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I went to Bermuda a few times as a kid, and I always remember the pink sand. Hearing about it from the local administration though, it sounds like an even better paradise for cryptocurrency. It's also only a 2.5 hour flight from NY, which is PRETTY APPEALING! Hear the answers to some questions you too probably have about what the benefits are to setting up shop in Bermuda? How does it compare to the rest of the Caribbean? It's always a challenge to find the most cutting edge jurisdiction, but the benefit of working in blockchain is that you're not physically limited to where you are, at least not forever! Listen on as I chat with Denis Pitcher and Wayne Smith from Bermuda to learn more about the regulatory environment and ecosystem.

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The Government of Bermuda consists of a Governor, a Deputy Governor, a Cabinet, and a Legislature based on two legislative chambers '“ a Senate and a House of Assembly.

Denis Pitcher is a tech co-founder and architect and his responsibility is to act as a technology visionary to pair his expertise in software design and development with his company's vision and goals.

Denis's task is to understand and combine a good user experience with adequate architecture of software and technology solutions to ensure business continuity and scalability. He evokes agile and customer development principles to put a process around the development of their product and continuously test their vision. This is built on a foundation of leading software development and architecture practices to ensure that they can react quickly to pivoting requirements and volatility in their business.


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'œIf someone came to me today and said should I put my money in this or banks I'd say no, you should keep your money in the bank, banks are better than we are today.''" Brock Pierce

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Wednesday 13th Feb, 2019

Brock Pierce'hmmm'

A man with a questionable history in Bitcoin and wrapped up in the Mt. Gox story. With Gox Rising Brock has a plan to help creditors but what are his incentives? The creditors I have spoken to universally think he isn't helping yet Brock claims to only want to help the creditors receive their civil rehabilitation and ensure Mark Karpelƒs gets nothing.

I'll leave this interview out there for others to judge'

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The Blockchain Education Network is an organization helping students interact with cryptocurrency for years now. Upon seeing Eric Pinos at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, I know I had to get an update for the audience. How does this group work exactly? Can your business support their efforts? What are the students learning? Listen in to get more info on BEN, and maybe about getting a chapter started in your local university or college! Special thanks to our sponsor Metal Pay, where if you use the code TatianaShow, you can earn even more when you sign up.

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The Blockchain Education Network (BEN) is on a mission to educate and empower students excited about blockchain technology across the world. BEN is made up of students and alumni who are creating bitcoin and blockchain clubs on their academic campuses. By exploring this socioeconomic experiment within the safety of their peers, students build new expectations and innovations. In aggregate, the combined effort of all these clubs creates a rich web of interconnected blockchain hubs across the world. Impact global evolution through local initiatives.


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While we were at The North American Bitcoin Conference we caught up with Jason King and Amandah Hendricks, for an upbeat fun conversation about the state of bitcoin and the success of Kingsland University of Blockchain.

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The Blockchain Education Network is an organization helping students interact with cryptocurrency for years now. Upon seeing Eric Pinos at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, I know I had to get an update for the audience. How does this group work exactly? Can your business support their efforts? What are the students learning? Listen in to get more info on BEN, and maybe about getting a chapter started in your local university or college! Special thanks to our sponsor Metal Pay, where if you use the code TatianaShow, you can earn even more when you sign up.

About the Guests:

The Blockchain Education Network (BEN) is on a mission to educate and empower students excited about blockchain technology across the world. BEN is made up of students and alumni who are creating bitcoin and blockchain clubs on their academic campuses. By exploring this socioeconomic experiment within the safety of their peers, students build new expectations and innovations. In aggregate, the combined effort of all these clubs creates a rich web of interconnected blockchain hubs across the world. Impact global evolution through local initiatives.


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TatianaMoroz.com

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Blockchainedu.org

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'œWe expect more from this position, that is why we usually put people in these elevated positions, to be able to make the right decisions and Mark kind of ended up there more by accident.' '" Kim Nilsson

Interview Location: Skype

Interview Date: Wednesday 20th Feb, 2019

Company: WizSec

Role: Chief Engineer

Mark Karpeles has had many accusations thrown at him since the collapse of Mt. Gox, including being the architect of the theft himself. Many people were angry with him at the time, and many still are, but as more information surfaces about the history of the exchange, a different picture has emerged.

Indeed, Mark made mistakes which cost users of the website hundreds of millions of dollars. But is everything attributable to him? Kim Nilsson's investigation into the chain of events surrounding the collapse of Mt. Gox highlights that Mark likely inherited an insolvent exchange and was unable to cope with the challenges of a rapidly expanding business under constant attack.

In this interview, I talk to Kim about his report, his opinions on the numerous hacks during the history of Mt. Gox and his views on Mark, Jed McCaleb, Brock Pierce and Peter Vessenes.

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'œWhen this all happened I hated Mark, but now I don't because I understand a lot more about what went on.' '" Daniel Kelman

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Tuesday 12th Feb, 2019

Company: OceanEx

Role: Chief Strategy Officer

The victims of Mt. Gox are the creditors, those who lost their Bitcoin when the company entered into bankruptcy arrangements. For years they have battled for a fair civil rehabilitation plan and suffered delay after delay.

Under Japanese law, the creditors were due the Yen value off their holding at the date of bankruptcy, to be paid out from the 200,000 Bitcoins which were found by Mark Karpeles after first suspecting all the Bitcoin were gone.

The process of rehabilitation has been held up by the lawsuit from Peter Vessenes from Coinlab, and during the wait, the price of Bitcoin has risen sharply. Under Japanese law, after creditors have been paid, the remaining value in the company is due to the shareholders, this being Mark Karpeles (88%) and Jed McCaleb (12%), which would have made Mark a billionaire.

To their credit, neither Mark nor Jed wants to receive this money, and the creditors have fought to have the remaining Bitcoin redistributed to them. In this interview, I walk with the lawyer, Daniel Kelman, the architect of the civil rehabilitation plan for Mt.Gox creditors. We discuss this as well as the claims from Brock Pierce and Peter Vessenes.

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Artificial Intelligence is often misunderstood. And much like blockchain, those who fiercely stand by the technology believe it will change the world for the better. Others fear the negative repercussions it could bring it and would rather see it disappear.

We're joined by Ben Goertzel. Ben's interest in AI and robotics date back to his childhood and he has made these his life-long passion and work. He is the CEO of SingularityNET, a company building a marketplace for AIs which leverages blockchain. He is also Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics who has brought us the now famous Sophia robot. When he's not building blockchains and robots, he leads the OpenCog open-source AI framework and is Chair of Humanity +, an organization which focuses on technology and ethics.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Ben's background as a mathematician and his lifelong passion for AI and robotics
  • What is AI, AGI and machine learning, and how these technologies differ
  • What is the killer application for AI
  • The problem of data and power centralization as it relates to AI
  • AI safety and with what we should be most concerned when it comes to AI dominance
  • Hanson Robotics and the Sophia robot
  • How blockchains and AI are relevant to each other
  • The role of AI in blockchain governance and the potential for AI systems to compete amongst each other
  • What is SingularityNET and what the company is building

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'œI am very sorry about the way things went; I wish I could go back and fix things. There is only so much I can do so I just continue helping and making sure people get as much as help as they can.' '" Mark Karpelƒs

Interview location: Tokyo

Interview date: Saturday 16th Feb, 2019

Company: Mt. Gox

Role: CEO

The shadow of Mt. Gox still hangs over Bitcoin some five years after it collapsed. At the time it held 7% of all Bitcoin in circulation and was the primary exchange for Bitcoin traders. It was reported that 850,000 Bitcoins had been stolen, of which 750,000 were customer coins and 100,000 were owned by Mt. Gox, though 200,000 were later found.

In the five years since, more and more information, research and analysis has pointed at a chaotic operation with poor security procedures, yet opinions range. Some label Mark anything from incompetent to a straight up fraudster while others sympathise with the challenges faced by running the worlds first Bitcoin exchange.

In this interview, I talk to Mark about the collapse of Mt. Gox, how he acquired it from Jed McCaleb, the process of civil rehabilitation and how Brock Pierce and Coinlab are holding up the distribution of funds to the creditors.

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What would the three branches of the government look like...on the blockchain? This week, we continue our discussion on crypto governance with Storecoin, backed by Blocktower and Arrington XRP Capital, to find out.

Founder Chris McCoy and I touch on:

Why 1-coin-1-vote doesn't workHow to creates a p2p democracy and its tradeoffsWhether a system of checks and balances makes senseHost: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi)

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