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17 research articles with convergence tag
The Convergence Stack
The Convergence Stack is a further refinement of the Outlier Ventures investment thesis first published in 2016 anticipating the convergence of blockchains with IoT, AI and eventually robotics.
Token design: the deployment phase, focusing on system safety
As Web 3.0 continues to develop and various projects build out important infrastructure to scale a decentralised web to the masses, many of these protocols can be viewed as public utilities to be used by new emerging market applications.
A Real Use Case for Blockchains: A Global Data Commons
Today, I want to talk about a use case that only blockchain technology can deliver. They are few and far between and usually revolve around applications that demand censorship-resistance. Indeed, a public data commons demands just that.  
Building a New Data Infrastructure with Blockchains and the Internet of Things
The new data value ecosystem sees data captured by the Internet of Things, managed by blockchains, automated by artificial intelligence, and all incentivised using crypto-tokens. For a summary of the thesis take a look at the introductory blog, and for a deeper look into Blockchains, Community, & Crypto Governance have a read of my last post here. Today though I want to talk specifically about the convergence of blockchains and the Internet of Things.  
The End of Scale: Blockchains, Community, & Crypto Governance
We are excited to introduce the Outlier Ventures vision of the future and our investment thesis: The Convergence Ecosystem. The new data value ecosystem see data captured by the Internet of Things, managed by blockchains, automated by artificial intelligence, and all incentivised using crypto-tokens. For a summary of the thesis take a look at the introductory blog, today I want to take a deeper look at how important communities, governance and politics will play in this new era.
Introducing the Convergence Ecosystem
Here we introduce the Outlier Ventures vision of the future and our refined thesis: The Convergence Ecosystem. Download the full paper here.
Cleaning up crypto, let’s get back to the future!
2017 has been one hell of a year for everyone in crypto. However, like all those who have been involved professionally for many years now, on the one hand we feel vindicated (and a little wealthier), on the other hand frustrated.
Why we are investing in Botanic & SEED Token
Through the SEED token sale, Botanic Technologies (a company that boasts clients including Fortune 100s, startups and multiple government agencies) is open-sourcing its otherwise proprietary IP to supercharge an open industry standard for the common good.
Disrupting Tech Monopolies & AI Tycoons — Part 2
Blockchains combined with artificial intelligence is more than just a technical innovation: it’s an economic paradigm shift
Disrupting Tech Monopolies & AI Tycoons — Part 1
It is almost banal to say it, but as a society we have a data problem. Most of the World’s data is held on private servers.
WHY WE ARE BACKING EVERNYM & THE SOVRIN FOUNDATION
If you have spoken to me recently you will know myself and the Outlier team are really very excited to have announced at the beginning of the month becoming Evernym’s, and the Sovrin Foundation and it’s token’s, lead investor and strategic partner. As with every investment we wanted to find some time to provide the rationale to our decision which I have laid out below.
Token Interoperability in Community Token Economies
First, there was Bitcoin. Then there was the altcoin boom. Then the hot new stuff was blockchains without coins. And if you’ve spent any time in the cryptocurrency space lately, you’ll know tokens are the thing of the moment with 10 or more new ones every week.
Overview of Community Token Economies
With every emergent technology comes business innovation that changes how value is captured and delivered.
The Next Stage in ICOs: The Community Token Economy
Outlier Ventures, after 3 months of deep research, is pleased to share with you it’s vision for the next stage of the token economy: The Community Token Economy which can be downloaded for free from our website.
99% of Blockchain Startups are Bullshit
Are you also getting the feeling blockchain is a load of bullshit? Are you struggling to see how any of this will ever make any money? Fear not we help you cut through the hype and explain our 'blockchain +' investment thesis.
Download our paper: Exploring Blockchain-Enabled Convergence
Identity on the Blockchain
Dealing with identity of users is both a profound challenge and a promising opportunity for blockchain technology. We first explored identity in early 2015, when we identified 9 building blocks for a successful blockchain industry. So how are things mid-2016?