Article: Specialized workforce needed as crypto and blockchain courses enter colleges

Academia, Blockchain, Crypto

Specialized workforce needed as crypto and blockchain courses enter colleges

Although useful, it may take some time for all major universities and colleges to start offering blockchain and cryptocurrency courses. For example, Lupien noted that limited resources are a challenge for universities looking to expand their curriculum. “As a nascent technology, there are few faculty that have both the academic credentials as well as the experience to effectively teach this technology — but that is changing rapidly,” Lupien said.

Moreover, students might question the relevance of these courses due to the fact that crypto and blockchain aren’t entirely mainstream. Piergiacomo Palmisani, vice president of the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation — a nonprofit organization helping universities incorporate blockchain curriculum — told Cointelegraph that for students, the challenge is to get them interested enough to choose a career in blockchain over a safe and well-paid job in tech, finance or any other field. “I believe that, as more success stories come out of the crypto industry, students will be more attracted to it,” he said.

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Article: Democratising chip design

Design, Hardware, Open Source, Software

Democratising chip design

A potentially important initiative is US research agency DARPA’s OpenRoad initiative, with aims to build a more comprehensive set of open-source design tools. Professor Andrew Kahng of the University of California at San Diego and principal investigator on the project envisages an environment that can lay out and tune a range of chip designs automatically through a combination of machine learning and what he calls “extreme partitioning”, which divides the chip into many small independently optimised modules.

Though verification engineers have embraced various forms of open source, the stumbling blocks for its adoption get bigger the closer you get to tape-out. The biggest issue lies in the process design kits (PDKs) provided by foundries that are jealously protected by non-disclosure agreements and which forbid any sharing.

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Article: How blockchain benefits recruiters, job applicants

Blockchain, Innovation

How blockchain benefits recruiters, job applicants

For recruiters, the use of blockchain not only mitigates the risk of CV fraud, but it can also save considerable time when verifying candidate credentials such as work experience, job certifications skills or university degrees.

“It enables recruiters to make hiring decisions faster by being able to view all of a candidate’s verified credentials in one place,” said Andrew Cunsolo, senior director of product management for Jobvite. “It doesn’t eliminate the need for any background screening, but it does eliminate a lot of the time recruiters spend manually verifying candidate information.”

As nontraditional micro credentials for skill acquisition – badges, for example – have gained popularity with recruiters, blockchain also offers job applicants a way to store multiple credentials from securely in a digital ledger, or “wallet”. This gives applicants more control over their data and potential employers who can view their credentials, providing better data privacy.

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Article: Open Hardware: Open-Source Sharing of Hardware Specifications

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Open Hardware: Open-Source Sharing of Hardware Specifications

While RISC-V has a BSD open source license, designers are welcome to develop proprietary implementations for commercial use as they see fit. RISC-V offers a variety of commercial benefits, enabling companies to accelerate development time while also reducing strategic risk and overall costs.”

Ted Marena, RISC-V ecosystem director for Western Digital, said that “open-source collaboration is well-advanced in the software world, and Linux has demonstrated the power behind that movement. I believe that hardware will start to ride a similar wave, and you’ll see organizations start sharing. They may not share everything, but as they incrementally offer up more and more solutions into the ecosystem, there’s going to be a broader benefit.”

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Article: The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Hardware

The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

A blockchain database is typically decentralized, meaning that it is collectively controlled by its participants rather than a single person or entity. This could facilitate a truly decentralized peer-to-peer energy system. Additionally, the information stored in blockchains is unchangeable, and the identity of participants is ensured through a unique identifier. This solves the issue of record keeping and tracking. It also offers additional possibilities in distributed energy management like the issuing of carbon tokens to offset an individual’s carbon footprint.

Article: Computational storage: A Computer Weekly analysis series

Hardware, Open Source

Computational storage: A Computer Weekly analysis series

“Computational storage is defined as architectures that provide Computational Storage Functions (CSF) coupled to storage, offloading host processing or reducing data movement. These architectures enable improvements in application performance and/or infrastructure efficiency through the integration of compute resources (outside of the traditional compute & memory architecture) either directly with storage or between the host and the storage. The goal of these architectures is to enable parallel computation and/or to alleviate constraints on existing compute, memory, storage and I/O.”

Article: Why Business Leaders Should Prepare For The Shift To Decentralization

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Why Business Leaders Should Prepare For The Shift To Decentralization

I’m still amazed when I look at my own company. Although the pandemic forced our decentralization, we have the kind of culture that allows our employees to learn and understand what they need to do and we trust them to make the right decision. They quickly built a new set of processes, and we continued to make steady progress.

Done well, decentralization is a much more resilient, reliable and scalable system than a centralized system. Whether it’s at a country, community, major corporation or small business level, decentralization is coming. Those that prepare for and embrace it will be the winners in this next decade.

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Article: Blockchain Floated As A Solution For Medical Data Hacks

Blockchain, Cyber-Security, Data

Blockchain Floated As A Solution For Medical Data Hacks

Ally Medina, director of the Blockchain Advocacy Coalition in California, said that using verifiable credentials could be the solution. With this model, patients are the only people with access to information.

Verifiable credentials are the digital form of physical identification. Exchanging health records using verifiable credentials ensures health records have been transferred from doctor to patient. It does not store the record itself, making it an advocated option for new health tech companies.

Third parties holding personal information spark cybersecurity concerns, but verifiable credentials make hacking more difficult. The most recent technology developments are for proof of Covid-19 testing or vaccination.

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Article: Decentralizing The Internet: The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Decentralizing The Internet: The Hitchhiker’s Guide

I hope this article provides value in the exploration of decentralization. As simple as it is to understand the need for decentralized exchanges, the implementation of decentralized systems, networks, sites, and applications will not be a quick and easy task. The current complexities of decentralized systems only makes use for those with advanced knowledge in leveraging these systems and may prove challenges to ordinary internet users. And although we notice the gaps needed to be filled in order to fight against centralized big tech monopolies, the responsibility is held on the shoulders of developers building internet applications today. The advantages of decentralized networks are appearing for the future of the internet as free control of data, information flow, and preservation of media content become more important. I truly believe the internet is meant to be open, fair, transparent, and decentralized and I hope internet users begin realize these importances.

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Article: Blockchain’s Disruptive Potential in Academia is Massive

Academia, Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain’s Disruptive Potential in Academia is Massive

Blockchain has been receiving considerable attention from a score of industries and audiences due to its promises of immutable, decentralized, and verifiable data management. Despite these characteristics offering a substantial draw for both academia and other industries, it is the social benefits of a trustless system enabling seamless peer-to-peer interaction within a decentralized network, that academic institutions have latched onto. Is there a need for blockchain adoption within universities?