AI and Blockchain are both topics that have generated significant interest recently as these technologies are incorporated into business processes. As with all digital technologies, however, they are not discrete. Maturing technologies often converge to develop entirely new possibilities, and blockchain combined with AI could create some potent results in fintech, accountability, and in infrastructure.
The following videos look at this potential for convergence from several perspectives.
The videos are a mixture of talks, presentations and teaching material available under standard YouTube license, with landing page descriptions added. Minor edits have been made where necessary.
The Convergence of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (Patrick Schwerdtfeger)
Published on Sep 9, 2016
The fields of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are converging, and they will intersect soon. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning require vast amounts of data. That’s how they learn. Meanwhile, Blockchain allows for decentralized autonomous organizations which will soon involve hundreds of millions of people. Furthermore, platforms built on Blockchain technology will soon be powerful enough to support AI applications. At that point, AI could evolve very quickly and become, effectively, an unstoppable utility for the world’s population. No one knows exactly how this convergence will play out. Certainly, I do not either, but I know this is an exciting time and I plan on following the developments as they emerge. The results will most definitely affect us all.
Blockchains for Artificial Intelligence (PyData)
Published on Jul 26, 2017
This talk by Trent McConaghy describes the various ways in which emerging blockchain technologies can be helpful for machine learning / artificial intelligence work, from audit trails on data to decentralized model exchanges.
In recent years, big data has transformed AI, to an almost unreasonable level. Now, blockchain technology could transform AI too, in its own particular ways. Some applications of blockchains to AI are mundane yet useful, like audit trails on AI models. Some appear almost unreasonable, like AI that can own itself — AI DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) leading to the first AI millionaires. All of them are opportunities. Blockchain technologies — especially planet-scale ones — can help realize some long-standing dreams of AI and data folks.
Numerai – A Revolutionary Hedge Fund Built on Blockchain and AI (Epicenter)
Published on Jul 11, 2017
Numerai Founder Richard Craib discusses his radical project to build a hedge fund with network effects. Numerai manages its portfolio by giving its data in encrypted form to data scientists who compete to create the best predictions and get paid with cryptocurrencies. Numerai expects to radically alter the structure of the hedge fund and asset management industry.
Topics discussed in this Epicenter episode include:
- Quantitative trading and the role of AI in investing
- How Numerai uses crowdsourcing and AI to manage its portfolio
- The function of Numerai’s own token Numeraire
Code is Not the Law: Blockchain Contracts and Artificial Intelligence (Aliensyntax)
Published on Oct 28, 2016
A presentation by Adam Kolber (Brooklyn Law School) from The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence conference that took place October 14-15, 2016. It was hosted by the NYU Center for Bioethics in conjunction with the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness. Published by Livestream.com.