits—and put them on a debit card

    It’s an ambitious—to say the least—goal for the trading app company, which in September added the ability to trade fractional shares of 50 U.S.-based stocks to its list of 36 cryptocurrencies, 27 fiat currencies, four precious metals and—as of Dec. 1—tokenized carbon offset credits.

  • Ben Goertzel AI into DeFi
    Ethereum,  Innovators,  Technology

    Ben Goertzel is putting artificial intelligence into decentralized finance

    SingularityNET’s founder discusses his new DAO, sci-fi level AI coming to crypto finance, his frustration with Ethereum, and embrace of Cardano

    Decentralized AI marketplace SingularityNET has announced a new DeFi project called SingularityDAO. Modern Consensus caught up with founder and CEO Ben Goertzel via Google Hangouts to learn more about this new project, his company’s recently announced Cardano partnership, and when he thinks we’ll have superintelligent artificial intelligence.

  • Polymarket raises $4M
    Innovators,  Technology

    With $4M round, Polymarket predicts success

    Can Shayne Coplan’s prediction market turn bets into information? Investors like Olaf Carlson-Wee’s Polychain and Naval Ravikant are wagering yes

    Blockchain-based prediction markets like Polymarket allow people to bet on real world events—essentially making them put their money where their mouth is on questions ranging from who will win a presidential debate to whether Drake will release a new studio album this year. Broadly, the idea to use the free market to get better and more accurate information than is available through the tornado of misinformation and bias unleashed by social media.

  • Dorsey Bitcoin inherently political
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin is inherently political

    In criticizing Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s refusal to endorse BLM, Jack Dorsey argues that political activism is in crypto’s DNA

    Jack Dorsey suggested in a tweet sent on Sept. 30 that Bitcoin cannot be separated from political activism, which makes Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s decision to not take a position on the Black Lives Matter movement pointless.