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Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Founder at Datafloq

The Hague, Netherlands

37701 Followers

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is Founder of Datafloq. Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data. He has a bachelor’s in hospitality management, a Master of Science in Marketing Management and he holds a PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. His research was on how organizations should deal with big data analytics, Blockchain and AI.

He is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker on big data, blockchain, AI, IoT and disruptive innovation. He has given lectures at the Business University Nyenrode, University of Technology Sydney and has spoken in Australia, Canada, France, China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Malaysia, Croatia, South Africa, Colombia, United States, Dubai and The Netherlands among others. Dr Van Rijmenam’s keynotes and workshops are inspirational and provide the audience a deep understanding about the accelerated change that we are currently experiencing.

He is named a global top 10 Big Data influencer and one of the most influential Blockchain people. He is the author of the book Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business, which was published globally in April 2014 and published in Chinese in 2017. He is also co-author of the book: Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World, which was published in English in August 2018. His third book, The Organisation of Tomorrow, which discusses how AI, blockchain and analytics turn every business into a data organisation. Finally, he is a faculty member of the Blockchain Research Institute in Toronto, Canada and a strategic advisor to several blockchain startups. He is publisher of the ‘f(x) = ex‘ newsletter read by thousands of executives.

He is an entrepreneur with a drive for (disruptive) innovation and to make a difference and inspire others. His objective is to be a catalyst for global innovation and to enable organisations and societies to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges.

Dr Van Rijmenam believes in sustainable, social and economic responsibility when doing business or creating companies. He can advise your organisation on how to incorporate trends such as big data analytics, blockchain and AI in your organisation and how you can develop a data-driven strategy. Dr Van Rijmenam created a unique model to do so, the D2 + A2 model. Be inspired by Dr Van Rijmenam and learn how you can prepare your organisation for the exponential times upon us.

For more information, please visit: https://vanrijmenam.nl

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Speaking Topics: Big data, blockchain and AI

Dr Mark van RijmenamPoints
Academic40
Author238
Influencer417
Speaker26
Entrepreneur80
Total801

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Email: mark@datafloq.com
Business Unit: Big data, blockchain and AI
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 10 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 96.25
Analytics 63.31
AR/VR 30.48
Autonomous Vehicles
Big Data 100
Blockchain 100
Business Strategy 30.65
Change Management
Cloud
CRM 30.69
Cryptocurrency 83.67
Culture 30.63
Customer Experience 30.34
Cybersecurity 30.29
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption 30.35
Digital Transformation 36.64
Edtech
Emerging Technology 32.78
Entrepreneurship
Fintech 32.55
Future of Work 30.23
Govtech
Healthtech
Innovation 30.13
InsurTech
IoT 31.64
Leadership
Management 30.34
Marketing 30.49
Open Innovation
Predictive Analytics
Privacy 31.01
Retail 30.34
Social
Startups 30.25
Sustainability 31.17
Climate Change 34.20

Industry Experience

Agriculture & Mining
Automotive
Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Hospitality
Insurance
Manufacturing
Media
Oil & Gas
Other
Retail
Telecommunications
Travel & Transportation
Utilities

Publications

1 Academic Fellow / Scholar
Faculty Member - Blockchain Research Institute
Blockchain Research Institute
January 09, 2017
Doing research on the convergence of big data and blockchain. I analyzed the parameters of data governance—sharing (or access), security, privacy, identity, and ownership—in practical terms for executives. See below infographic for more information.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

71 Article/Blogs
Why Tokens Matter and How to Clarify a Path Towards Tokenisation
Medium.com
November 09, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow, despite differences in industry, location, products and services on offer, will all have one thing in common: they will use some sort of token as the key enabler to their business. Organisations have multiple options when selecting the type of crypto token. The token economics they opt for influences the likelihood of success for the organisation…

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

7 Ways How AI Will Change Your Workplace, and Why Should You Care
Medium.com
October 31, 2019
In the next five to ten years, your workplace will look fundamentally different. Thanks to technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and robotics work as we know it will drastically change. The future of work will come with great opportunities but also with plenty of challenges for organizations. It will require employees and management to adapt and…

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Tags: AI, IoT, Future of Work

4 Ways to Ensure Data Security in Tomorrow’s Organisation
Medium.com
October 24, 2019
Data security in tomorrow’s organisations will be fundamentally different than data security today. If you believe that data security today is a challenge, you will be surprised what it will be tomorrow. As I have said many times over: every organisation will be hacked, and if you are not yet hacked, you are simply not important enough. That counts for today, where human hackers have to be…

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Tags: Big Data, Cybersecurity

3 Concepts Defining the Future of Work: Data, Decentralisation and Automation
Medium.com
October 17, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow will look fundamentally different than today’s organisation. Those enterprises that are aware of the upcoming changes can best prepare and achieve competitive advantage in a data-driven society. Consequently, the future of work will require management and employees to take a different approach when it comes to creating and…

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Future of Work, Privacy

Why We Should Be Careful With AI
Datafloq
October 11, 2019
The development of AI comes with huge risks. Although extensive testing and governance processes are required, not all organisations will do so for various reasons. However, as a society we should ensure that all organisations – and governments – will focus on developing Responsible AI. This includes using unbiased training data, to minimise the influence of biased developers, to have a mixed data approach to include the wider context, to develop AI that can explain itself and to instil ethics into AI. A daunting task, but one we cannot ignore if we want to benefit from artificial intelligence in the long run.

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Tags: AI

How Blockchain Proxy-Voting Improves Shareholder Engagement
linkedin
October 03, 2019
We live in an increasingly globalised world. Although some world leaders believe that the future belongs to patriots rather than globalists, technology is making the world an ever more integrated and smaller place.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain, Management

7 Blockchain Challenges to be Solved before Large-Scale Enterprise Adoption
linkedin
September 26, 2019
When organisations adopt new technologies, the context of that technology plays an important role. How people deal with the material properties of new technology is informed by their previous experience of using or not using similar technologies in the past. Since blockchain is still a new technology, how organisations adopt this technology also depends on how existing and related challenges are resolved. These affect how organisations apply blockchain and smart contracts, and whether the design and decision-making capabilities within will or can change at short notice.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Database of Tomorrow: The Self-Driving, Autonomous Database
Medium.com
September 19, 2019
In the coming years, the amount of data we create worldwide will grow to 175 zettabytes of data per year by 2025, up from 33 zettabytes in 2018. Over half of this data will be created by the Internet of Things devices and over 60% of it will be enterprise data. By 2025, 30% of all the data created will be in real-time, offering organisations great opportunities to constantly optimise their business.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

Thanks, sure, done!
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September 16, 2019
Thanks, sure, done!

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Why Blending Data Analytics and Gut-Feeling Benefits your Business
Medium.com
September 16, 2019
Understanding the impact of big data is not self-evident for many companies. Big data offers endless possibilities and as such organisations are, still, overwhelmed when it comes to big data analytics. Big data requires different technologies, new IT systems, new processes and a different way of working. Above all, big data requires a different culture and changing your…

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

How Simple Economics and Technology Can Help Fight Climate Change
Medium.com
September 13, 2019
Despite a lack of acceptance of some policymakers, climate change is a very real wicked problem. In the past decades, the impact of climate change on the world has been well-researched and documented. According to many scientists, climate change will have an impact on the world’s food supply [1], on human health [2], on the world’s marine ecosystems [3], on our biodiversity [4], and on our economic systems [5].

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Climate Change

How Blockchain Could Contribute to Ending Poverty in All Its Forms
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September 10, 2019
Blockchain can be a paradigm shift to end poverty, giving the poor the opportunity to monetize any (digital) capital and improve their…Continue reading on Noteworthy - The Journal Blog »

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Tags: Blockchain

Algorithms are Black Boxes, That is Why We Need Explainable AI
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September 04, 2019
Algorithms are black boxes that do not know what they do not know, as such we need Explainable AI to reduce bias and discrimination in AI.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: AI

A Distributed Future: Where Blockchain Technology Meets Organisation Design and Decision-making
linkedin
August 29, 2019
Blockchain technology records and forever maintains data that cannot be changed. It also involves ‘smart contracts’ and consensus mechanisms that govern processes of automation, as well as the development, evaluation and execution of decisions. Blockchain technology has the potential to transform organisation design due to its decentralised and distributed characteristics. To understand how blockchain will change organisation design and decision-making, let’s first dive into the history of organisation design before investigating the impact of this fundamental technology on organising activity.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

5 Blockchain Benefits for the Financial Services Industry
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August 28, 2019
How and why blockchain and decentralised and distributed technologies offer multiple and important benefits for the finance industry.Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: Cryptocurrency, Blockchain

5 Ways How Blockchain Will Change Your Travel
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August 22, 2019
Blockchain will change the travel industry and improve your travel experience by letting customers connect directly with service providers.Continue reading on ALTCOIN MAGAZINE »

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

5 Ways How Blockchain is Changing Travel
linkedin
August 22, 2019
The myriad of companies that are involved in a single customer’s travel plans is one of the main reasons why many people are excited about how blockchain can transform the travel industry.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

3 Ways How the Internet of Things will change Marketing
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August 21, 2019
The Internet of Things will open a world of exciting possibilities for marketing to connect with their customers and engage with them.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Marketing, IoT

How to Win your Customers for Life with Predictive Analytics
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August 20, 2019
Winning customers for life is still very difficult, but the availability of big data and predictive analytics makes it a lot easier.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data

How Big Data Will Enable Open Strategizing
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August 19, 2019
Big data analytics enable inclusiveness and transparency in strategy-making, resulting in a new, open, approach to developing strategy.Continue reading on DataSeries »

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Tags: Analytics

How AI in Education Will Create the School of Tomorrow
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August 16, 2019
AI in education will change teaching. In the school of tomorrow, teachers and machines collaborate to optimise the learning experience.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: AI

How Zero-Knowledge Proof Increases Your Privacy While Enabling Trustless Transactions
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August 15, 2019
Zero-Knowledge Proof (ZKP) uses cryptography to improve privacy, where trustless transactions on blockchain are governed by mathematics.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Privacy, Blockchain

The School of the Tomorrow: How AI in Education Changes How We Learn
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August 14, 2019
The School of the Tomorrow: How AI in Education Changes How We Learn
We live in exponential times, and merely having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. To transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and

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Tags: AI

4 Ways Big Data Creates A Smart Transportation Industry
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August 14, 2019
Smart transportation offers operational efficiency, improved customer experiences, reduced fuel consumption and increased flexibility.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Analytics

How Big Data Turns CRM into Something Truly Valuable
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August 13, 2019
Big Data CRM is a combination of managing, interacting, analyzing and knowing your customer and your customer touchpoints.Continue reading on DataSeries »

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Tags: CRM, Analytics

How Big Data Can Help Save The Earth
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August 12, 2019
Big Data could help save the earth during climate change if done correctly and it could lead to significant results in the coming years.Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: Big Data, Sustainability, Climate Change

Are You Ready to Have a Robot as Your Boss?
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August 09, 2019
Robots and AI are increasingly taking over jobs, including various management roles. Are you ready to be managed by a robot or AI?Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Management

The Organisation of Tomorrow — Available Now!
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August 08, 2019
The Organisation of Tomorrow — Available Now!Earlier this year, I completed my PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. My research focused on how do emerging information technologies change the interaction of organisations and technologies. The title of my research was: Sociomateriality in

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Tags: Blockchain

Thanks to Emerging Technologies, the Future Will Never Be Slow Again
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August 07, 2019
Emerging technologies cause a paradigm shift as they enable organisations to easily incorporate intelligence and design smarter businesses.Continue reading on The Startup »

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Tags: Blockchain

The Top 11 Blockchains for Enterprise Organisations, and Why
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July 31, 2019
The Top 11 Blockchains for Enterprise Organisations, and Why
Organisations wanting to use blockchain technology to decentralise their data and collaborate with industry partners are now presented with a bewildering range of options. Since the Bitcoin revolution began in 2008, the number of blockchai

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Tags: Blockchain

How to Solve a Global Identity Crisis Using Blockchain
Medium.com
July 23, 2019
We have an outdated identity system. You might not be aware of it because you are using it on a daily basis, and all seems to be fine. However, identity faces a major crisis, and we need to solve some big challenges. To achieve this, we have to bring identity into the 21st century. However, what is an identity? Only if we know what identity is, will we be able to change how we deal with identity.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain

How to Ensure Your Privacy in a Data-Driven Future
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July 17, 2019
How to Ensure Your Privacy in a Data-Driven Future
There is a downside to the abundant presence of data in today’s society. Today’s tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tencent and Alibaba have long recognised that data is a valuable asset. They have been aggregating vast amo

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Tags: Big Data, Privacy

7 Companies Protecting Your Food with Blockchain
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July 10, 2019
7 Companies Protecting Your Food with Blockchain
Food is important and you are what you eat. Eating healthy and good food is important if you wish to be fit and healthy. Even if you have an unhealthy diet, the occasional big mac, you want your food to be of good quality. Meaning you want your food t

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Tags: Blockchain, Retail

Are You Ready for a Smart Hospitality Industry?
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July 03, 2019
Are You Ready for a Smart Hospitality Industry?
The hospitality industry is all about delivering the best guest experience. Whether this is in the local restaurant around the corner, the five-star beach resort that you visit during your holiday or the conference venue where you attend an event. Supe

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Libra is Here: What Does a Facebook Cryptocurrency Mean for the World?
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June 19, 2019
Libra is Here: What Does a Facebook Cryptocurrency Mean for the World?
After months of speculation, Facebook has revealed its Libra blockchain and the Libra coin to the world. The highly-anticipated cryptocurrency ran into immediate opposition in Europe and the United States. The French Finance Mini

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Importance of Balance and Intelligent Spend in the Organisation of Tomorrow
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June 12, 2019
The Importance of Balance and Intelligent Spend in the Organisation of Tomorrow
Today is the slowest business will ever run. In today’s world, it is the small companies that beat the large enterprises with speed and agility, according to Valerie Blatt – Global Vice President SAP. Companies such

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Tags: Big Data, Customer Experience

Blockchain and Trust: Advantages of a Decentralised System
linkedin
June 06, 2019
Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the way we leverage trust and even the way we think about trust. It is a fundamental good. While largely intangible, it is key to the functioning of practically every meaningful interaction in society.

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Tags: Blockchain, Privacy

Blockchain and Trust: The Advantages of a Decentralised System
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June 05, 2019
Blockchain and Trust: The Advantages of a Decentralised System
Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the way we leverage trust and even the way we think about trust. It is a fundamental good. While largely intangible, it is key to the functioning of practically every meaningful interaction i

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Tags: Blockchain

Why the Government of Tomorrow is Also a Data Organisation
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May 28, 2019
Why the Government of Tomorrow is Also a Data Organisation
Nowadays, every organisation is a data organisation. This not only applies to commercial organisations, but also to governments. Governments at every level – local, regional, national and supranational – should take a different approach

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Tags: Blockchain, Big Data

How AI Will Disrupt the Financial Sector
linkedin
May 23, 2019
Artificial intelligence thrives with data. The more data you have, the better your algorithms will be. However, just having a lot of data is not sufficient anymore. You also need high-quality data, or in the words of Peter Norvig, you need better data:

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Why Our Fast-Changing World Requires Us to Change How We Collaborate
linkedin
May 16, 2019
The world around us is changing faster than ever before. It is changing politically (Brexit), socially (generation Z hitting the labour market), technologically (AI, quantum computing, blockchain and IoT coming our way), economically (continuous trade wars between US and China and the upcoming economic powerhouse China) as well as environmentally (climate change). This is a significant challenge for citizens to deal with.

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Tags: Blockchain, IoT, Climate Change

Seen and Be Seen: How Facial Recognition Will Change Society
linkedin
May 09, 2019
With the number of cameras drastically increasing in our world, facial recognition is rapidly taking flight. Facial recognition is a biometric faceprint, where artificial intelligence maps an individual’s face mathematically. This faceprint is then stored in data. Later, the stored data can be compared with a live or digital image using deep learning to verify someone’s identity.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

Seven Guidelines to Ensure Ethical AI
linkedin
May 02, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data, and it will require artificial intelligence to make sense of all that data. Artificial intelligence is a broad discipline with the objective to develop intelligent machines.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

How to Prepare for an Automated Future: 7 Steps to Machine Learning
linkedin
April 24, 2019
The increasingly digital economy requires boards and executives to have a solid understanding of the rapidly changing digital landscape. Naturally, artificial intelligence (AI) is an important stakeholder. Those organisations that want to prepare for an automated future should have a thorough understanding of AI. However, AI is an umbrella term that covers multiple disciplines, each affecting the business in a slightly different way.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

Five Blockchain Trends for You to Consider this Year
linkedin
April 18, 2019
The blockchain ecosystem is rapidly expanding. New blockchains or different consensus mechanisms are announced continuously, resulting in a more mature ecosystem. For blockchain technology to achieve wide-scale adoption, a decentralised ecosystem has to be developed. To achieve a decentralised society, many more components need to be built, requiring global standards and large investments.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Could Blockchain Prevent the Internet of Vulnerable Things?
linkedin
April 11, 2019
The Internet of Things is coming. Unfortunately, connected devices have a variety of vulnerabilities and almost any smart device is a vulnerable device. Security issues include technical problems (outdated software, insecure data transmissions, etc.) and people problems (simple and default passwords, public Wi-Fi, etc.). As more devices connect to the internet and each other without proper security, the Internet of Things will quickly become the Internet of Vulnerable Things.

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Tags: Blockchain, IoT

Blockchain Requires Industry Collaboration: The Launch of INATBA
linkedin
April 04, 2019
When the web was developed over 25 years ago, the technologies in place significantly lowered the cost of building a global company. Thanks to the internet, it has become possible to reach a large part of the global population simply from behind your computer. Those companies who first understood the power of the web, and managed to execute their vision correctly, are now the leading global monopolies we are so familiar with: we use Google for finding information, Facebook or WeChat for social activities, Amazon to shop and Apple for our hardware, etc.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

Why AI Will Make Organisations More Humane
linkedin
March 14, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data. This will require smart algorithms to make sense of all that data. AI will enable organisations to leverage data and embed smartness in every process and customer touchpoint. When you put smartness to work, it will empower your employees and customers and make your organisation more humane.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

Why Academic Research Should Be Freely Available to All
linkedin
March 07, 2019
This week, the University of California announced that they cancelled the Elsevier subscription for academic journals. Elsevier refused to lower their fees and make UC articles open access available. This is a significant move as the University of California is one of the biggest producers of academic articles – with 50.000 articles per year. However, for many, this move might not have been very relevant. Therefore, some background information is required.

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Tags: AI, Innovation

Why Datafication is Key for the Organisation of Tomorrow
linkedin
February 28, 2019
Imagine, it is Friday afternoon, and after a long week at work, you and your colleagues decide to go to the bar to unwind and refresh with a nice cool glass of beer. You go to your favourite pub and upon reaching the bar order a few pints. However, instead of the bartender giving you your beloved beer, he hands you a plastic card and tells you that from now on, you can pour your own beer as much as you want and as often as you want.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, IoT

How to Control AI that Becomes Too Advanced?
linkedin
February 21, 2019
Artificial Intelligence is rapidly becoming more advanced. One of the organisations working on AI is OpenAI; the not-for-profit artificial intelligence research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk. Last week, they produced a paper demonstrating the progress they have made on predictive text software.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

How Security Tokens Could Change Liquidity and Transform the World’s Economy
linkedin
February 14, 2019
Traditionally, assets such as real estate, collectables and art have been relatively illiquid. This means that the asset cannot be easily bought or sold in the market. If an investor wants to sell a $100 million building, it usually will take some time before the investor has the money, if there is a market for in the first place. On the other hand, a company’s stock is relatively liquid as it can be quite easily converted into cash. Cash is considered the standard for liquidity as it can be converted into another asset at any moment.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

Why Ricardian contracts, not Smart Contracts, are Blockchain’s Killer Application
linkedin
February 07, 2019
Smart contracts have been dubbed the killer application of distributed ledger technology. Within every industry, smart contracts will provide significant efficiency benefits. They will reduce transaction times between stakeholders from weeks to minutes or seconds. Especially within global supply chains, smart contracts will kickstart data-enabled collaboration. They can offer trust, provenance and security while enabling instant transactions.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Understanding the Elements of Artificial Intelligence
linkedin
January 31, 2019
Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. The development of AI is speeding up on a daily basis. Only recently, Google’s DeepMind created the AI AlphaStar that secured a decisive victory against two grandmaster players of the game of StarCraft II. In a series of test matches they played, the algorithm won 5-0.

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Tags: AI

What is a Security Token Offering (STO) and Could it Replace the ICO?
linkedin
January 30, 2019
In 2017, there were 875 Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), raisingUS$6,23 billion, which equals on average US$7,12 million per ICO. In 2018, there were 1257 ICOs that raised US$7,85 billion, which comes down to an average of US$6,25 million. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these ICOs were done in the first months of 2018. In the past four months of 2018, the total amount raised was $873 million. There are no details yet on the deals done so far in 2019, but it can be safe to say that the amount will not be high. In the past years, we have seen the rise and fall of the Initial Coin Offering.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain

Why the Crypto Winter is Good for Blockchain
linkedin
January 17, 2019
In April 2017, the total market cap of the cryptocurrency market was US$25 billion. Nine months later, on January 8, 2018, the market cap reached its highest point of US$813 billion. A staggering increase of 3252% in just nine months. However, one month later, as of February 6, 2018, the market cap dropped to US$308 billion. A drop of 62% in just one month. End of November 2018, the market dropped to US$ 122 billion, another drop of 60% since February 2018. Since then, it has sort of stabilised around this market cap. It is clear that we are in a crypto winter.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

To Save Innovation, We Need to Change Science
linkedin
January 09, 2019
Science's primary activity is discovery. It aims to explain how the world works and we can use that knowledge to change our world. To do so, over the centuries, the scientific method was developed, and it has proven its value. It helps us answer practical, but often important, questions. Answering these questions often lead to innovations that improve our world.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Organisation in 2019
linkedin
January 03, 2019
2019 promises to be the Year of Truth, with a lot of new exciting developments. Blockchain will become the gold standard for supply chains, and crypto currencies will slowly start to increase in value again (though not bitcoin). There will be significant developments in quantum computing and machine learning, creating new opportunities to advance research. However, not all will be positive this year, as we will see new major security breaches this year.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

2018 in Review: The Year of Transition is Over
linkedin
December 19, 2018
Last year, I called 2018 the Year of Transition because technological developments are accelerating, but they had not yet reached the state of full maturity. Indeed, artificial intelligence did leap forward, with Uber developing a new machine learning technique and AI beating humans in the game Dota 2. As I correctly predicted, the ICO hype came to a near standstill. Among others due to the crypto bear market and additional scrutiny from regulators such as the SEC. We saw a new approach to data ownership with the launch of Solid PODs by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Finally, we saw that quantum computing is developed a lot faster than many had expected.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

3 Reasons Not to Use Blockchain in Your Organisation
linkedin
December 13, 2018
For the past years, blockchain has been a huge buzzword. Especially after the crypto hype of 2017, organisations were convinced that they had to do something with blockchain. If only it was changing your company name to include blockchain in it. Although we have are in a bear crypto market, blockchain remains a buzzword.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data, Blockchain

The Top 7 Technology Trends for 2019
linkedin
December 06, 2018
As the year comes to an end, it is time to look ahead to see what the next year will bring us. Last year, I predicted that 2018 would be the Year of Transition and a lot has happened indeed. The crypto market crashed with 60% since its peak at the beginning of the year. In addition, as I predicted, a new approach to data ownership is coming with Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s launch of Solid PODs. Now for the 7th year in a row, I offer you my two cents on the most important technology trends for 2019 to help you, and your business, prepare for the next year.

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Marketing

5 Qualities Your Next Chief Information Security Officer Should Have
linkedin
November 29, 2018
In a world where dataism has become the new normal for organisations, security has become a high priority. Or at least, it should be a top priority for organisations. Unfortunately, the reality is different, and every year, many consumers still become the victim of one of the hundreds of data breaches. Any organisation can be hacked, and without sufficient security measures in place, it can become very expensive.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Blockchain, Cybersecurity

Why Blockchain is Quickly Becoming the Gold Standard for Supply Chains
linkedin
November 22, 2018
Global supply chains are complex processes. Different companies, with distinctive objectives, are working together to achieve a common goal; to bring something from A to B. For a supply chain to work, partners have to trust each other. To do so, there are multiple checks-and-balances, extensive documents and different checkpoints all interacting in a web of bureaucratic processes. Knowing the amount of paperwork required to send a product from farm to plate, it is remarkable that we have managed to develop global supply chains.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Make Your Business Smarter with IBM Watson Studio
linkedin
November 15, 2018
A smart business is one that runs on the numbers. Today, open communication means more access to customers and competition than ever. Even small companies have world-wide customer lists, in part due to the increasingly streamlined logistics companies that help with shipping. In a business world of static customers and increasing competition, staying ahead of the curve often means staying on the leading edge of technology. Smart businesses leverage technology for direct gains, and that all comes down to the data. Efficiency improvements, trend tracking, smooth workflows and dozens of other internal operational improvements depend on the data you can collect and interpret.

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Tags: AI, Big Data

Incorporating Analytics into Your Organisation: 9 Use Cases
linkedin
November 07, 2018
Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics can each provide insights into the business and as such improve and optimise your performance and increase your competitive advantage. Descriptive and diagnostic analytics enable organisations to learn, sense, filter, shape and calibrate opportunities by providing insights as to what has happened in their environment. This will allow your organisation to better sense opportunities than the competition. Predictive analytics can improve your decision-making across your organisation to help you understand which opportunities are best to be seized depending on their future outcome.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data

Including Deep Learning into your Applications: How IBM Watson Studio's Services can Help
linkedin
November 01, 2018
Using AI to automate processes means substantial efficiency improvements in nearly any business function. Now, that same solution is being deployed to create better, faster and smarter AI technologies. Think of IBM Watson Studio as an AI that trains other AIs. It helps automate the Deep Learning process, so you can train your system to handle independent tasks much more rapidly. After all, some of the biggest barriers to entry with AI technology are the availability of skilled programmers, standardized formats for easy deployment and the sheer complexity involved in training any AI. With IBM Watson Studio services now available, those barriers are now awfully thin.

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How to Improve the Customer Experience with the Intelligent Enterprise?
linkedin
October 25, 2018
If you take care of your customers, your customers will take care of your shareholders. It is that simple. To create value for your shareholders, you should focus on your customers. Offering your most important stakeholder what they need, when they need it. Unfortunately, many organisations fail to recognise the customer as their most important stakeholder. Thereby threatening the success of the organisation.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Customer Experience

How to Build the Organisation of Tomorrow?
linkedin
October 17, 2018
A question that I get asked a lot is how should organisations navigate today’s digital transformation? An interesting question that encompasses different layers. It depends on who asks the question, the company involved, the industry the company is in, the size of the company, etc. Since the arrival of information technologies, digital transformation has been on the agenda for many organisations. Most of these organisations seem to be struggling with it.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Digital Transformation

7 Enterprise Blockchain Use Cases
linkedin
October 10, 2018
With the development of distributed ledger technology now ten years in the making, slowly enterprises are exploring the possibilities of blockchain as well. While most of the blockchain startups working on innovative solutions focus on public and/or permissionless blockchains, enterprises will predominantly use private and/or permissioned blockchains.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain

Building the Decentralised Ecosystem – Who is Involved?
linkedin
October 03, 2018
Last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee revealed his new vision, one where the internet becomes decentralised again as he originally had envisioned it. His technology is called Solid POD and will allow every internet user to store their own data, be it video; articles; wearable tracking data or comments, and share that with anyone or any website that has connected to the Solid ecosystem. Using the Solid POD, the user will remain in full control over their own data and who has access to it and who not.

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Tags: Blockchain, Startups

The 5P’s of a Self-Sovereign Identity
linkedin
September 27, 2018
Increasingly, big data is invading consumers’ lives. It affects consumers' privacy as the web has become such a centralised platform. When you have centralised organisations collecting so much consumer data and using it to offer personalised advertising to their users, it causes problems. As Jonathan Taplin discussed in his book Move Fast and Break Things, organisations that have access to so much data and use it to steer consumer behaviour could directly undermine our democracy. These centralised organisations do not forget or forgive. Since actions (i.e. data) speak louder than words, it is possible that data are defining human beings.

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Tags: Big Data, Privacy

3 Books
The Organisation of Tomorrow: How AI, blockchain and analytics turn your business into a data organisation
Routledge
August 01, 2019
The Organisation of Tomorrow presents a new model of doing business and explains how big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence force us to rethink existing business models and develop organisations that will be ready for human-machine interactions. It also asks us to consider the impacts of these emerging information technologies on people and society.

Big data analytics empowers consumers and employees. This can result in an open strategy and a better understanding of the changing environment. Blockchain enables peer-to-peer collaboration and trustless interactions governed by cryptography and smart contracts. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence allows for new and different levels of intensity and involvement among human and artificial actors. With that, new modes of organising are emerging: where technology facilitates collaboration between stakeholders; and where human-to-human interactions are increasingly replaced with human-to-machine and even machine-to-machine interactions. This book offers dozens of examples of industry leaders such as Walmart, Telstra, Alibaba, Microsoft and T-Mobile, before presenting the D2 + A2 model – a new model to help organisations datafy their business, distribute their data, analyse it for insights and automate processes and customer touchpoints to be ready for the data-driven and exponentially-changing society that is upon us

This book offers governments, professional services, manufacturing, finance, retail and other industries a clear approach for how to develop products and services that are ready for the twenty-first century. It is a must-read for every organisation that wants to remain competitive in our fast-changing world.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World
Routledge
August 15, 2018
The internet was envisaged as a decentralised global network, but in the past 25 years it has come to be controlled by a few, very powerful, centralised companies. Blockchain is a technological paradigm shift that allows secure, reliable, and direct information transfer between individuals, organisations, and things, so that we can manage, verify, and control the use of our own data.

Blockchain also offers a new opportunity for humanity to fix some major problems. It can authenticate data, manage its analysis, and automate its use. With better data comes better decision-making. In this way, Blockchain can contribute to solving climate change, reduce voting fraud, fix our identity systems, improve fair trade, and give the poor an opportunity to improve their lives by monetising their (digital) capital. A world built upon peer-to-peer transactions and smart contracts can empower individuals and communities.

This book offers a fresh perspective with which to consider this transformative technology. It describes how Blockchain can optimise the processes that run our society. It provides practical solutions to global problems and offers a roadmap to incorporate Blockchain in your business. It offers a blueprint for a better world. Filled with easy-to-understand examples, this book shows how Blockchain can take over where the internet has fallen short.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Think Bigger: Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business
Amacom
April 01, 2014
Big data - the enormous amount of data that is created as virtually every movement, transaction, and choice we make becomes digitized - is revolutionizing business. Offering real-world insight and explanations, this book provides a roadmap for organizations looking to develop a profitable big data strategy ...and reveals why it's not something they can leave to the I.T. department.

Sharing best practices from companies that have implemented a big data strategy including Walmart, InterContinental Hotel Group, Walt Disney, and Shell, Think Bigger covers the most important big data trends affecting organizations, as well as key technologies like Hadoop and MapReduce, and several crucial types of analyses. In addition, the book offers guidance on how to ensure security, and respect the privacy rights of consumers.

It also examines in detail how big data is impacting specific industries - and where opportunities can be found. Big data is changing the way businesses - and even governments - are operated and managed. Think Bigger is an essential resource for anyone who wants to ensure that their company isn't left in the dust.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Digital Transformation

1 Book Chapter
A Change for the Better; Earth 2.0
Books on Demand
February 16, 2016
Wrote the Chapter: "A Change for the Better; Earth 2.0" for the Internet of Things Executive Handbook 2016

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Emerging Technology

2 Founders
Data Donderdag
Data Donderdag
January 12, 2013
Data Donderdag is a bimonthly event at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on the impact of Big Data and to help organisations better understand Big Data. Without all the technical details but with concrete examples of how Big Data will change the way organisations work and do business. From Bytes to Business Case.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

Datafloq
Datafloq
January 01, 1970
Datafloq offers information, insights and opportunities to drive innovation with big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence. You can read high-quality articles, find vendors, post jobs, connect with talent, find or publish events and register for our online training.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

1 Influencer Award
Hade Ranks The 20 Most Influential Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Experts
Hade Platform
June 02, 2018
Want to learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain? These are the 20 people you must follow and learn from!

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

2 Journal Publications
The Politics of Openness
Cambridge University Press
July 07, 2019
Recently, openness has become a new approach in strategizing as ownership and control of internal assets are no longer vital to achieving competitive advantage (Chesbrough & Appleyard, 2007). Nowadays, knowledge is widespread and open systems are generally regarded as beneficial in terms of organizational design and work culture. However, openness also comes with politics and it is not a practice that will necessarily be welcomed by all. Openness changes the power dynamics within an organization; there are critics as well as friends, as we shall explore. Openness is a process that can change over time, becoming more or less open as events occur and contingencies or actors change. We are interested in how dominant organizational actors can seemingly manipulate “open systems” strategically. Openness is problematic per se for social systems. Systems endogenously construct their differentiation from other systems through closure achieved through specific cognitive rules. In this chapter, we use Clegg’s (1989) “circuits” approach to a theory of power to grasp the politics of openness in terms of three circuits of power. Some of the recent problems posed in the wider world of social media will be analyzed in terms of the three circuits to illustrate some potential problems.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Business Strategy

Avoid being the Turkey: How big data analytics changes the game of strategy in times of ambiguity and uncertainty
Long Range Planning
June 14, 2018
In order for organisations to remain competitive in times of ambiguity and uncertainty, there is a need to detect and anticipate unknown unknowns, also called ‘black swans’. When these are ignored they may lead to competitive struggles. In this paper, we build on this view and suggest that big data analytics can provide necessary insights to help change strategy making. Research suggests that ambidextrous organisations should focus on developing and maintaining their dynamic capabilities. Following on from this, we take a dynamic capabilities perspective and propose a theoretical framework to explain the intricacies of big data analytics. This framework explains the ability of organisations to detect, anticipate and respond strategically in ambiguous and uncertain business environments. For a meta-synthesis of 101 cases of big data analytics, we employ a multi-method approach that incorporates Natural Language Processing, semantic analysis and case analysis, allowing extraction and analysis of structured information from unstructured data. Overall, we find evidence of big data analytics helping to detect, anticipate and respond to industry disruption. We offer six propositions about the relationships between the levels of data analytics capabilities and strategic dynamic capabilities. We find that descriptive data analytics improves the capability of an organisation to understand the business context (sensing) and that predictive data analytics aids in the realisation of business opportunities (seizing). This study contributes to an understanding of big data analytics as a dynamic organisational capability that supports strategic decision-making in times of ambiguity and uncertainty. We conclude by suggesting areas for further investigation, particularly in regard to the strategic application of prescriptive data analytics.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Digital Transformation

4 Keynotes
Global Big Data Applications and Research Forum - Qingdao, China - Dr Mark van Rijmenam
Global Big Data Applications and Research Forum
November 23, 2016
Dr Mark van Rijmenam, an International keynote speaker, gave two keynotes at the Global Big Data Applications and Research Forum in Qingdao, China. This is his second keynote of the day.

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How to win your customer with predictive analytics
Seamless Dubai
June 22, 2016
Keynote of Mark van Rijmenam during Seamless in Dubai - June 1, 2016

Last year, Gartner took Big Data out of the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies but that does not mean that Big Data is dead. On the contrary, Big Data has become more important than ever. New technologies enable organisations to do more with data than ever before and it is completely changing how we work and live. In this keynote, International Big Data Influencer Mark van Rijmenam will share with you three big data trends, including inspiring examples, that will dramatically change your business in the years to come and he will explain why Big Data is more important than ever.

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The Collaboration Era – How to Thrive in an Exponential World
H-Farm
January 01, 1970
Presenting at Maize.live - H-farm, Venice.

We live in exponential times and simply having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. In order to transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers, business units and even things is increasingly becoming key. Especially with the availability of new technologies such as big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence, organisations now need, more than ever before, to focus on bringing together the different stakeholders in order to co-create the future. Big data empowers customers and employees, blockchain enables peer-to-peer collaboration, while artificial intelligence creates new human-machine interactions. In this keynote, Van Rijmenam will discuss how big data, blockchain and AI will change collaboration and in doing so enable a networked society.

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How to Thrive in an Exponential World
CFA Montreal
January 01, 1970
Presenting for CFA Montreal.

The presentation consisted of the following components:

Introduction: How is the collaboration era changing society
Big Data: How does big data empower employees and customers and how can organisations benefit from predictive analytics;
Blockchain: How will blockchain change decision-making, trust and governance and enable industry collaboration?
The convergence of Data and Blockchain: the full description, focus on SSI.
Artificial Intelligence: How does AI change collaboration and how can organisations ensure that AI does not inflict any damage.
The convergence of AI and Blockchain: DAO, where Self-sovereign identities rule
Takeaways: Three takeaways that enable the organisation to take action immediately.

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10 Media Interviews
Mark van Rijmenam: On the ‘gestalt shift’ of big data, blockchain and AI convergence
CloudTech
September 27, 2018
When emerging technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things converge, a ‘gestalt shift’ will occur, according to a new book. “The character of the experience will drastically change,” write Mark van Rijmenam and Dr. Philippa Ryan in Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World. “All of a sudden, we can see the world through a different, more technologically advanced, lens and this opens up a completely new perspective.

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Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and our World, a Conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam
BTCMANAGER
September 23, 2018
Named one of the global top 10 Big Data influencer and one of the most influential blockchain speakers, his latest book presents a comprehensive view on how blockchain technology can disrupt the world of today and how it can be used as a solution for many of the world problems.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain

Big Data & Analytics Heroes
IBM BigDataHub
September 18, 2018
Mark van Rijmenam, this week's IBM Big Data & Analytics Hero, is also founder of Datafloq: the one stop shop for big data, creating the big data ecosystem by connecting all stakeholders within the global big data market. He is an entrepreneur, a well sought after international public speaker and a big data strategist as well as author of the best-selling book "Think Bigger: Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business." Mark firmly believes that “developing a big data strategy requires the organization to have a good understanding of what big data is, what it entails and what the different possibilities are.”

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data

The Transformative Power of Blockchain: How Will It Affect Your Enterprise?
ORACLE
May 16, 2018
According to the World Economic Forum, 10 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) will be stored in blockchain technology by 2027. It has major implications in every industry: impacting how businesses are governed, how transactions are handled, and who owns the data they produce.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain

왜 '처방 분석'이 빅 데이터의 미래인가
한국일보
November 20, 2017
‘빅 데이터’(Big Data)는 ‘처방 분석’(Prescriptive Analytics) 등 다양한 형태의 ‘데이터 분석 시대’ 문을 열었다. 이런 분석 기법은 특정 상황에 가장 적합한 방법을 모색하는데 도움을 주고 있다. 특히 ‘3세대’ 혹은 ‘최종적’ 사업분석 기법으로도 불리는 ‘처방 분석’은 ‘설명(Descriptive) 분석’이나 ‘예측(Predictive) 분석’을 포괄하는 (선진) 개념으로 간주된다. ‘처방 분석’은 ‘예측 분석’ 및 ‘설명 분석’의 활용도를 끌어올려 (기업가 혹은 경영자들이) 당면한 문제를 해결하는 데 도움되는 이상적 결과 또는 해법을 제시한다. 아울러 ‘빅 데이터’의 미래도 주도하고 있다. 그런 변화의 상황들은 다음과 같다.

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Big Data in 2020: Featuring Mark van Rijmenam
SOUNDCLOUD
September 01, 2017
Big Data in 2020: Featuring Mark van Rijmenam

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Pricing Resources Blog Company Contact UsSUBMIT REQUIREMENT Interview with Mark van Rijmenam: Blockchain, Decentralised Autonomous Organisation, Big Data and More
PromptCloud
December 07, 2016
Mark van Rijmenam is the Founder of Datafloq. He is a highly sought-after international public speaker, a Big Data strategist and author of the best-selling book Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business. He has been named as a global top 10 Big Data influencer. Currently, he is pursuing PhD at University of Technology, Sydney on how organizations should deal with Big Data, the Blockchain and Algorithms.

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DATA SECURITY MUST BE YOUR TOP CONCERN. MARK VAN RIJMENAM GLOBAL TOP 10 BIG DATA INFLUENCER
Irish Tech news
September 01, 2016
I am Founder of Datafloq. Datafloq is the One-Stop Source for Big Data, creating the Big Data ecosystem by connecting all stakeholders within the global Big Data market. I am an international public speaker and a Big Data strategist, author of the best-selling book Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business. I am named a global top 10 Big Data influencer. Currently, I am also pursuing a PhD at University of Technology, Sydney on how organizations should deal with Big Data, the Blockchain and Algorithms.

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»Think big, start small«
Markt&Technik
April 26, 2016
Mark van Rijmenam: Aktuell lässt sich beobachten, wie besonders innovative Unternehmen klassische Geschäftsmodelle neu interpretieren und in datengetriebene Geschäftsmodelle transformieren, in deren Zentrum die Auseinandersetzung mit dem industriellen Internet der Dinge steht. Für diese neue, vernetzte, Ökonomie gibt es immer mehr Beispiele. Die Spieler sind sehr oft disruptive Start-ups, die wesentlich flexibler und innovativer sind als Unternehmen, die aus der Old Economy kommen.

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Mark Van Rijmenam: How Big Data is Transforming Our Lives
BigStep
January 14, 2015
You don't need to have massive data sets in order to start harnessing the power of Big Data, says Mark van Rijmenam, hoping to clear up one of the most common misconceptions of Big Data.The key to creating a successful Big Data strategy is to combine different data sources, which don't have to be extremely large. "That's why I like to call Big Data actually Mixed Data, as to truly get advantages out of Big Data you should mix different data sources," the co-founder and CEO of DataFloq adds.Mark is passionate about the possibilities of Big Data, which is why he helped created a site that purports to be the One-Stop Shop for Big Data.

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2 Speaking Engagements
Preparing for a Decentralised World
UAC Kuwait
January 01, 1970
Delivered a full-day workshop on Blockchain for a Kuwaiti bank.

Knowing what blockchain is and how it can contribute to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges is one thing; knowing how to develop a blockchain strategy is another thing altogether. Meanwhile, understanding how to implement a blockchain strategy within your business is even more difficult.

Blockchain, particularly when used in concert with emerging technologies such as Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence or the Internet of Things, offers organisations an opportunity to re-think their internal processes, remove inefficiencies and build a better organisation. However, within large process-oriented organisations, transforming a centralised business to a decentralised organisation, where cryptography is used to create trust, where smart contracts automate decision-making, and where governance is embedded in the code, can be a daunting task. While in fact, the steps that are required to transform your business into a decentralised organisation are clear and straightforward.

In this workshop, blockchain strategist Mark van Rijmenam covered everything blockchain that would be relevant for organisations. The interactive workshop will consist of seven blocks of content, offering a deep-dive into distributed ledger technologies. Participants are encouraged to have a discussion with each other to increase the learning curve.

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AI Workshop - Preparing for an automated, exponential, world
UAC Kuwait
January 01, 1970
AI Workshop

We live in exponential times and simply having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. In order to transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers, business units and even things is increasingly becoming key.

Especially with the availability of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, organisations now, more than ever before, need to focus on bringing together the different stakeholders in order to co-create the future. Big data empowers customers and employees, Internet of Things will create vast amounts of data and connects all devices, while artificial intelligence creates new human-machine interactions.

Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. The development of AI is speeding up on a daily basis. Only recently, Google’s DeepMind created the AI AlphaStar that secured a decisive victory against two grandmaster players of the game of StarCraft II. In a series of test matches they played, the algorithm won 5-0. Day by day, AI is becoming more intelligent and better adaptable to a complex situation.

With AI being developed at such speed, it is difficult to keep up with all the changes. However, having at least a basic understanding of what artificial intelligence is and what it is capable of, becomes more and more required in today’s society. Unfortunately, many organisation people have a narrow understanding of what AI is, and what not, and what AI can do, and cannot do.

That is why this workshop will give you the ins and outs of what AI is from a strategic perspective. Focused on the banking and oil and gas industries, the workshop will cover various examples of how companies in these industries benefit from AI. We will talk about concepts such as narrow AI, deep learning, neural networks or reinforcement learning, responsible AI and machine ethics. A basic understanding of AI can help in thinking how AI could improve your life and work.

In this workshop, Van Rijmenam will covered everything artificial intelligence that would be relevant for organisations. The interactive workshop will consist of six blocks of content, offering a deep-dive into artificial intelligence from a strategic perspective. Participants are encouraged to have a discussion with each other to increase the learning curve.

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

2 Visiting Lecturers
Big Data: It's time to Think Bigger
Nyenrode Business University
January 01, 1970
A Masterclass at Nyenrode Business University explaining the importance of Big Data for organisations.

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An Insurance for Disruption; Preparing for Tomorrow’s World
Nyenrode Business University
January 01, 1970
A Masterclass at University of Technology Sydney. We live in an ever-changing world and the strategic challenge that organisations face is to continuously adapt their strategy to this constantly, rapidly and unpredictably changing environment. Technology can help organisations do so and enable leaders to be the change within their business (unit) to remain competitive. This keynote will discuss three of these technologies that can enable leaders to deal with the changing customer landscape and how they can innovate and lead the pack. These technologies are: Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. Together, these three technologies change how we do business and they are the holy grail of the organisation of tomorrow. Those leaders that understand these technologies can become a catalyst for creating and driving change within their business unit.

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7 Article/Blogs
Why We Should Be Careful When Developing AI
Thinkers360
October 15, 2019
Artificial intelligence offers a lot of advantages for organisations by creating better and more efficient organisations, improving customer services with conversational AI and reducing a wide variety of risks in different industries. Although we are only at the start of the AI revolution, we can already see that artificial intelligence will have a profound effect on our lives, both positively and negatively.

The financial impact of AI on the global economy is estimated to reach US$15.7 trillion by 2030, with 40% of jobs expected to be lost due to artificial intelligence, and global venture capital investment in AI is growing to greater than US$27 billion in 2018. Such estimates of AI potential relate to a broad understanding of its nature and applicability.

The Rapid Developments of AI


AI will eventually consist of entirely novel and unrecognisable forms of intelligence, and we can see the first signals of this in the rapid developments of AI.

In 2017, Google’s Deepmind developed AlphaGo Zero, an AI agent that learned the abstract strategy board game Go with a far more expansive range of moves than chess. Within three days, by playing thousands of games against itself, and without the requirement of large volumes of data (which would normally be required in developing AI), the AI agent beat the original AlphaGo, an algorithm that had beaten 18-time world champion Lee Sedol.

At the end of 2018, Deepmind went even further by creating AlphaStar. This AI system played against two grandmaster StarCraft II players and won. In a series of test matches, the AI agent won 5–0. Thanks to a  deep neural network, trained directly from raw game data via both supervised and reinforcement learning, it was able to secure the victory. I

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Emerging Technology

Seven Guidelines to Ensure Ethical AI
Thinkers360
October 15, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data, and it will require artificial intelligence to make sense of all that data. Artificial intelligence is a broad discipline with the objective to develop intelligent machines.

AI consists of several subfields: Machine learning (ML), a subset of AI that enables machines to learn from data. Reinforcement learning, which is a subset of ML and focuses on artificial agents that use trial and error to improve itself. And deep learning, also a subset of ML that aims to mimic the human brain to detect patterns in large datasets and benefit from those patterns.

Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s, thanks to the work of Alan Turing, who is widely regarded as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Back then, Alan Turing already dreamed of machines that would eventually “compete with men in all purely intellectual fields”.

In the past years, we have come to a lot closer to Turing's dream. Thanks to billions of dollars in research spent by tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Apple and Microsoft, there has been increased attention on AI. Resulting in a variety of ever-more intelligent AI applications in almost every domain.

The EU and AI Ethics


With the attention for AI growing, also the call for ethical AI is growing. This is not surprising seeing the many problems we have encountered already. In 2016, Cathy O’Neil already pointed out, in her book Weapons of Math Destruction, the problems that can arise when we rely too much on unaccountable AI. These problems exist due to biased algorithms that are trained using biased data and developed by biased developers.

Earlier this month, the AI Now Institute warned that due to a lack of diversity within the AI development community, AI is at risk of preserving historical biases and power imbalances.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Sustainability

Why AI Will Make Organisations More Humane
Thinkers360
October 15, 2019
The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data. This will require smart algorithms to make sense of all that data. AI will enable organisations to leverage data and embed smartness in every process and customer touchpoint. When you put smartness to work, it will empower your employees and customers and make your organisation more humane.

When building the organisation of tomorrow, the first step is to datafy your organisation by collecting data at every process and customer touch point. The second step in the organisation of tomorrow is to distribute that data, either using centralised databases in the cloud or decentralised databases using distributed ledger technology. The third step is to analyse all that data and find patterns that will help to make sense of it. The final step in building the organisation of tomorrow is to automate it using artificial intelligence and smart contracts.

The Algorithmic Organisation


Automating your organisation using AI results in an algorithmic business. Within such organisation, algorithms define company processes, deliver customer services, act autonomously when necessary and as such define the way the world (or your company) works. Algorithms will become the intellect, the interoperability, the connection and the exchange between consumers, things, processes and information that define the value of your business. Thanks to machine learning and deep learning, algorithms will be able to understand user and/or device behaviour, learn from users and/or devices and perform the right action accordingly.

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How to Control AI that Becomes Too Advanced?
Thinkers360
October 15, 2019
Artificial Intelligence is rapidly becoming more advanced. One of the organisations working on AI is OpenAI; the not-for-profit artificial intelligence research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk. Last week, they produced a paper demonstrating the progress they have made on predictive text software.

The AI that they developed, called GPT2, is so efficient in writing a text based on just a few lines of input, that OpenAI decided not to release the comprehensive research to the public. Out of fear of misuse of the tool. Already, GPT2 has been described as the text version of deep fakes. Should we now be scared? Not yet. Should we be cautious? Definitely.

A journalist from The Guardian got access to the system and was allowed to play with it. As Hannah Jane Parkinson described, the AI system developed is “so good it had me quaking in my trainers when it was fed an article of mine and wrote an extension of it that was a perfect act of journalistic ventriloquism”.

The Problem of AI-Assisted Text writing?


AI such as GPT2 is only the beginning. When AI-assisted fake porn arrived at the end of 2017, we could have known that an AI-assisted fake text would not be far away. GTP2 was trained on a dataset of 8 million web pages. With approximately 1.8 billion websites available, this is a relatively small training set. Despite that, the system has become capable of producing reasonable samples for 50% of the time.

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30 Ways How AI Will Change Your Business
Thinkers360
October 15, 2019

Artificial intelligence has the power to change our society dramatically. Within the coming years, AI is likely taking over many of the jobs currently done by humans. Not only repetitive work can be taken over by AI, but also more difficult jobs such as customer service representative, journalist, chef, driver or team leader. It seems that many of the functions of existing organisations can be taken over by artificial intelligence, thereby of course, also creating many, yet unforeseen, jobs. As a result, organisations will look completely different in the future. Therefore, let’s see how AI will change your business. AI will:




  1. Accelerate administrative processes — administrative processes are often mundane tasks such as coordinating meeting requests, booking travel or making notes during meetings. A virtual assistant can do many of these tasks. The more advanced AI will become, the more tasks these virtual assistants can perform.

  2. Drive innovation — AI can help advance your R&D activities by providing insights into your customers’ (latent) needs, combined with how they use your products. That information can help to speed-up innovation

  3. Augment your employees to make them more effective and efficient — AI can provide your employees with the right information at the right moment to make them more efficient and effective, but also exoskeletons can augment your employees to make repetitive hard work easier. Ford has been rolling out exoskeletal technology globally to help employees who perform repetitive overhead tasks. Such AI skeletons can help employees accomplish accuracy and precision even when faced with immense complexity.


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How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt the Financial Sector
Thinkers360
September 10, 2019
Artificial intelligence thrives with data. The more data you have, the better your algorithms will be. However, just having a lot of data is not sufficient anymore. You also need high-quality data, or in the words of Peter Norvig, you need better data:

“We don’t have better algorithms, we just have more data. More data beats clever algorithm, but better data beats more data.” – Peter Norvig – Director of Research, Google

Nowadays, most organisations collect vast troves of data, but especially the financial sector is well-suited for also collecting high-quality data. Simply because of regulations and because a lot of data in the financial sector is structured data. There is also an abundance of data in public markets or other external sources that can be linked for additional insights. As it seems, banks and insurance companies can benefit a lot from AI, if implemented correctly, of course.

Besides, more and more consumers require financial institutions to innovate. They have become fatigued with overbearing fees to their manage capital and provide products such as credit. The below graph by State of AI clearly shows the difference in costs between traditionally managed wealth and automated management of wealth. As a result, the financial sector faces pressure (not only by customers but also by their shareholders) to reduce their operating expenses by adopting automation.

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The School of the Tomorrow: How AI in Education Changes How We Learn
Thinkers360
August 20, 2019
We live in exponential times, and merely having a digital strategy focused on continuous innovation is no longer enough to thrive in a constantly changing world. To transform an organisation and contribute to building a secure and rewarding networked society, collaboration among employees, customers, business units and even things is increasingly becoming key.

Especially with the availability of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, organisations now, more than ever before, need to focus on bringing together the different stakeholders to co-create the future. Big data empowers customers and employees, the Internet of Things will create vast amounts of data and connects all devices, while artificial intelligence creates new human-machine interactions. In today's world, every organisation is a data organisation, and AI is required to make sense of it all.

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