Article: BlockDown: DeFi institutional adoption is booming but gas fees hinder growth

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

BlockDown: DeFi institutional adoption is booming but gas fees hinder growth

Panelists at a DeFi-focused talk held at the BlockDown conference on Thursday expressed their optimism at the past and future growth of decentralized finance, but highlighted the hurdles to adoption due to congestion on Ethereum.

“Decentralization is continuing, but what we’ve started to see is more and more delivery of DeFi through custodial interfaces, through fintech. And a lot of what we do is just education, advocacy, informing people about all the excitement. […] We are very surprised, often, by the extent to which regulated institutions are already participating in DeFi.”

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Article: Distinguish “Smart Contract” From Abstract Idea To Pass Blockchain Patentability Scrutiny

Academia, Blockchain

Distinguishing to Pass Blockchain Patentability ScrutinyDistinguish “Smart Contract” From Abstract Idea To Pass Blockchain Patentability Scrutiny

Smart contracts are often mentioned in blockchain-themed patent applications and recited in claims. However, Examiners without a thorough understanding of this concept or unfamiliar with blockchain technology often equate smart contracts with legal or commercial contracts stored on blockchains. As a result, the Examiners may find claims directed to merely applying the blockchain technology to execute legal or commercial contracts, for example, as part of a commerce system, like hedging.

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Article: Blockchain Experiments Aim to Improve Waste Management

Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain Experiments Aim to Improve Waste Management

Most plastic and other waste are not recycled. However, communities around the globe are experimenting with blockchain technology to improve that process.

Waste collection essentially consists of different data points along a chain. So, it’s only natural that blockchain technology has the potential to facilitate improvements to that process.

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Article: Even Garbage Is Using Blockchain Now

Blockchain, Innovation

The startup RecycleGO plans to use blockchain to track plastics recycling in Lagos, Nigeria.Even Garbage Is Using Blockchain Now

Blockchain, a decentralized ledger for linking information, can handle vast amounts of data and is often deemed immutable, as it is very difficult to alter completed digital entries. It underpins various cryptocurrencies, including the now-surging Bitcoin, and has become the cornerstone of Web 3.0 — the next, post-Big Tech phase in the evolution of the internet. Though many of its applications are in early developmental stages, blockchain is being used to innovate fields from banking and real estate to art and now, waste management.

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Article: Is the future Bluetooth Mesh?

Autonomous Internet

Is the future Bluetooth Mesh?

Over the past two decades, Bluetooth technology has revolutionised the IoT, adding new capabilities that have enabled innovation and established new markets, from wireless audio to connected devices. And now Bluetooth mesh continues that trend by playing a pivotal role in the development of emerging markets such as smart building, smart industry, smart cities, and smart home. In the year since the release of Bluetooth mesh, more than 65 products with mesh networking capability have been qualified from leading silicon, stack, component, and end product vendors.

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