Blockchain Meetup 12: The Convergence of AI & Blockchain

Michael Reuter

15 March 2018

The Convergence Thesis: We strongly believe that blockchain technology will prove as the key underlying technology stack for the technologies that emerge with numerous applications on top of it. This view has been influenced by Outlier Ventures’ Jamie Burke, who coined the term ‘convergence’.

Blockchain provides an infrastructure for emergent trends like; IoT, 3D Printing, Autonomous Robotics (drones) to scale securely. More specifically, there are a handful of emerging technologies that hold the most promise for this blockchain-enabled convergence:

– Artificial Intelligence (AI)
– The Internet of Things (IoT)
– Autonomous Robotics (Drones & Autonomous Vehicles)
– Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)
– 3D Printing

It is the ability of blockchains to enable automated and intelligent M2M (machine-to-machine) networks that could transform design & manufacturing, distribution & logistics as well as retail & commerce. This will impact almost every supply chain from health to construction and manufacturing.

Our first talk: Jamie Burke, Founder and CEO, Outlier Ventures
Jamie will dial-in and will provide us with OV’s convergence perspective on the role of blockchain tech’s interaction with other technologies.

Our second talk: Aleksander Kapitonov and Aleksander Krupenkin, AIRA Lab
Two researchers from ITMO University (Saint Petersburg, Russia), who come to discuss about Robots, Economics, Ethereum Smart Contract and how they created the AIRA LAB project with those ingredients.

Autonomous Intelligent Robot Agent project implements the standard of economic interaction between human-robot and robot-robot via liability smart contracts. AIRA LAB makes it possible to connect a variety of different robots to the market of robots’ liabilities existing on Ethereum for the direct sale of data from robot sensors, ordering of logistics services, and organization ordering of personalized products at fully automated enterprises.

More information on AIRA.