Bitcoin 2.0 Enables Networks Where Trust Is Not Needed

22A problem mathematicians have been working on for a long time is how different parties can know if information exchanged online represents the consensus, without the need to rely on a third party. Until recently, this was considered impossible. This problem is also known as the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. To quote from the original paper defining the problem: “[Imagine] a group of generals of the Byzantine army camped with their troops around an enemy city. Communicating only by messenger, the generals must agree upon a common battle plan. However, one or more of them may be traitors who will try to confuse the others. The problem is to find an algorithm to ensure that the loyal generals will reach agreement.” In a system with intermediaries, it is always possible that one of the parties is consciously or unconsciously filtering or changing information. The solution to this problem must by definition therefore be a system where trust is not needed. This requirement can only be met by decentralized systems. [Read more…]

Get started on building Apps

I’ve put together a series of videos on getting started with Apps creation. Check them out:

The first video focuses on things that you should keep in mind before starting an application project.

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Manage project or deliver?

dilemma-270x300There are times when the implementation team (comprising developers, testers, UI designers, etc.) is considered not good enough to complete a project or get things done on their own. There is a general tendency to include senior management to the list of “responsible people” for important projects, as it’s commonly believed that the management can solve all problems.

If senior managers are not seen or heard, everything is considered to be OK. A bit like “no feedback is good feedback.” However, when there’s a problem, senior managers feel an urge to solve those, as they think it’s the most  reasonable thing to do. [Read more…]

16 Tech Trends the Big VC’s are watching

369c560The founders of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz have invested successfully in just about every significant startup you can think of. And when they talk, I listen. Now they have put up a list of 16 major tech trends they are watching, or as they say:

We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category.

Accompanying the list are insightful descriptions of the opportunities in each category. In this post I want to highlight a few of these insights by making a selection out of their descriptions. [Read more…]

25 Disruptive Technology Trends 2015 – 2016

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In this slidedeck by Brian Solis (Altimeter) 25 technology driven trends are presented. You will recognize some of the stuff in there from the last months of 2014 (like Blockchains), but Solis listed the trends that will evole troughtout 2015 and 2016. Topics include cyber security, mobile payments, drones, bitcoin, social media, digital, omnichannel, attribution, customer XP, music and movies.  [Read more…]

My 5 picks from CES 2015

CES-2015It’s about connectivity at this years CES 2015. The internet of things (internet of everything) is connecting the internet to a whole range of things from guns to pets. The biggest trends at CES are smart homes, connected cars, wearables and TV’s. But although it might not look like it, CES is more than just gadget overload. In this post I picked 5 products that to me resemble the broader trends of this years CES.  [Read more…]

Top 10 VINT posts in 2014: #3-#1

10Just like last year, we end the year with a list of the ten most read posts here on the VINT blog. Read about our plans for 2015 together with Sogeti Labs in this post. If you like the blog, you might want to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

To all our readers, see you next year!

1. YOUR INTERNET OF THINGS TINKERING KIT: 10 NECESSARY TOOLS & TIPS by Jaap Bloem
There is tons about the Internet of Things (IoT), we do not know or are not sure of – yet! Mainly concerning its future applicability. Will the IoT become the Internet of Everything (Cisco), the Internet of Your Things, from manufacturing to retail (Microsoft), the Internet of Things and Services (Bosch), the Internet of Things, Sensors and Actuators (Vint Cerf), or the Internet of Things and Humans (Tim O’Reilly). Will there be 50 billion “Things” connected to the Internet by 2020 (Cisco), or 26 billion, PCs, tablets and smartphones excluded (Gartner). And how will things be connected to one another? Are there indeed trillions of easy profit to gain? Exactly by whom, through what, where, when, why, and how?

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Top 10 VINT posts in 2014: #7-#4

10Just like last year, we end the year with a list of the ten most read posts here on the VINT blog. Read about our plans for 2015 together with Sogeti Labs in this post. If you like the blog, you might want to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

To all our readers, see you next year!

4. WEARABLE COMPUTING: HARDWARE IN ALL SHAPES AT CES 2014 by Thomas van Manen
2014 is expected to be the year of the wearable. If CES is any indication that is. Me and Sander have been quite busy following the wearables trend and our next VINT report, available at the end of this month, dives deeper into this trend and deals with questions on how this will evolve, what to expect on the application side of things and how this might lead to a era of more empathic devices.

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Top 10 VINT posts in 2014: #10-#8

10Just like last year, we end the year with a list of the ten most read posts here on the VINT blog. Read about our plans for 2015 together with Sogeti Labs in this post. If you like the blog, you might want to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

To all our readers, see you next year!

8. PHILIPS IS TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE WITH CONNECTED APPS by Jaap Bloem
Without even mentioning the five SMACT forces that define the current Decade of Smart, Jeroen Tas, CEO Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions & Services, and Member of VINT’s Board of Recommendation; and his close friend Lucien Engelen, Director Reshape Innovation Center at the Radboud University Medical Center, in this most interesting video discuss the importance and viability of what is known as Hospital to Home or redefining healthcare through innovation in telehealth.

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Our top 10 2014: Internet of Things ‘bubble’ to burst 14 years after Dotcom bubble

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From December 23 to January 2, we will re-publish the 10 most read articles of 2014. #7 is this post by Rick Bouter that was orginally published on March 21. [Read more…]