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Nick Ayton

General Partner at Solarix-Ventures Ltd

London, United Kingdom

10929 Followers

Nick is a global thought leader on Deep Tech - Quantum Computing, AI, Blockchain and has been at the heart of the decentralised crypto revolution since 2013. A sought after speaker Nick is a prolific writer and is making a TV series about the existential threat of AI. He has built a crypto exchange and designed and built several production Blockchains for his clients. His new ventures fund Solarix Ventures focuses of Deep Tech and finding Next Generation Technologies and founders. Nick has worked with Family Offices. and c- organising some of the worlds largest family offices events in Monaco, Dubai and elsewhere. He invests in leading tech and serves as a board members across a range of industries. His passion is Quantum Computing where he is involved at the cutting edge of quantum photonic silicon processing at room temperature. He is writing is also writing a book on why decentralised operating models always win!

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London, Dubai, Vienna, New York, Singapore
Speaking Topics: Deep tech, Quantum Computing, Existential Threat of AI, 4th Wealth Creation Revolution, Decentralised Business Models...

Speaking Fee $10,000 (In-Person)

Personal Speaking Website: www.nickayton.com
Nick Ayton Points
Academic 5
Author 186
Influencer 677
Speaker 202
Entrepreneur 0
Total 1070

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

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Featured Videos

19 JUNE 2019 - Monaco - Nick Ayton talks about Deep Tech Investing
March 03, 2021
Annual Investment Meeting Dubai 2018 - Blockchain
March 03, 2021
For CEO Magazine Dubai 2019 - Blockchain a legitimate technology
March 03, 2021

Featured Topics

The Rise of Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is an entirely new technology that changes everything. What will be the impact? How can commerce prepare for what is the come? Ideas, thoughts and insights... When will Quantum Computers breech modern encryption systems (RSA) and what can be done now... Understanding the basics of Quantum Computing that delivers a brute force millions of times more powerful than any classical computer.

Why Decentralised Business Models will always win

Decentralised Business models that use Blockchain and DLTs have significant advantages over their centralised equivalents. Find out why? How to design them? What are the core principles? Examples of business models? The principles of digital assets and new stores of value. The architectures that work best, the consensus and the core difference between a Blockchain and a Decentralised Ledger technology.

Bespoke

You decide what you want me to talk about within the realms of Deep Tech and I will put together an impactful, informative and meaningful talk, with supporting research and deck... Providing an historical context, the journey to this point, where we are now and what we can expect from the future...

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Venture Fund backing Deep Tech, Next Gen Tech - Blockchain, AI, Quantum Computing
Theatre: US, EU, Mena, GCC
Media Experience: 30 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 34.55
AR/VR 31.31
Blockchain 96.57
Business Strategy 30.98
Cryptocurrency 93.19
Cybersecurity 30.15
Design Thinking 30.28
Emerging Technology 38.26
FinTech 46.80
IoT
Leadership 30.03
Mergers and Acquisitions
Quantum Computing 100
Renewable Energy
Sales 30.56
Startups 31.81
Supply Chain
Sustainability
Digital Transformation 30.05
Digital Disruption 30.62
Social 30.12
Entrepreneurship 35.14
Customer Experience 30.20
Culture 30.05
Diversity and Inclusion 30.17
Legal and IP 30.29
Ecosystems 30.21
Change Management 30.12
COVID19 31.16
Retail 30.13
Innovation 30.17
Analytics 30.29
Future of Work 30.05
Digital Twins 30.79
Climate Change 30.25
Metaverse 37.78
Health and Wellness 30.09
NFT 33.76
Predictive Analytics 30.04
HealthTech 30.10

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Automotive
Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Insurance
Media
Retail
Travel & Transportation

Publications

40 Article/Blogs
The next evolution - The Internet of Feelings
Medium
October 19, 2022
The convergence of #Web3, #MetaVerse and next generation bioware will deliver a pay-gi-cal existence where people can live between the physical and dial realms all at once.

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Tags: Metaverse, NFT, Quantum Computing

My house talks to me and tells me what's going on, looks after my wellfare, does yours?
Medium
April 14, 2022
The evolution of smart homes is where the house looks after its occupants, monitors and controls the house. By injecting a new operating system into the fabric of the building at the atomic level.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Health and Wellness

What's the one question we all think about but dont really want the answer?
Medium
April 13, 2022
How long do we have? What if you found out there was a test that would tell you how much runways you have left?

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Big trends and moves in Quantum Computing during 2022
Import from medium.com
January 02, 2022
What can we expect from one of my favourite Deep Tech subjects — Quantum Computing, Sensing and Communications and Quantum everything…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Scientists and AI have created the first synthetic LIFEFORM!
Import from medium.com
December 31, 2021
In this case synthetic also means organic…would Mary Shelley be proud?Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

10 Quantum Computer Use Cases that will change the world by 2030…
Import from medium.com
December 03, 2021
Lots of people speculate the impact Quantum Computers will have by 2030, which is less than a decade away, we are witnessing the…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

The next pandemic nobody is talking about - is here...
Medium
November 19, 2021
The met averse is about the accelerate mental health to new levels, but why is nobody concerned...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology

The next pandemic is already upon us and it’s not what you think…
Import from medium.com
November 18, 2021
Why is nobody talking about this…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

CriminalAI is already stealing your ID and digital self
Medium
November 18, 2021
A deep dive into the next crime wave - CriminalAI... If you've not heard, then its probably too late...

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing, Digital Twins

The next wave of Criminal AI is here…and there is nothing you can do about it…
Import from medium.com
November 17, 2021
You’re going to be replaced by ‘mimics’ — software routines, Bots and insertions that already impersonate you…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

The real issue with AI
Medium
November 10, 2021
Explore the deterministic world of AI and the probabilistic world of neural nets and how one can help the other...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, FinTech

PhilanthroCapitalism is much more than a mouthful to say…
Import from medium.com
October 29, 2021
There are few words harder to say, or movements gaining momentum like “Philanthropic Capitalism” especially after a few sherbets.Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

PhilanthroCapitalism more than just difficult to say
Medium
October 29, 2021
Exploring the big investment shift towards doing good and PhilanthroCapitalism, social transition and...

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing, Climate Change

The three trends reshaping Family Office Investment decisions…
Import from medium.com
October 27, 2021
Shifting sands — are Family Offices refocusing their Investment approachContinue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Three trends impacting Family Office investing
medium
October 27, 2021
Exploring the new generation of families and what floats their boat.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Investors are looking for the next Bitcoin…
Import from medium.com
August 28, 2021
Have we found the god protocol?Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Investors are looking for the next Bitcoin
Medium
August 28, 2021
Have we discovered the new God protocol the next Bitcoin, and yes its early enough this time to invest in, if you were miffed you didn't get in early on Bitcoin.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

The SolarWinds hack — the debate and recriminations rages on…
Import from medium.com
August 10, 2021
With the rise of more Ransomware attacks — the most recent hitting Silicon Valley VC firms, I decided to re-post this reminder.Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Forget NFT’s - its time to do it properly with Non Fungible Assets (NFAs)
Medium
August 04, 2021
Look, I’ve been warning of the inherent risks and problems with NFTs and have explained why the current NFT solutions that use the current iteration of blockchains do not, and cannot work for a whole multitude of reasons. Mostly because a ‘token’ is completely worthless and it isn’t linked to the thing, asset, picture, the piece of art, you think you have purchased.

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Tags: Cryptocurrency, FinTech, NFT

A new Music Industry model has pulled into the station that will pass control of everything back to the Artists…
Medium
August 03, 2021
A new Music Industry model, a new Walkman, iTune moment is facing the music industry with smart data and blockchain that will hand back control to the artists and the fans.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Disruption

Why tech sectors is the hottest investor sector
Medium
March 17, 2021
2021 is the bounce back year for travel and tourism... What are the trends, why is travel tech a mega trends

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

THE SOLARWINDS HACK – THE DEBATE AND RECRIMINATIONS RAGES ON…
Irish Tech Times
March 05, 2021
Nick Ayton explores and digs into the Solarwinds hack which reveals a profound issues in Cyber Security.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity

Quantum Realms — the Hype and the Potential
Medium
February 16, 2021
Nick Ayton explore the potential of Quantum Computing and its potential to deliver for humanity...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

The lie that is Digital Transformation and 'going digital'​...
LinkedIn
February 04, 2021
Back in 2016 on a very wet and rainy day, I delivered a keynote to the Chief Digital Officers event in London, where the theme of the event was to discuss the revelations that was the next big thing — Digital Transformation…and I couldn’t believe the complete tosh I was hearing.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Leadership

The Race for Quantum Standards...
Medium
January 21, 2021
Nick Ayton compares the race for Quantum Standards with the VHS and Betamax battle for standards and supremacy in the 1980's.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Computers Is a Direct Threat Today to All Forms of Cryptography Used to Defend Our Data, Our Information, and Our Assets.
Medium
January 19, 2021
Quantum Computing is rapidly advancing towards the tipping point where all forms of encryption will be broken. However there are things you can do now to protect your information assets...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

7 Quantum Comporting Predictions 2021
Medium
January 04, 2021
The predictions for Quantum Computing we expect to see in 2021

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Why Covid has changed customer behaviours - analysis
medium
December 01, 2020
Analysis of post covid consumer trends.

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Tags: COVID19, Customer Experience, Retail

FilmThe 5 things you need to know about making a Film or TV Series
medium
March 23, 2020
FilmThe 5 things you need to know about making a Film or TV Series

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

The 5 Things about Quantum Computing you need to know
Medium
March 21, 2020
Nick Ayton discusses the 5 things your need to know about Quantum Computing

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

How Wall Street stole Bitcoin from the people in a coordinated effort of Fear and Greed?
medium
December 10, 2019
How wall street like to control everything and Bitcoin

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Tags: Blockchain, FinTech

The 4th Wealth Creation Revolution has arrived...
Medium
July 01, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses the 4th Wealth Creation revolution which is Quantum AI that follows steam, electricity and transistors...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

It is time for the people to invoke Article 61 — The Lawful Rebellion
Medium
April 11, 2019
An article that has 100k views pre BREXIT that discusses the people rights and obligations to invoke Article 61 - The Lawful Rebellion.

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Tags: Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Legal and IP

How to raise capital in the Covid19 crisis…
Medium
April 09, 2019
How to raise capital in a pandemic...?

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Tags: Blockchain, COVID19, FinTech

Has the USA already lost the battle for Ai Supremacy to China?
Medium
October 16, 2018
Nick Ayton explores the competitive position between USA and China in the new 'arms race' for Quantum AI supremacy...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

The Bitcoin Generation
Irish Tech News
June 19, 2018
The story of Bitcoin, your ticket to the greatest show on earth, that parallels the 1960's revolution that gave us the mini skirt, rock music, Kings Road, rebellion and sexual liberty.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Social

Why is Bitcoin volatile
Cointelegraph
June 08, 2018
Nick Ayton explores Bitcoin volatility for Cointelegraph. The answer is simple..

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton writer and London Correspondent for CoinTelegraph - Blockchain for competitive advantage

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies with Conscience Pave Way Into Machine 2 Machine World
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Writer for Cointelegraph on Blockchain

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Five Most Confusing Things About Bitcoin That Hold Back Its Adoption
Cointelegraph
November 17, 2016
As writer and London correspondent for Cointelegraph Nick Ayton wrote many pieces on Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Things are hotting up for Bitcoin. But is terminology holding it back?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

1 Book
HSAH# pilot episode
IMDB
November 19, 2019
Written and produced by Nick Ayton - A new TV Series starts with HSAH# filmed in 2019 in shoreditch

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

1 Book Foreword
Quantum Computing - The Transformative Technology of the Qubit Bevolution
Irish Tech News
May 20, 2021
Book review by Nick Ayton. Published in Irish Tech News. A new business book on Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

14 Keynotes
Unite Dubai - Changing the narrative
You Tube
October 12, 2021
Our Family Office event where the narrative has shifted to PhilanthroCapitalism, Social Transition

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

How real time insights is changing Consumer Retail?
AIBC
May 26, 2021
The pencea is predicting consumer/customer behaviours, getting ahead, knowing when they want to buy, when they are most receptive... Real time ML algo's and AI...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

AI in Medtech
AIBC
May 25, 2021
The influence and advancement of AI and Machine Learning in Medtech and medical devices.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

How real time insights is changing consumer retail?
AIBC Summit
May 01, 2021
Keynote focusing on the use of predictive technology that can react to consumer needs in real time...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

AI in Medicine and MedTech
AIBC Summits
May 01, 2021
Exploring the advancement of AI in medical products and services? The influence of ML and Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Themes: Deep Technologies and Commerce
CNBC
March 02, 2021
A series of keynote to 400+ Family Offices between 2017 and 2020 delivering a range of tech topics.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies - digital assets and investing
Quantum Computing - 4th Wealth Creation Revolution
AI and Deep Fake - end of democracy

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Nick Ayton talks Deep tech Investing
You Tube
June 19, 2019
19 JUNE 2019 - Monaco - Nick Ayton talks about Deep Tech Investing to 500 Family Offices in Monaco

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Trusted Family Office Advisers
You Tube
June 09, 2019
Summary of Chainstarter Ventures Ltd Global Family Office activities in 2019

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Day 1 Pyeonchang Blockchain Summit South Korea
You Tube
February 04, 2019
Nick Ayton was asked to advise the South Korean government specifically on Blockchain and designing their updated Healthcare systemm

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

A Guide to Investing in Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Tech: Why & Where to Begin?
You Tube
June 27, 2018
Nick Ayton Keynote delivered at the Global Family Office event. ChainStarter.org
6th Global Family Office Investment Summit
27-29 June 2018. Le Meridian Beach Plaza Hotel, Monaco, Monte Carlo

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

SVK Crypto London biggest Blockchain Meetup - Nick Ayton Keynote
SVK Crypto
January 26, 2018
Nick Ayton delivers a keynote on the state of play in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain community.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Blockchain Expo - Sanata Clara
You tube
November 30, 2017
Nick Ayton Blockchain evangelist Chairing and Delivering a series of Keynotes at Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara California. Starting with Fintech

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Blockchain Expo Santa Clara Calif...
You tune
November 30, 2017
Nick Ayton chairs and delivers keynotes at the Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara, California.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Tokenising Different Stores of Value
AIM Congress Dubai
September 05, 2017
The main FDI event AIM Congress in Dubai to 20,000 attendees. Discussing creating and designing different stores of value using tokenisation, and the creating of new digital instruments.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

138 Media Interviews
Walk & Talk Series -
You Tube
March 15, 2022
Quick guide and insight into NFTs, Metaverse and Blockchain

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk Series
You Tube
March 15, 2022
Quick guide and inside track on Metaverse, NFTs and Blockchain

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk Series - Metaverse, NFts and Blockchain
you tube
March 15, 2022
Quick guide and insights into emerging technologies

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk - Metaverse, NFTs and Blockchain
You Tube
March 15, 2022
Quick guide to deep tech...exploring what's the real story is...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, NFT

Quick Guide to Metaverse, NFTs, Blockchain and tech
you tube
March 15, 2022
the inside track on NFTs, Metaverse and Blockchain

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk - Investing in Metaverse, NFTs and Web3
You Tube
March 15, 2022
The inside story and truth behind the hype and investing in emerging tech

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk Series - #futuristinshorts
You Tube
March 15, 2022
Discussing investing in #metaverse, #web3 and #NFTs the inside track and behind the hype

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk & Talk - #futuristinshorts
You Tube
March 15, 2022
Inside investing in #metaverse #NFT #Web3 what's going on - the inside story they dont tell you

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

What is the Metaverse and why's its a load of rubbish
You Tube
November 02, 2021
The myths and misunderstandings that is the Metaverse.

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Tags: AI, Metaverse, Quantum Computing

Why is crypto rising in popularity
Irish Tech News
August 25, 2021
A short Podcast Interview with Irish Tech News discussing the background to Cryptos sudden rise and push, the Musk effect, 100m new wallets despite regulatory pressures arriving. Crypto is in its second wave.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Is an NFA better than an NFT
Disruptive Banking
August 06, 2021
exploring Non Fungible Assets and exposing the vulnerabilities of NFTs as what is being asked from blockchain it is not up to the task.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

AIBC Dubai 2021
AIBC
July 01, 2021
Nick Ayton discusses the main events at AIBC including DeFi, NFTs and Blockchain. The community is back!

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

AIBC Blockchain Summit - Discussiong AI
AIBC YouTube
July 01, 2021
Interview at AIBC Summit in #Bubai May 2021 discussing Ai and Medtech, Bitcoin and the Crypto community

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk and Talk - Blockchain, NFTs and DeFi
You Tube
June 17, 2021
Shorts conversation discussing the concepts of NFTs and Blockchain.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Walk and talk - the state of Bitcoin
You Tube
June 17, 2021
Short conversation about Blockchain and the state of Bitcoin.,

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

AIBC Summit Dubai Nick Ayton Interview
You Tube
June 17, 2021
AIBC INterview Blockchain Summit in Dubai talking about Ai, Medtech Bitcoin and Blockchain

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk and Talk from ZUG
You Tube
June 17, 2021
exploring the reason for Crypto Valley in Zug is so popular and a great place to be. Nonsense that is NFTs.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Walk and Talk Nick Ayton in Zug
You Tube
June 16, 2021
From the Crypto Valley Nick Ayton talks about why be in Zug? The opportunity for crypto.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Walk and Talk from Cluj, Romania
You Tube
June 10, 2021
Why Cluj is a tech hub and a centre of Blockchain and Ai

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Walk and Talk from Cluj Romania
You Tube
June 10, 2021
Discussion about Blockchain and it evolution, or not. why is adoption poor, where is Blockchain in its evolution?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

AI Insights
Thinkers360
June 02, 2021
Insights on AI - revealing the confusion as to what AI is, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

AIBC Summit Review from Dubai
You Tube
May 27, 2021
Whats wrong with deFi and NFTs?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

AIBC Review Dubai Summit May 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asq4ZpPrPoE&t=15s
May 27, 2021
NFTs and deFi dominated the agenda - but why didn't it feels right?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

AIBC Summit Dubai review
you Tube
May 27, 2021
AIBC Blockchain Summit review of a great event in May in Dubai.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

AIBC Blockchain Summit Review May 2021 from Dubai
You Tube
May 27, 2021
general reviews of a great Blockchain Summit. The community is back.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

AIBC Summit review Day 2
You Tube
May 26, 2021
Short update on the AIBC Summit in Dubai.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

AIBC Summit Dubai May 2021 - Opening Day review
You Tube
May 25, 2021
Quick updates on the treads, trends and opening day of the worlds biggest Blockchain Summit.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

How to raise capital?
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Short guide how to raise capital during a pandemic for tech founders and entrepreneurs. The Do's and Dont's, the best regions that can fund your projects. What to do, how to approach it? The Middle East explaining of how to get traction.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Startups, Business Strategy

How to Raise Capital? - Episode 2
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Short intro to raising capital during a pandemic? How do founders and entrepreneurs raise capital? A focus on MENA region. The approach and changing landscape of investors.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, Startups

How to raise capital? Episode 3
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Short intro how founders and entrepreneurs can improve their chances of raising capital during a pandemic - specific focus on MENA region.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, Startups

How to raise capital? Episode 4
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Quick guide to tasing capital during a pandemic? The favourite regions and sources? Tips and guide what to do and what not to do...

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, Startups

How to raise capital ? Episode 5
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Another in the series of 16 short episodes guide of how to raise capital, aimed at entrepreneurs and founders.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, Startups

How to raise capital? Episode 6
You Tube
May 12, 2021
Short guide for entrepreneurs to help raise capital and attract investors? Do's and don'ts in a pandemic. The changing landscape of investors.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Emerging Technology, Startups

Quantum Realms - Episode 17
You Tube
May 08, 2021
Short introduction into Quantum Computing, Ai, Geopolitics of Espionage and Spying

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Realms - Episode 18
You Tube
May 07, 2021
Short intro into the world of Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

The Myth and Lies that is Digital Transformation
Irish Tech News
February 05, 2021
The article published in Irish Tech News discusses why Digital Transformation is a myth and connect be done, and why consultants, ambulances chasers and firms have created 'the emperors news clothes' approach that is a lie!

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Chainstarter Ventures Profile
Irish tech News
February 01, 2021
A background on Chainstarter Ventures and its founder Nick Ayton. A Blockchain thought leader, AI specialist and Quantum Computing evangelist. Chainstarter works with founder to help them raise capital through Family Offices primarily in the Middle East. Has offices in London and Dubai.

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Designing and Creating new digital assets and instruments
You Tube
March 05, 2020
Nick Ayton Founder Chainstarter Ventures discusses how they help their customers navigate the world of Blockchain and digital assets.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Discovering Blockchain
You Tube
February 27, 2020
Thoughts and opinions on how people discovery Bitcoin, Crypto and Blockchains...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Interview with host Nick Ayton of the Global Blockchain Summit in Frankfurt
Washington Post
November 04, 2019
Nick Ayton is interviewed by Bruce Porter at the Global Blockchain event in Frankfurt about his role as host/chair of the event and the work he is doing to promote Blockchain best practise.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

HSAH#, the first TV series financed with crypto
The Cryptonomist
October 24, 2019
HSAH# is the first crypto financed TV Series

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing - The Best Investment You've Never Made?
Trader Cobb
October 02, 2019
Nick Ayton Interviewed by Trader Cobb about Quantum Computing - The Best Investment You've Never Made? Discussing the ins and outs of Quantum Computing

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing
Trader Cobb
October 02, 2019
Trader Cobb discusses Quantum Computing the Best Investment your never made... Why is it grabbing the attention?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

What is Crix Exchange?
Crypto Wizards
September 25, 2019
Discussion with crypto Wizards about Crix the crypto exchange we built in 2014.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Customer Experience

Why decentralised business models always win?
www.nickayton.com
August 19, 2019
Nick Ayton defines why decentralised business models will always outperform centralised models.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

The existential threat of AI is real
www.nickayton.com
August 16, 2019
Nick Ayton explores the threat of AI as it mets Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

The 4th wealth Creation Revolution has arrived
www.nickayton.com
August 16, 2019
Quantum AI heralds the 4th wealth creation event in history that follows steam, electricity and transistors...

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Quantum Computing

A quantum future is closer than you may think...
www.nickayton.com
August 11, 2019
Nick Ayton explores the progress of Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Quantum Computing

Money is going to be obsolete
You Tube
July 02, 2019
Chainstarter Ventures years in focus. July 2019.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Chainstarter Ventures sponsors Family Office event in Dubai
You Tube
July 01, 2019
Summary video

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Tags: AI, Entrepreneurship, Quantum Computing

Family Office Event Monaco July 2019
CNBC
July 01, 2019
General Interview by CNBC at Family Office Event in Monaco discussing Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and investing in other technologies.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

The Family Office Landscape - A Forever Moving Target at Anthony Ritossa's 9th Global Family Office Investment Summit Under the
Bloomberg
June 25, 2019
Nick Ayton talks to Bloomberg about the Family Office Summit in Monaco and the trends in investments.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Chainstarter Ventures crypto Gameshow pilot...
https://youtu.be/WAzu_hWAYLM
June 19, 2019
Chainstarter Ventures Gameshow pilot from 2019

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Why Private and Family Office wealth is seeking a new path and new direction?
Medium
June 10, 2019
Nick Ayton explores how family offices are seeking new investment opportunities in tech

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

9th Global Family Office Summit - Monaco 2019
You Tube
June 08, 2019
Summary of our hosted Family Office summit Monaco.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

State of the Crypto Market and Market Manipulation (CRIX)
Crypto Wizards
May 18, 2019
Discussion the state of Crypto Market Manipulation with my co founder Dmitry Koval.

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Crypto AM Industry voices: STOs must avoid ICO path
CityAM Newspaper
April 10, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses with James Bowater Editor CityAM. Why Security Token Offerings must avoid the pitfalls of ICO"s.

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Tokenisation and how it works...
You Tube
April 01, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses tokenisation and the types off new stores fo value used in Blockchain and DLTs.

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STOs are here to stay...
Yahoo Finance
March 31, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses with Yahoo Finance why Security Token Offerings are here to stay...

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CEO Magazine with Nick Ayton and Blockchain
CEO Magazine
March 13, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses The profound nature of Blockchain, with clients SimplePay and Freerange Bank in #Dubai Family Offcie event in Dubai.

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Family Office Event Dubai November 2018
CNBC
November 17, 2018
Family Office Event in Dubai 2018 discussing the state of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin for CNBC

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ICO’s are dead, STO’s become the trend in 2019
Bitcoin Magazine NL
October 30, 2018
Nick Ayton interviewed by Baz at Bitcoin Magazine Netherlands (Holland)

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Security Token Offerings
Bitcoin Magazine NL
October 30, 2018
ICOs dead, security token offerings are the real deal, or are they?

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THE BLOCKCHAIN’S BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Canada Media Fund
June 28, 2018
Nick Ayton interview about the Blockchain technology reinventing the film and TV industry

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Interview with Blockchain Thought Leader Nick Ayton
IntelligentHQ
June 05, 2018
Dinis Guarda interviews Nick Ayton a leading Blockchain thought leader...summer 2018

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ICOs Have Entered Intensive Care
Cointelegraph
December 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph on ICO's

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According to Key European Regulator, ICOs Could be Derivative Activities
Cointelegraph
November 16, 2017
Regulation in Blockchain and Crypto by Nick Ayton

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The Movement Economy: How Appcoins Will Change Traditional Industries
Cointelegraph
October 30, 2017
Nick Ayton article in CoinTelegraph on Appcoins...

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Why Bitcoin will hit $1trillion Mkt Cap...
Cointelegraph
October 19, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph why Bitcoin and crypto will hit $1trillion MktCap...

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ICOs Can’t Skirt Rules Forever, Must Become Compliant to Attract Big Money
Cointelegraph
October 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article on ICOs in Cointelegraph

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London Scene Round Up - Bitcoin Sustainability
Cointelegraph
September 27, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Bitcoin sustainability

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The Good, Bad and Ugly side of ICOs
Cointelegraph
September 23, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing the Good, Bad and Ugly side of ICOs

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Great Time to Buy Bitcoin as “Unreliable Sources” from China Spook Markets
Cointelegraph
September 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph on how crypto whales can move markets and how in China they can influence price...

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Why Choosing Wrong ICO Platform Could Lead to Knock on Your Door at 3 am
Cointelegraph
August 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article on ICOs in Cointelegraph...as founders were pushing the limit of regs and legitimacy

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ICOs Take Centre Stage, But Current Crop of ICO Platforms Unsuitable
Cointelegraph
August 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Initial Coin Offering platforms...

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London Scene RoundUp: Filecoin Gets Noticed, SpartaCoin Helps You Battle, Sweatcoins Make You Workout, and Trezor Gets Hacked
Cointelegraph
August 20, 2017
Nick Ayton London scene RoundUp crypto and Blockchain space in Cointelegraph, and the hunt for Satoshi...

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The real story behind Bitcoin price volatility
Cointelegraph
July 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph looks at how BTC prices is influenced.

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London Scene Round Up: Ethereum Meetup, Criminal Coin ICO & Satoshi in Wimbledon
Cointelegraph
July 17, 2017
Nick Ayton London scene round up article for Cointelegraph, criminalcoi, hunt for satoshi...

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Are Boys With Midas Touch About To Make Move On ICO Market?
Cointelegraph
July 13, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph

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Stop try to kill my ICO
Cointelegraph
July 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article on approaching regulations and ICOs for Cointelegraph

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Why doesn't America hate crypto so much...
Cointelegraph
July 09, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing US regs coming down hard on crypto and Bitcoin

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Blockchain Will Drain Hollywood Swamp, Breaking Glass Ceiling
Cointelegraph
May 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph, why Blockchain will help drain the Hollywood swamp.

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WannaCry Ransomware: US-Led Ploy to Discredit Bitcoin?
Cointelegraph
May 16, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph investigates if US is behind WannaCry to damage Bitcoin

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Gibraltar Now Most Progressive Center in EU: London Scene Roundup
Cointelegraph
May 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing regulatory territories supporting crypto

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London Gets Hacked, Banks Up To Stuff: Nick Ayton Reports
Cointelegraph
May 01, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph on london hacks...

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Crypto Capital Markets To Save Mankind From New Global Financial Storm
Cointelegraph
April 15, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing the emergence of crypto capital markets...

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Ethereum Smart Contracts At Heart of Next TV Revolution: 21M Story
Cointelegraph
April 08, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph about the next TV revolution using smart contracts.

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Blockchain Mormons, ICOs, Aliens, Football: London Scene Round Up
Cointelegraph
April 05, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Mormons and London Scene round up...

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Bitcoin Unlimited, Hard Fork, New ICOs, Satoshi in London Scene Roundup
Cointelegraph
March 24, 2017
Nick Ayton Article for Cointelegraph London Scene roundup

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London Scene Roundup: Japanese investors, ICO snapshots, Satoshi Moving Bitcoin Price
Cointelegraph
March 13, 2017
Nick Ayton London Scene roundup for cointelegraph

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London Scene Round Up: PutinCoin vs. TrumpCoin, Satoshi’s Pedicure & More
Cointelegraph
February 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph - London scene round up

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Ethereum-Based Humaniq To Deliver Banking 4.0 to 2 Bln Unbanked
Cointelegraph
February 23, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing a solution for the unbanked

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Gaming Meets Ethereum To Deliver Zero House Edge, Trust to Online Casinos
Cointelegraph
February 21, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discusses how Blockchain can make online gambling fairer removing the house edge...

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Anatomy of ICO For Blockchain Investors and Entrepreneurs
Cointelegraph
February 17, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussion the anatomy of an ICO

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London Scene round up Joe Lubin reaches far...
Cointelegraph
February 07, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses Joe Lubin and Consensys commitments...

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Big Boys Club: The Tale of Blockchain, Reinsurance, B3i and Dispute of 9/11 Aircraft
Cointelegraph
February 06, 2017
Nick Ayton article discusses R3 and reinsurance market for Cointelegraph.

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Blockchain to Disrupt Balance of Power in TV, Music and Film Industry
Cointelegraph
February 06, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses the change in the balance of power in the music industry brogue by Blockchaon

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Why Company Directors Must Prioritize Blockchain
Innovation Enteprise
January 30, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Innovation Enterprise - Why Company Directors Must Prioritize Blockchain

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Digital by Design
Innovation Enterprise
January 30, 2017
Nick Ayton explores digital using design thinking

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Tags: Change Management, Design Thinking, Digital Disruption

London Scene Roundup: Most Sexy ICOs, Blockchain-upon-Thames and Irishmen
Cointelegraph
January 28, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph London Scene round up - hunt for Satoshi

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Trading Guru Ernie Chan Workshop Uses Bitcoin Exchange Gemini
Cointelegraph
January 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph interviews Bitcoin Exchange guru Ernie Chan

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What Blockchain Skills Are In High Demand: Digital Headhunter
Cointelegraph
January 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses digital skills shortages...

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IoT, Smart Contracts Focus of Blockchain Expo London 2017
Cointelegraph
January 25, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing London Blockchain Scene. Blockchain Expo where Nick chaired the event.

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Bitcoin Price Set to Shoot Up As Chinese Devaluation, Trump Takeover May Cause Massive Bitcoin Buy
Cointelegraph
January 19, 2017
Nick Ayton article discusses Chinese devaluation and Trump impact on BTC BUY

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London Scene Roundup: Bitcoin’s Ups & Downs, Assange, Lightning Alpha, Satoshi, Blockchain Talents Scarce
Cointelegraph
January 14, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses Boobcoin and finds Satoshi

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Using Ethereum, ChronoBank Aims to Become Uber of Recruitment
Cointelegraph
January 14, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses selling time tokens...

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Lightning Strikes More Than Once: Alpha Release Available
Cointelegraph
January 12, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses the arrival; and performance of Lightning

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Blockchain-Based ArtChain Looks to Clean up Murky Business of Buying and Selling Art
Cointelegraph
January 12, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph explore using Blockchain for art provenance

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London Scene Last 2016 Roundup: Insurance Markets Embrace Blockchain, Satoshi Spotted
Cointelegraph
December 30, 2016
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph finds Satoshi hiding in London...

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London Scene Roundup: Ether Death, Vampire Coven, Bitcoin Witness Protection Program
Cointelegraph
December 26, 2016
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph finds Vampire coven in London and death by either...

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Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017
Cointelegraph
December 21, 2016
Nick Ayton aka Sage of shoreditch writes for Cointelegraph on Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017

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London Scene Roundup: Christmas Crypto, Sex, Satoshi and VoyeurCoin
Cointelegraph
December 19, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph finds sex, christmas coin and satoshi all in London

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As ECB Embraces Blockchain, Bank of England Chooses Wait and See Approach
Cointelegraph
December 11, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Cointelegraph As ECB Embraces Blockchain, Bank of England Chooses Wait and See Approach

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Offshore Services Providers Are To Be Wiped Out by Blockchain
Cointelegraph
December 08, 2016
Nick Ayton explores for Cointelegraph whether outsourcing businesses will be wiped out by Blockchain

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Blockchain’s Perfect Storm: Removing Money Laundering from Financial System
Cointelegraph
December 07, 2016
Nick Ayton explores Bitcoin money laundering for Cointelegraph

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Asian TV May Become the Next Industry To Embrace Bitcoin, Giving Viewers Control
Cointelegraph
December 02, 2016
Nick Ayton writers for Cointelegraph after attending Asian TV awards the impact of Blockchain

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Initial Coin Offerings: How To Distinguish Between Good, Bad and Ugly
Cointelegraph
November 28, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph looking at good, bad and ugly side of crypto

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Bitcoin Community Cracking Down On Money Laundering And Fraud
Innovation Enterprise
November 28, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Innovation Enterprise

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Big Banks Scrambled To Jump On R3, Will They Scramble To Get Out Now?
Cointelegraph
November 25, 2016
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph explores R3 Corda consortium

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5 Things About Bitcoin You May Find Confusing
Innovation Enterprise
November 25, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Innovation Enterprise

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Cryptocurrencies with Conscience Pave Way Into Machine 2 Machine World
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses the opportunity for micro payments in a M2M world

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In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage

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Seven Reasons Why Investment in Blockchain Has Slipped
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton discusses slow down in blockchain investments...for Cointelegraph

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The Five Most Confusing Things About Bitcoin That Hold Back Its Adoption
Cointelegraph
November 17, 2016
Nick Ayton looks at the confusion behind Bitcoin for Cointelegraph

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Why ICO Landscape Has Shifted From ‘Bootstrapped’ Projects
Cointelegraph
November 13, 2016
Cointelegraph article by Nick Ayton on ICOs

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7 Myths About Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
October 28, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about the 7 Myths about Blockchain

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Fork Off’ Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
September 29, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the recent forks in the Blockchain community

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Blockchain Returns Trust
Innovation Enteprise
September 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the 'trust protocol'...for Innovation Enterprise

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50 Shades of Blockchain
Innovation Enteprise
August 31, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the various choice of Blockchain, pros and cons...

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Global Custody Is About To Face Its Nemesis: Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
August 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores how global custody will be reshaped by Blockchain

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Blockchain Means The End Of Asset Management As We Know It
Innovation Enterprise
July 29, 2016
Nick Ayton predicts the end of Asset Management as Blockchain smart contracts automates the entire sector.

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Blockchain goes mainstream
Innovation Enteprise
July 25, 2016
Nick Ayton foretells Blockchain is about to go mainstream

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Blockchain Is Going To Destroy Your Industry And Take You With It
Innovation Enterprise
July 15, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about how Blockchain will transform entire industries.

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Ignoring Blockchain Is Corporate Suicide
Innovation Enterprise
July 07, 2016
Nick Ayton explores why ignoring Blockchain is corporate suicide.

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Why asset managers need to adapt to avoid extinction
Innovation Enterprise
May 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores for Innovation enterprise why Asset managers remain exposed...

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The Real Fear In Business Is Fear Of Being Uber-rized
Innovation Enterprise
April 05, 2016
The real fear of being Uberised explains Nick Ayton

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What Are The Rules For building Customer Experiences in a Digital World?
Innovation Enterprise
April 04, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the world of digital business models...

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Entrepreneurship, FinTech

Why ICO’s Are Laying The Foundation To Capital Markets 2.0
Innovation Enterprise
February 16, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about crypto capital markets in Innovation Enterprise

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3 Miscellaneouss
Ai has created a synthetic lifeforms
Medium
January 01, 2022
Ai has created a synthetic lifeform called a Xenobots and they are organic.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

First Crypto funded TV series
You Tube
October 16, 2019
promo pilot for the first crypto funded TV Series Filmed and screened in London

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Disruption

Opinion Piece: Bezos debacle-What Lessons Can Be Learnt From Tezos ICO Debacle
Cointelegraph
October 22, 2017
Cointelegraph article: What Lessons Can Be Learnt From Tezos ICO Debacle opinion piece by Nick Ayton

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8 Panels
You'll never believe this! LIVE: Blockchain, Crypto, DLT, Smart Contracts, CyberSecurity, Data, GDPR
YouTube
April 01, 2021
You'll never believe this!
Blockchain, Crypto, DLT, Smart Contracts, CyberSecurity, Data, GDPR

10 TOP GLOBAL TALENTS IN ONE PLACE & TIME

LIVE Panel:

Created and Moderated by
Philip Ingram MBE - Director, Grey Hare Media Professor,
With
Lisa Short, Founder - P&L Digital Edge, PHD researcher and academic;

Hosted by:
Dinis Guarda Founder - Author, CEO founder openbusinesscouncil & citiesabc

Featuring:
Dean Armstrong - QC 36 Group, Head of Chambers,
Nick Ayton - Futurist, serial entrepreneur & Family Office Advisor;
Gokul Alex, Co-Founder, Gigamesh Garage Ventures;
Dr Jane Thomason - Founder, Supernova Data;
Dr Mark van Rijmenam - Futurist, Founder of Datafloq;
Rajesh Dhuddu - VP, Tech Mahindra;
Olivier Rikken - CEO, Ledger Leopard;

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation, Future of Work

Covid Impact on Tech
You Tube
April 06, 2020
Panel discussion how COVID will impact tech, the nature of work

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Investments in new Reality
You Tube
April 03, 2020
Discussing Blockchain projects also guesting Ricjard Heart

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Blockchain Week Pyeonchang South Korea
You Tube
February 04, 2019
Nick Ayton was invited to advise South Korea by the government in 2019. This extract covers chairing an ICO pitch competition where the audience can invest LIVE using airdrop.

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Panel discussion state of Cryptocurrencies
CC Forum London 2018
October 28, 2018
Panel Talk: Alex Carter Silk, Ray Hindi, Steve Kelso. Moderated by Nick Ayton

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CC Forum 2018 Digital Assets
You Tube
October 28, 2018
CCF London 2018 / Panel Talk: Alex Carter Silk, Ray Hindi, Steve Kelso. Moderated by Nick Ayton

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AIM 2018 - Plenary Session 2 - Understanding the Promise of Blockchain
Annual Investment Meeting AIM congress 2018
June 20, 2018
Annual Investment Meeting 2018 - Planery Session discussing Blockchain The session represented by stakeholders of the Blockchain community discussed various functions and areas including Currencies, Tokens and Smart Contracting. Richard Teng, CEO of Abu Dhabi Global Markets with Nick Ayton and Henric von Sheel.

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AIM Congress Dubai - 4IR
AIM Congress
June 02, 2018
Panel discussion covering new asset classes, tokenising assets and Blockchains.

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23 Podcasts
Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Tags: Analytics, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 2
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 3
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 5
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 6
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 7
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 8
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 9
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 10
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

qUANTUM REALMS PODCAST WITH Nick Ayton EPISODE 11
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 12
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 13
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 14
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 15
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode (15)
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 16
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 17
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 18
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms - the fuss, hype and real story behind Quantum Computing
Podbeam
March 04, 2021
Nick Ayton looks at Quantum Computing, the stories, the hype, the myths and basics of this new pervasive and extraordinary technology.

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Quantum Computing Insights
SiliconDocks.news
November 30, 2020
Nick Ayton shares his insights into Quantum Comouting and other Deep technologies.

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Irish Tech News Podcast - Introduction to Quantum Computing
Irish Tech News
November 30, 2020
Simon Cocking Interviews - Nick Ayton as a soft introduction to Quantum Computing. Nick is at the cutting edge of Quantum Computing and discusses the implications for what is a pervasive and somewhat dangerous technology.

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

The Future of Quantum Computing
ThinkTech
November 03, 2020
Nick Ayton Chairs the live event sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology in KSA.

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Tags: AI, FinTech, Quantum Computing

Mad4Digital Emerging Tech Talks
MAd4Digital
March 06, 2019
Nick Ayton Interview Mad4Digital with Donovan Whyte

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1 Profile
The real challenges with AI
Medium
October 30, 2021
Are you confused by AI? Do you know why? In this article I explore the impact of neural network and Quantum Computing on AI, the deterministic world meets probabilistic.

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14 Speaking Engagements
Walk & Talk Ep2 Series Why #Web3 changes everything
You Tube
July 06, 2022
Nick explains why #Web3 is the ONLY way forward and why not will win! #Blockchain#Crypto #AI

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Walk & Talk Series Ep3 why #Web3 in the ONLY way forward
You Tube
July 06, 2022
Nick explains why #Web3 is the ONLY way forward and why not will win! #Blockchain#Crypto #AI

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Walk & Talk Special Ep4 Why #Web3 changes everything
You Tube
July 06, 2022
the ONLY way forward and why not will win! #Blockchain#Crypto #AI

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Walk & Talk Series #Ai becoming sentient
You Tube
July 06, 2022
We have a problem with #Ai now Google claims it is sentient....

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Metaverse

Walk & Talk Series #Ai #Neuralnetworks
You Tube
July 06, 2022
How Ai works and why it needs neural networks to deliver predictive outcomes... #Ai #NeuralNetworks

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Tags: AI, Metaverse, Predictive Analytics

Walk & Talk Series Macro view where are the investor opportunities
you tube
July 06, 2022
where are #familyoffices investing? Which tech, where are the opportunities #Biotech #web3 Why capital markets are failing and what comes next...

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Tags: AI, Business Strategy, Digital Disruption

Walk & Talk Series - NFT Update
You Tube
January 26, 2022
Short Walk and Talk from Nick Ayton. NFTs are a great concept but cannot be engineered on a ledger based protocol Blockchain. Find out why?

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Walk & Talk Series -Metaverse Update
You Tube
January 26, 2022
Nick Ayton reviews the Metaverse and its progress. The structural issues and risks and whether it is really a Web 3

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Walk & Talk - MetaVerse Update
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January 26, 2022
Nick Ayton short walk and Talk about ehe progress of the MetaVerse and the Web3 replacement?

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Walk & Talk - NFT update
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January 26, 2022
Nick Ayton short Walk & Talk series NFTs progress.

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Web 3 what is it?
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November 02, 2021
Web 3.0 what is it, the hype and the reality...

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Web 3 and Quantum Internet
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November 02, 2021
Is Web 3 the Quantum Internet

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Nick Ayton outside the NYSE
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February 15, 2019
Blockchain evangelist was in NTC to chair the Blockchain Summit. Giving his thoughts on Wall Street

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Nick Ayton discusses the IMF in DC
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February 11, 2019
Nick Ayton a Blockchain evangelist and thought leader outside the IMF.

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2 Videos
Its time to know what goes on when you buy an NFT!
Medium
July 22, 2021
So what do you get when you buy and Non Fungible Token - well actually you get nothing. And there is no Value Exchange either. Emperors New Clothes!

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Crypto Game Show Pilot
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February 16, 2018
Pilot for new Crypto Game Show

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1 Visiting Lecturer
Blockchain Advisor South Korean Government
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January 04, 2019
In 2019 Nick Ayton was appointed to become an adviser to the South Korean government and made the long trip to Pyeongchang

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4 Webinars
Walk & Talk Series Ep1 Special on #Web3
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July 06, 2022
Nick explains why #Web3 is the ONLY way forward and why not will win! #Blockchain#Crypto #AI

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What is Ai really?
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November 02, 2021
A close look at how AI works and how it is being replaced by neural networks...that are much faster at learning.

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Web 3.0 you think you know what it is?
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November 02, 2021
A brief look at Web 3 and the confusion and issues

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Developing an Effective Sales Operating Model with Nick Ayton
Sandler Training
March 26, 2016
Discussing with the worlds foremost sales trainer Marcus Cauchi what makes an effective sales operating model.

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1 Webinar
Webinar On Innovations In Quantum Optics And Quantum Computing
Quantum Optics
May 23, 2020
Nick Ayton works ate the forefront of Photonic Quantum processing...shares his views and opinions

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2023 and beyond...

Date : October 19, 2022

The traditional capital markets that have tried to destroy and prevent Crypto (Bitcoin) from gaining ground will use the current economic and social breakdown to further restrict its use, as THE PEOPLE look for safe havens for their cash, their assets, their value. Given we are likely to see a run on banks as capital flows tighten and inflation runs riot. Most of the Cryptos will continue to fail because they do not have genuine Utility for the User. Their liquidity remains fake at best and the engineering if Ethereum is used cannot deliver on the promise. More people will move to Bitcoin which is price controlled by the big banks of Walls Street and Whales - stolen from the people once again. Priced beyond affordability for what was meant to be the peoples payment system that didn't discriminate. As for NFTs the loses will pile up as the scams continue and the SEC will and are chasing people. NFTs are not a viable technology as they are engineered in main Ethereum - made worse by centralisation effect of PoS. NFTs have to become Non Fungible Assets where the proofs include a receipt of the exchange of value (DRUID) and can be audited properly, where the messaging and thus the settlement happens in the same stack - NFAs will become a solid options for people safe in the knowledge that its real.

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The Internet of Feeling is here...
Thinkers360
October 19, 2022

The world is becoming obsessed with ‘digital’ as many want to spend more time in the digital realm - some call the MetaVerse.  Personally I can’t see why, as sentient beings the MetaVerse seems boring uneventful and dull. 

Big brands have convinced themselves they need a MetaVerse a glorified place for customers to shop, try on things, use things virtually apparently, experiencing what exactly? You can examine the products quality, the material or features that indicate quality.  The entire ‘experience’ is an optical scan from images that hit the retina leaving the cortex to render the brain, to deliver the experience, the physical reaction. Unlocking fun, excitement, scares and certain arousal, but you still cannot FEEL what is going on. 

SEEING is no longer believing! Today you have to be able to FEEL what s going on, every jump, jolt, force, punch, kick, bullet, rain, wind through our skins, our muscles and skeleton dealing into  our deepest humanity. After all consciousness is the ability to experience being alive.    

The question that springs to mind - can we live, co-exist and experience both realms by flipping back and forth between the physical and digital. Or is it more complex or is it just that simple? You be the judge. 

So why write this article? I’ve been at the forefront of technology for decades and my day job comprises of listening to pitches and trying the various ‘frontier technologies’ that have the potential to advance humanity, push civilisation to the next phase or indeed kill us all. 

Opposing Forces

There are several opposing forces that limit what it’s like to be human or not. In the sense of biological entity as opposed to non-biological we'll go into more later. The morally right and correct, the ethically concerned, the government rules and continued manipulation by the few who prey on our instincts, our pursuit of fun, entertainment and efforts to live a good life. 

What many call being alive, being sentient and thus conscious,  we leave the argument do we really have or is there such a thing as free will for another day.

Our lives are also about collecting experiences we store as memories and which makes us human. Again our brain re-renders experiences, how we felt, emotional state, a cocktail of things that is written into memory, science has discovered isn’t very accurate and over time our memories can often be entirely different and unreliable. 

The new generation XYZ are all about experiences, growing up in a tech world and they expect to be entertained, to be online, to have everything at their finger-tips and live with both sides. They want a phy-gi-cal  existence, as many want to play with gender, flexible lifestyle, support causes and want to push new boundaries.  

Choices are varied. We immerse fully in a digital experience or receive Augmented or Mixed Reality (AR, XR) through primary senses to aid our path, our journey through the day to day of physical realm.  Additional information, gamification, concierge and guidance the risk of making future generations completely reliant on HELP to get through the day becomes a fixed reality. 

Studies are already revealing increased level of depression of those who spend a lot of time in the MetaVerse primarily shopping, social networks and gaming, and early studies link young children who live in the blue screen too much develop new forms of ‘digital dementia’ as their creativity is diminished and right brain activity Is dialled down. 

The conspiracies and theories continue following the Tritone move from 432hz to 440hz that has shown to shut down right brain activity responsible for freedom of original thought, creativity, decision making capabilities. Is the MetaVerse another example of mass population manipulation and control?    

The Science bit.  

Humanities greatest invention was the telescope, that enabled us to find our place in the stars, helped us create the concept of time, understand the sessions and posed the big question - where do we come from?  It was not until we turned this inside to create the micro scale did things get interesting, the world of randomness of subatomic particles opened the quantum debate but also showed us the way to discovering how life itself really works. Now passing the Standard Model exposing new particles, we are presented with String Theory and my favourite Assembly Theory, a clue to the Constructor.

Synthetic biology has been outperforming by 500% Moore’s Law and this has been going on for decades. Whilst we don’t yet understand how life itself works and what makes us tick at the cellular level, we are getting much closer. New discoveries forces us to let go of the Newtonian concepts that hinders our thinking, new breakthroughs are happening all the time as computation efficiency increases. But overall advancement is rather disappointing as humanities greatest advancement - is the transistor is our greatest achievement, and until we surpass this we will as a race be unlikely to reach our dreams. 

We know that death isn’t inevitable, a disease like any other as we become more obsessed with bio-hacking, with longevity and why not. But living longer isn't about extending time on earth, it’s about living a healthy life in old age, still able to move around and experience things. 

There has been an explosion of discoveries that prove it is possible to slow down ageing, in some cases reverse it,  through better lifestyle choices and finding out, measuring and analysing our personal data. The explosion in wearable tech much is clinical grade allows us to record and examine of core biomarkers - as evidence of how well our bodies are doing.  Our body chucks off huge amounts of data and only now are we starting to analyse it.

I’m not talking about recording steps, heart rates and blood sugar content. No, I’m taking about knowing the state of my immune system, knowing through a test the severity of the virus I have caught (Covid) from light to severe or possibly causing death. Knowing if I will develop the biggest killers Type I & II diabetes, cardio vascular disease or whether my body has been traumatised, and the extent of poisoning from our environment and food chain. This tech is real and advancing quickly.   

Extending life 20 years of more is already within reach. The tech that measures everything is here - both worn externally and as implants. Capturing data and receiving signals from the body. But this signalling can go both ways - as we start to think about correction, prevention and cure. 

We can dial into our bodies with new instructions?

MetaVerse

Look the reality of anything online is quite boring. Whether consuming content, watching a video or playing a game where after a while we become numb to it. The reality is our eyes optically input signals our cortex interprets to delivery the bodies response. The scary movie where something jumps out gives us a sudden rush, normally adrenaline as our flight response takes over. We get sad, aroused or excited by the things we see, yet we use just two senses, audible and audio. The other senses are not engaged. But what if we could?

Imagine you could feel the MetaVerse, experience the many realms and things it has to offer? 

I created this model to explain where we are with Web3 that is a transformation layer into our analogue past, dealing into Web1 and Web2 and embracing the tools of a modern era to capture and analyse data quick enough to influence human behaviours (Predictive), responding to and adjusting ones products and services on the fly (Sensory Processing). 

A predictive world that puts the people, the consumer, the user in control of their personal experience, their sovereign identity, their data and rewarding them for it. A model the big corporations just hate as they cannot do as they wish as they do today, relying on us all to simply  Accept Cookies. The freedom to exploit us, our data our good will.

So how to combine a Web3 sensory physical world with the digital realm, to get literally Phy-gi-cal. 

Many believe our sensory abilities are not developed to their full capabilities, while others believe we’re dumbed down from birth through dissonant frequencies, fluoride in our water, and a broad range of social manipulations, and of course the education system that hasn’t changed for almost 200 years. Essentially keeping us dumb, as throughout history the people do rise up and force change at massive cost to lives, replacing one form of dictator with another - authoritarianism is soon followed by totalitarianism.   

It is inevitable biological humans will converge with machines? Well yes - if you have a pace-maker, prosthetic or transplant you’re alive because of this.  Bio-feedback from our bodies will manifest as a set of decision to make to improve what is going on, our physical and mental wellbeing. There are new membranes that act as Bio-Ware (data passing both ways) acts as a new digital nervous system is available, so we can FEEL everything, offering new ways to dial into our bodies - to cure, correct and for therapies, and to help people with damaged bodies move and enjoy more life. 

The fun part of my job is trying the tech, taking the tests and in this case wearing a new generation of bio-ware membranes. To play Call of Duty and feel the bullets, explosions, punches and cuts (a big kid thing I admit) and to train differently, loading my muscles and not my joints, to feel a movie as I watch it, to feel sorts collision of music as though I was there, while sitting on my sofa. 

The collective intelligence opportunity, the Hive Mind has been spoken about for decades is already here. Delivered by Google, Facebook (Meta), Amazon, Apple and others who harvest our data to harvest us (humanity) to purposes of manipulation for profit, for their benefit and not ours or advancing humanities.  As government seeks more ways to enforce mass surveillance and data capture, they will use and create further pandemics to force our hand. But not if we know more about our bodies than they do, not if they cannot see our actual data, not if we don’t let them.  At birth we have one thing that nobody can take away - our unique identity, not from the government naming schemas, but from our DNA, our humanity, our unique biology.

We live in a world where we can test the effects of foods, chemicals and lifestyle on our bodies. We can see the effectiveness of drugs and treatments for ourselves as see the extent of big Pharma lies and manipulations. We can call out the food manufacturers that have been poisoning us for generations. 

With Web3 combining with the Internet of Feelings we can take back control of our lives, our bodies and our future. We can live more life, experience more of everything and we can decide what we want to be, how we want to live and whether we want to live a Phy-gi-cal life.  

The data is ours coming from us (bodies) and the things we do, how we live and enjoy ourselves is OURS!  And without it, large corporations and governments will find it harder to manipulate us. They have become used to deciding whether or not we live a good, healthy and long life. It hasn’t been our decision for millennia and with the social, economic unrest around the globe with draconian moves by governments and those in power to control us further, we can use new Web3 and I-o-F business models to take back control. 

“Ignorance os strengthened”

Author. Nick Ayton is a technologist and Founding Partner at Solarix Ventures a Deep tech Investor and Multi Family Office. He’s spent 45 years in tech and works at the frontier of computing, materials and biotech. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are NFTs a case of the ‘emperors new clothes’, or worse, another worthless hype curve?
Thinkers360
July 22, 2021

It is time to tell you what really goes on when you buy an NFT…

 

 

Let’s face it would you buy and NFT (Non Fungible Token? The only people that seem to be buying these tokens are the crypto whales as a means to park their crypto so they don’t have to pay tax, or plain dumb people sold the dream they will go up in value due to scarcity and originality. Just because crypto whales and millionaires have accumulated lots of crypto to spend doesn’t mean they are right or know how crypto works. Most got lucky, took a punt of BTC in the early days while others ars are intuitive traders that play the emotions of the crypto markets.

Well there is nothing like a bit of ‘front running’ to get a market moving, right! Look I have nothing against NFTs, they are a great concept. The issue is the engineering of them.

When you buy an NFT what actially happens? What do you get? Well, you sort of own a token that is meat to give you rights of redemption and ownership in something. An asset, — some art, a car or something ese. The problem is it doesn’t. Not even close. Yes you own a token which is natively worthless. Unless all the market participants agree to be honest and agree that you have access to the thing you bought. Good luck with that one.

Unfortunately 90% of people in blockchain still don’t understand is a blockchain only records token movements — that you have handed 10 BTC to some address. It doesn’t record what was actually purchased although the NFT platform may tell you their smart contract handles, verifies and does the rest. Which is sort of a lie. This is because blockchains can’t do this, nor can you write data directly to a blockchain. And that means all of them. To keep blockchain secure, immutable and safe, only the movement of tokens is recorded — this is because as soon as outside data/information/communications happens, the properties of a blockchain to be safe and its consensus disappear.

I will explain how NFTs can work so keep reading.

Why the current generation of blockchains struggle with NFTs?

Look NFTs are indeed a great concept. But they are currently not engineered properly because the underlying blockchains, and consensus models aren’t up to the job. For example any ‘ledger based’ protocol such as Ethereum (rather than unspent) has no native ability to ‘track and trace’ tokens that are apparently defined as a security or asset token (linked to a commodity). All kinds of shenanigans have to happen to fudge this. Sort of re-centralisation effects and promises.

Unfortunately the asset you think or are told you have purchased is somewhere else, and the binding authority that confirms ownership is also somewhere else. A sort of custodian or notary services of you like — the problem this is yet another layer is a tech stack thats already vulnerable. So rather than removing the centre, and the human propensity for fraud, NFTs solutions involve too many parties and rely on trust. The ownership of what you have purchased is or isn’t validated (real or copy), and its certainly not part of the one sided token transaction.

So when you handed over some BTC to buy an NFT. The thing you have purchased is mentioned probably in a solidity script, with a URL link pointing to a website or JPEG destination address. And then there are rug-pulls — where the owner packs up and disappear with their assets. Some NFT platforms claim the asset is apparently linked to another blockchain that hosts the asset if by magic, or describes the asset or confirms the storage of the asset in a digital sense. But this happens somewhere else and they are not bound as a single transaction under law. Yes, you heard it hear.

What you purchased for the tokens you hand over isn’t recorded with the exchange of tokens. There is also NO basis of Law that protects the Buyer of an NFT! Do not let anyone convince you otherwise. Any redemption rights granted are not part of the token exchange, and also not valid under any form of business law. And to call it a token exchange is also stretching the truth because it is one way.

Here is the other issue.

How do you know what you have purchased is real?

How do you know what was purchased is the real thing? Is the provenance proven? Is the owner of the asset you have apparently purchased been validated? How do you know who is looking after it? The problem is everything can be Copied and Edited when its digital, and this is why ‘data’ in generic terms has zero value, and why the Internet doesn’t work and destroys the value of everything. All because of Copy, Edit, Paste. Unless the data is smart that is — smart data changes everything.

NFT platforms will tell you the assets have been validated, but often won’t disclose by who, of share the chain of title remains unclear, apparently due to privacy? Then there is the identity of the buyer and seller. Are the parties known? Are they real and are they good actors. And this is where crypto falls down so many times with the demands for anonymity.

The item you purchased, on which you have spent your crypto is recorded on the ledger, the token amount recorded, but it is not an ‘exchange of value’ at all. There is no value coming the other way. All you have is the transaction ID on Etherscan or the location URL, that can be copied, changed and closed. Good bye crypto. I will explain how NFTs can work so keep reading.

There is no exchange of value as NFTs stand today

Example: Bob sends Alice 10 BTC to buy a share of a painting , BUT what Bob receives isn’t recorded on this blockchain. It isn’t atomically bound to the token exchange or value exchange as part of (combined) single transaction. The recroding of the thing — asset - you have purchased part happens elsewhere, probably supported by another business, whos owners, morals and security status remains unknown. In any event your adding ‘t’ connectors to the piping that introduces vulnerabilities that will be exploited.

The blockchain that records and holds the assets also doesn’t record the token payment (because it didn’t happen there), so if there is a dispute or a need to validate or audit what went on, you cannot as the information isn’t held or recorded in a single tech stack. The parts of the transaction sit in different places and who knows if they are complete when they are reassembled?

It is worth remembering blockchains only have key qualities because they are self contained. When you have to get the information from elsewhere, the script calls to an oracle, or deals with a storage node, everything comes at an extra cost, and doors (channels) are opened. The compute cost to run the script that executes an instruction to do something gets expensive. Each off-chain or chainlink structure is owned by another business, has different rules, structures and protocols. They will charge you fees to execute of the simple script to simply report on it, but the report for say an audit is touched by a third party who have access to change things. But who these people are? Will they sell it on, how good is there security isn’t known. Is there trust? Have they made a secret deal?

In the sense of this discussion: Non Fungible means ‘unique’ and cannot be replacted or another one exactly the same reproduced.

What gives something non fungibility? To guarantee the items is unique, a one off. NFTs as currently engineered cannot guarantee this. That is because all data can be copied, edited and changed unless it is smart data, and why ‘block headers’ in a blockchain become part of the next block and so on for continuity, but also a show of strength confirming nothing has been changed.

Yes NFT platforms will tell you its all good and there blockchain talks to other blockchains and handle this automatically. Well the bad news is blockchains do not talk to one another, not easily and mostly at all. The smart contracts struggle to interoperate but they do call for information or wait for inputs. Which could be we’ve received 10 BTC from this sucker, its time to sell the asset again or move it, or delete any record the exchange tokens for it. After all the asset isn’t recorded with the token exchange transaction. This gap is called a Byzantine Fault and its very bad.

NFTs are brilliant and they can work

The only way for NFTs to work is for the token exchange and asset exchange in return to be done at the same time, timestamp, an held on the same ledger. This is a true value exchange and why our current capital markets still operate and haven’t collapsed. The only way for NFTs to work is for the token to be replaced by the Asset, and record the full transaction in what is called a dual double entry, thus creating something called a Non Fungible Asset. The token and asset exchange happens atomically within the same blockchain stack and yes you guessed it, is written to a single file (version of truth) where the commercials basis, identity and law is also reflected buyer and seller.

Bob sends Alice 10BTC and Alice Sends Bob the deeds, the rights, the asset directly, in a binding transaction under a legal jurisdiction. Within this dual double entry transaction that is instantly auditable by the way, are all details of the identity of both parties — yes shock horror, the details of the asset (provenance) and the commercial principles of the deal, as well as the price discovery are bound as a single transaction. This is called ‘real value exchange’ and only this can support NFA — Non Fungible Assets, as let us not forget.

Tokens have NO value, only assets do, so any time you want to buy an asset make sure what you paid is recorded at the point of purchased. Get a receipt and confirmation, see evidence of the change in ownership, title and rights. Yes some evidence of the value and thus how the price was established would be nice, rather than someone simply setting the token price randomly, because they can. All of this has to be compiled into a ‘smart data’ file gives the transaction value. Give the data value. Value that can be exchange traded immediately and audited immediately.

One last thing. Remember tokens have no intrinsic value. They are not linked to value. They are given value by parties of the market, unless they are a protocol token that follows Metcalf’s Law — that respond to economic activity of participants in a network, such as ethereum.

Non Fungible Assets are the answer, and there is only one protocol today that can write both sides of the transaction at the same time, in the same stack, running datanomics alongside tokenomics and this is because the protocol makes the data about the asset and the transaction smart, because it knows the tokens are merely that, a token, a proxy for making frictionless payment, but not exchange, because there is no exchange. Don’t be taken in by the hype. NFTs have to mature to become grown up NFA’s.

If you want to know how to create NFAs or fix the NFT problems there is only one company I know that can do this, and I am happy to share.

Author. © Nick Ayton 2021

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The SolarWinds hack - the debate and recriminations rages on…
Thinkers360
March 04, 2021
As the recrimination and fingers pointing continues, the theatre surrounding the Solarwinds hack shows why we need to move beyond Passwords. Yes you heard it here - Passwords, are the problem. Are we really surprised these types of hacks take place? The average hack remains undetected for 220 days or more… I will also postulate those intent on stealing your information assets are already on the inside, - the sleeping enemy within. Whilst the precise details of the SolarWinds attack may never be know it is clear a catastrophic event happened. A critical collapse at every level of security. Or was it? Given the lessons from Sandworm attacks on US national infrastructure were themselves simple in approach and execution. Create a beachhead, a cascade strategy - get further inside, hide, gather and distribute, then spread the infectious malware far and wide, and keep repeating. It is always interesting to me to witness how large businesses, government agencies and national infrastructure work with cyber security firms. In this case the compromise ( a sunburst) was directed against the Orion development environment, highlights the sheer scale of the vulnerability, and how inadequate any cyber security systems really is. Will the Solarwinds attack become the new poster boy for the hacking community, whether state sponsored or frustrated opportunist given the amount of mayhem that it created? How sophisticated was the SolarWinds attack? Not very, but it was genius thinking. They way in, a compromised User Account - Password, created a small gap through which a malware was injected. The new patch on a development system distributed to all users and systems to make things more secure, was the issue. Compromising a software update, the Cyber Security software was going to deploy. The perfect crime - the defenders unknowingly compromising their own systems! Don’t you just love it. Every hacker is wishing they thought of it - injecting malware into a trusted SolarWinds software update, the hackers were able to remain undetected, across the entire user network for months and months without detection. We may never know how long they were on the inside. Once on the inside the hackers compromised and collected all users identity access rights, secure tokens to keep unlocking systems, even the heavily encrypted ones. I bet the hackers couldn’t believe their luck. A simple intrusion strategy that manifested in seeing and knowing everything. Happy days! The way in? Point of least resistance - human frailties, mistakes, stupidity and cross use of apps, mixing social and business activities from a single device, moving from one to another while keeping everything logged in. Or was it the generic password sent with the Orion update, or was it as part of an automated software update, where Admin Rights handled global decision making? Or was it a case of get inside, find the server or user areas that hold all of the passwords, an old ploy. The strategy was clearly those of a rogue state, given the size of the opportunity an ‘update server’ that supports thousands of high-security organisations that in this instance included the US Departments of Defence, Homeland Security and other core functions - all at once. The question remains do cyber security companies ‘eat their own dog food’ and would we know? We can be sure based on similar hacks, the developer or engineer preparing the distribution of the ‘patch’ to gain access to the Orion update server was likely to be ‘SolarWinds123’? Maybe not? I would still have a small wager on this one… The common theme - 90% of hacks use old fashioned Passwords. The root cause of most security issues and the people Passwords are attached to, especially now we have 90% of the people outside the company infrastructure working from home. Indeed the SolarWinds’ CEO confirmed ‘the Office 365 environment was the likely first breach, to gain access to employee email accounts opening the door wide open to the Orion systems development server, from which new code could be distributed unchallenged’. Eventually the CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna mentioned in a blog “We’ve confirmed that a SolarWinds email account was compromised and used to programmatically access accounts of targeted SolarWinds personnel in business and technical roles,” he continues “By compromising credentials of SolarWinds employees, the threat actors were able to gain access to and exploit our Orion development environment.” Attack the bodyguard, of the bodyguard… What has made the Solarwinds hack more interesting, it emerged hackers were covering their attacks, in a sense walking back over their steps, removing fingerprints and deleting any evidence they were there (in the system) at all. All this without the use of Quantum AI systems? The next evolution of threat is shapeshifting code, that hides. If detected copies itself, moves, destroys itself, or fragments. All this one did was disguise itself as one of the good guys, piggybacking on the good guys system. A free pass. Could this hack have been prevented? One of my cients is a leader in Post-Quantum Encryption, a business called PostQuantum Ltd who work with encryption that even the most powerful Quantum Machines cannot breech. There are no excuses. The technology exists to defend against these threats. The Post-Quantum Ltd company develops open source algorithms for quantum-safe public key encryption, not only removing the primary quantum threat but also securing what we have today. A simple relatively inexpensive overlay. The second level ‘braces’, the one that really holds your trousers up, not the belt for show, that keeps things neat a tidy and stops the ugly bits leaking. The bad actors is not just the hacker, but also the use of Passwords themselves, as Users become bad actors, part of the crime due to laziness, stupidity and ignorance. Passwords are a poor 20th century concept that implicates everyone and makes everyone a target. As soon as a single password or a single user is compromised, the entire infrastructure is deemed open, vulnerable, and every security system rendered worthless. Two things are important. Validating who or what is at each end of the network, and the content being sent has trusted data/information that hasn’t already been infected. The team at Post-Quantum Ltd insist in order to defend the enterprise the identity has to be confirmed biometrically, a PASSWORDLESS envrionment. Quick, secure biometric checks for logging in to all applications, delivered as a cloud or in-house ‘on-prem’ service. Eliminating the primary vulnerability the person and the password - stolen credentials, the source of circa 80% of hacks today. Even with 2FA (two factor authentication in place), a breached Office 365 email account may still have allowed an attacker to gain entry with the users phone or message services (IMessage) going visibility of the 2FA code sent to the device, as the issue remains - Who is it? The addition of the Second Factor is no longer enough. The Post-Quantum team mention again the only way for authentication to work is when access credentials are tied biometrically to the individual, and doesnt become a best kept shared secret existing in more than one place like a password, pin code or record of a fingerprint scan that are transferable. Identifying who is in your network beyond reasonable doubt, man and/or machine. Then validate what exactly is being sent down the pipe, across the network. The Solarwinds hacks demonstrates the new security patch was probably already infected. Unfortunately biometrics has had a ‘bad wrap’ - solutions can be expensive and also tied to a validation point centrally or on each device, as biometric files can be large, making them harder to work with and not able to be sent efficiently, maybe unless ‘hashed’ to a secure Blockchain, using a zero trust protocol. How to validate Who, having seen the recent Tom Cruise Deep Fake messages going around, true authentication is often dependent on independent corroborative checking. But it gets worse as all trust evaporates as soon as a users mobile phone is compromised, lost or stolen. This is because the hackers toolkit makes it easy for them to re-trace fingerprints, facial recognition (re-facing to replace or bypass the user) from what is already stored on the device. The Founder at Post-Quantum - Andersen Chang confirms the right solution solves issues using a biometric check from a trusted third party, a form of multi-party consensus, enabling the user to login from any device and location they choose. Each device has an identity - IAM and with passwords and even face recognition seemingly validating Who is it really remains a grey area. From an enterprise or large organisation (government) perspective there is no appetite to replace the current infrastructure, as lots of people who have signed off big expenditure will have ‘egg on face’, instead it is possible to add the ‘braces’ (new layer), a set of standards like OpenID Connect already exists. Replacing SolarWinds password with a simple facial scan, combined with ‘three line voice’ check, before they could access the Orion system, but mostly before the firm’s employees accessed its Microsoft 365 environment. Whilst one can always speculate after the event, a take a superior position of - ‘if only’ there is a strong case that suggests eliminating Passwords and replace this with password less biometric validation would have most likely prevented the breech. We now have to move beyond static and transferable credentials for authentication and non-repudiation, the infamous Password, that hackers take great pleasure, similar to the team at Bletchley Park, solving the puzzle . However we can take this even further for mission critical “cannot fail” infrastructure such as defence, critical national infrastructure and core capital markets infrastructure. In this scenario the authentication, the key is a segregation of duties that control parts of the biometric and device landscape. Separating access rights, from entry rights, from supervisors and admin rights. A rogue nation state may still have the resources and capabilities to compromise even this, but unlikely. The obvious solution - a cryptographically based multi-party approval would be ideal as in the SolarWinds case, where above all else a critical update (software patch) cannot leave the sender, the source - unless a quorum of supervisors and permission have been released. Whilst these may seem unnecessary, as they say in Aliens when they decide to take off and new the Aliens that have assumed control of the facility from space “Its the only way to be sure”! Author: Nick Ayton Copyright 2021 BIO Nick Ayton is a leading deep technology influencer and thought leader who operates at the forefront of AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing and is involved in projects that include Quantum Photonic Silicon Processing, real time 3D rendering, Post Quantum Cryptography... A sought after speaker and strategist, he founded Chainstarter Ventures that helps entrepreneurs capital from Family Offices. The business focuses on the middle east and assists with capital raising, business development and market entry. Having spent 45 years in technology, founded several tech startup he is a prolific writer and is making a TV Series that is set against the backdrop ion the existential risk of AI and race for supremacy between Russian, China and USA. Based on public information on Solarwinds Hack and insight from Post Quantum Ltd CEO Andersen Chang.

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