digital.davos 2019 just completed its very informative week in Davoswith top-notch guest speakers and panelists including names like Tim Draper, who pointed at various opportunities in AI investment and spoke about a global shift to digitalization, proudly showing his new virtual citizenship (passport) he recently received, thus advocating for similar points as did Vit Jedlicka (President of Liberland) during digital.davos. Vit, who founded his own country, is working on recognition from other countries worldwide. Both are also very positive regarding their outlook of the performance of cryptocurrencies which, like always, was controversially discussed during various sessions. A general sense of relief amongst the audience was sensed because the recent hype of blockchain is over. The general opinion that it’s now the time for professionals to do the work was shared by the majority. Many parallels were made to the 2000 bubble burst of the dot.com era and a general positive feeling about the industry was shared amongst the audience, with perhaps more realistic assumptions for the upcoming future.
This new emphasis on real-world solutions was not only perceived throughout the audience, but also evident on panels; for example, the panel on use cases of private blockchains, which included John Calian (SVP & Head of T Mobile Labs-Deutsche Telekom AG), Brian Behlendorf (Exec. Dir. Hyperledger), Oliver Krause (Founder Untitled Inc., Advantum Partners), Andrew Kolodyuk (Adventure Capita and founder of Divan.tv) and moderated by Karl Seelig (ChainBLX and inventor of the RingBack tone replacement). During this panel, John spoke about blockchain and its potential for an inter-telecom billing mechanism and the problem of standardization between telecoms (most telecom experts remember the old days when there were difficulties standardizing telecoms, starting with Signal Protocol 7 and Camel). All in all, it is difficult to convince multiple players to use the same technology and methodology. This is probably why all of the panelists discussed solutions, which were based on Hyperledger.
Wladimir Klitschko spoke about the internal drive needed to achieve success. He interestingly promoted another view of globalism other than that shared by Draper and Jedlicka; a view of localism. According to him, various cities will gain more importance than the countries in which they are located.
IOTA foundation charmed us with its panel about social impact and a world where everyone will be able to own their personal data, represented by Dominik Schiener (Founder and Co-Chairman of IOTA). A vision was also shared by Samantha Zirikin (CEO and Founder of Point 93) who is more focused on the retail side about permission-based access to personal data.
Mike Butcher (Editor At Large at TechCrunch) moderated a panel with Arun Kant (CEO Leonie) and Steven Papermaster(CEO Nano) about the next Ueber moment in healthcare, where the need of sharing information amongst physicians was shown to increase the effectiveness of treating patients with similar symptoms by combining AI and blockchain technology. A combination of this with AI technology took us to outer space by Joe Landon, who spoke about the newly developed Mars probes, an AI navigation-based system and the advantages of AI in space travel.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne (Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) joined a migration panel together with Henri Partners, which provides migration services to the top one percent of the migrants.
Congressman Jason Hsu (Taiwan) updated the Davos community that he continues to push blockchain friendly regulations in Taiwan and about his vision to advocate for cryptocurrencies and need for self-regulations in the market.
Also, multiple people from the media and press went to the stage discussing fake news. It was recognized by most that fake news attacks will be a problem in the future and some expressed the fear that the combination of such attacks with the utilization of AI will create a problem that may result in many serious conflicts in the world. Others added that the decline of ethically reporting is due to the fact that news is more or less making money through click advertisement and audience viewership, thus forcing reporters to be inclined to go off-topic in order to catch some additional clicks instead of factual reporting.
At the conclusion of the event, ChainBLX presented its bounty-based self-accreditation service for white papers and news for blockchain-related topics, a project which was more than in touch with the overall theme of digital.davos 2019. digital.davos 2019 was recently founded by Doug Stromback who asked Karl Seelig, founder of ChainBLX, to curate this year’s program, making, therefore, digital.davos a truly high-quality, content-driven and most sought-after venue in Davos.