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Distributed Discussions: A BlockChain Natural Fit

Free discussion on the internet is under more threat now than it has ever been, whether it be from governments or corporations. A new platform for public discussion that is resistant to single points of failure or control is quickly becoming essential to ensure free expression and public dialogue. To prevent there from being anyone in control of the platform and thus able to destroy its primary principle, a decentralized peer to peer discussion platform seems most workable. Mechanisms need to be built to allow completely open and community/individually driven organization, moderation, and curation. The emergence of blockchain shows that a distributed database can work for public dissemination of information, and a variation of blockchain might be the key for making this a reality.

Mike Abegg | Read Full Paper

The Value of Version Control

Despite many years of version control maturity, it remains an intimidating tool for many at a conceptual level. But its utility, efficiency, and applications far outweigh any cost it might incur. Easily automated backups, infinite potential to restore old or overwritten code, and of course unparalleled convenience in parallelized coding make it a must-have tool for the professional developer. Git in particular provides a level of flexibility that is worth exploring for individual developers, teams, and organizations of any scale.

Ryan Isbell | Read Full Paper

Robo-Advisors: Algorithm Driven Wealth Management

A decade ago online automated investment services known as robo-advisors appeared on the financial planning landscape. This technology powered by AI and algorithms was leveraged by a handful of innovative fintech (financial technology) companies and has expanded to include some of the more well known investment firms. This white paper is a case study on robo-advisors and their impact on the wealth management industry.

Tom Badura | Read Full Paper