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Diplomatic World_nummer 56.

Google chief, Sundar

Google chief, Sundar Pichai, repeated a line he first delivered at an MSNBC event last week, about how artificial intelligence is more important to humanity than fire or electricity. He said that despite concerns about AI, the potential benefits cannot and should not be ignored. “The risks are substantial, but the way you solve it is by looking ahead and thinking about AI safety from day one, and by being transparent and open about how we pursue it,” he said. “We must ensure the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds with humanity at its centre, not technology.” Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, even criticized crypto-currency at the forum in Davos as a landmark phenomenon. When the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, talked about the damage to the world energetics from the crypto-currency mining, Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, compared bitcoin with gambling, and George Soros claimed that cryptocurrencies are a nest for dictators. These commentaries show how large-scale the use of blockchain has become, if decisions on its basis attract the attention of such major figures in the financial world. Alexander Shulgin with Valery Vavilov, founder and CEO of Bitfury group, leading Bitcoin Blockchain company 66 With over 400 sessions on the official programme in Davos, many contradicting things are said. The upper classes do not know what to do next, or they know, but they are unable to declare such knowledge. The lower classes do not want to. 187 blockchain events were held, when at the same time double that amount of ‘upper class’ events was being held in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Although the statistics of the ‘upper class’ are impressive, as you can see below, new revolutionaries do not pay attention to what they are saying. They are probably following the famous paraphrasing of Che Guevara: “Give me 30 likeminded people and I will make a revolution in any country”. • 6 million individual unique visitors to the World Economic Forum’s website during the week of Davos • The world’s most influential people shared World Economic Forum content on their social media channels – including French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and US President Donald Trump. The combined potential reach of all the accounts who shared Forum content is over 1 billion. • Over 150 Davos participants answered a direct question from the global public, posted to Instagram using the #sharedfutures tag • During the week of Davos, more than 33 million minutes of Forum-produced video were watched by members of the global public, over 50 million individual video streams. • 21 million views of over 200 sessions streamed from the WEF website, on Facebook, and Twitter in 6 languages • 225.000 stories about the World Economic Forum appeared in the global press during January 2018, over 25% more than 2017 At the same time one of the leaders of decentralized technologies, the Consensys company, declared that they are ready to Transform not a country or a continent, but the whole world. This was written in Davos in their Pavilion and online media: “CONSENSYS IS A GLOBAL FORMATION OF TECHNOLOGISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATIONS, AND PRACTICES ON THE ETHEREUM PLATFORM THAT ENABLE A DECENTRALIZED WORLD.”

Now take a look at what they and their colleagues discussed in Davos, while the ‘upper classes’ lamented that this was impossible and there were a lot of dangers around. The post-pioneers were methodically discussing how to save the World. And the more the ‘upper classes’ lamented, the more clearly the new future leaders found solutions, while sitting in the Pavilion: - Blockchain Beyond Earth - The Future of Government - The Future of Education - The Future of Infrastructure and Transportation - Simply Vital Health - Blockchain for Climate Action and Climate Finance ‘We, the People of Blockchain’. Yes, they say that they are a new nation/race: they are CryptoNation. Let me introduce a new term that is more mainstream than a capitalist or a socialist: ‘decentralist’. At the same time, many relevant issues were discussed in the large and modern Blockchain Central Pavilion, hosted by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC): - Blockchain for Governments and Regulators - Blockchain in the Developing World - Blockchain for the Environment - Identity (Friday) Alexander Shulgin with Bill Tai, active investor in CryptoWorld If most people think that a new blockchain-based industry is just crypto-currency, I think that the issues discussed at this parallel Davos by the leaders of the crypto industry speak for themselves. And if most people still think that the leaders are just boys, students, speculating in the market of cryptocurrencies, then not only relevant issues that they discussed point the seriousness of these young revolutionaries, but also those guests and partners who were with them all the time to learn new things. ATTENDEE HIGHLIGHTS: Participants in GBBC events include, but are not limited to: • The Hon. Carl Bildt — Former Prime Minister of Sweden • Peteris Zilgalvis — EU Commission • Matthew Harrington — Edelman • Alex Petland — MIT Media Lab • Yorke Rhodes — Microsoft • Dr. Wang Wei — China Mergers & Acquisitions • Joel Tepner — Sullivan & Worcester • Valery Vavilov — The Bitfury Group • The Hon. Eva Kaili — EU Parliament • The Hon. Taavi Rovias — Former Prime Minister of Estonia • The Hon. Laurent Lamothe — Former Prime Minister of Haiti • Jamie Smith — GBBC/Bitfury/WEF Blockchain Council Co-Chair • Sandra Ro — UWINCorp • Elizabeth Rosiello — BitPesa • Roya Mahboob — Digital Citizen Fund • Jennifer Zhu Scott — Radian Blockchain Ventures • Yew Phang Kiat — Chong Sing Holdings Fintech • Brian Behlendorf — HyperLedger • Daniel Gasteiger — Procivis • Xu Ming Xing — OKlink • Albert Isola — Minister of Commerce, Govt. of Gibraltar • Tomicah Tillemann — New America/GBBC • Jim Newsome — Former Chairman of the CFTC • Meltem Demirors — Digital Currency Group • Julius Akinyemi — MIT/UWINCorp • Alan Cohn — Steptoe/Georgetown Law • Sebastian Vos — Covington • Mariana Dahan — World Identity Network • Dakota Gruener — ID2020 • Jemma Green — Power Ledger/City of Perth • Leanne Kempe — Everledger/WEF • Michael Casey — MIT/CoinDesk • Ruth Wandhofer — Citi 67