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The power of cryptocurrency education

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If mass adoption of cryptocurrency is ever going to happen, we need widely-available cryptocurrency education to happen first.

People won’t use what they don’t understand. We saw this with initial resistance to the internet, social media, and smartphones. In the case of these three technologies, there wasn’t a lot of education needed to get people to eventually get on board: the tech just had to become more accessible, more useful, or cool enough that suddenly everybody wanted it.

Cryptocurrency is more complicated than a smartphone, however. Just as we educate children about fiat money in age-appropriate ways, through allowances and budgeting and savings accounts, we must also teach the mainstream audience about how to use and interact with cryptocurrency, to protect them from making foolish decisions.

A child who has not been educated about money might blow their allowance on candy rather than saving up for a new video. An adult who has not been educated about cryptocurrency, on the other hand, might share their private keys with a scammer or invest in a KaratBars-style scam.

 

Knowledge is power

When we teach people about cryptocurrency, we empower them to make smart decisions. A person who understands the importance of their private keys will keep them in a safe place and not share them with scammers. A person who has learned how to perform due diligence won’t invest in the first get-rich-quick scheme that lands in their inbox. A person who has learned how the blockchain works will understand whether or not blockchain implementation will improve their business’s operations.

We can’t just hand the world blockchain and cryptocurrency and expect them to know what to do with it. If mass adoption of cryptocurrency is ever going to happen, we need widely-available cryptocurrency education to happen first.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already a member of the crypto community and you have some understanding of the underlying technology and tokenomics. But if you’re relatively new yourself, you may have trouble properly explaining these concepts to the people in your life. It’s a frustrating experience, having just enough knowledge about something to be excited about it, but not enough to get other people to understand and be excited, too.

 

Invite people to learn alongside you

You are in the perfect position to serve as an ambassador for cryptocurrency and the blockchain. Your passion and excitement is probably contagious, and your curiosity is likely driving you to learn more. Harness that! Now is the time to ask your friends and family to join you on this exciting journey into the new frontier of cryptocurrency.

One good way to do this is to get people to join you for a class. You may be able to find an in-person workshop that’s open to the public. But another good option is to join an online class together — this offers a lot more flexibility, and also allows you to invite people to join you regardless of the geographical distance between you.

The great thing about learning alongside someone is that there’s a lot of opportunity for discussion. When you’re attending the same class, you’re on the same ground. You know what your friend has already learned, because you learned it alongside them. And because you have a little more experience than they do, you’ll be in a good position to help them, by clearing up something they didn’t quite understand in class, or pointing them to good resources for further learning.

 

Top tips for getting a good crypto education

  1. Whether you decide to sign up for an on-line course or educate yourself by reading articles and watching videos, make sure you’re learning from a reliable, up-to-date source.
  2. Learn how to do your own due diligence. Whether you’re considering a workshop, an exchange, or an investment opportunity, you should know how to perform the proper research.
  3. Be wary of anyone offering fast profits or guaranteed returns. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. Never transfer your crypto funds to a teaching platform without being 100% confident that they are trustworthy. Actually, never transfer your crypto funds to anyone unless you’re confident in who you’re dealing with.
  5. Stay on top of news and developments in the industry by getting your news from trusted, crypto-centric sources.
  6. Look for high-quality subreddits, Telegram chats, and forums where people actually discuss cryptocurrency rather than hyping the next get-rich-quick scheme.

Mass adoption doesn’t just happen. It happens because people find something great, and they want to share it with others. You’ve learned how exciting cryptocurrency can be. How will you share that with the people in your life?

 

Online platforms for a crypto education

You have several options available if you’d like to pursue an online education in cryptocurrency and the blockchain:

  • Cointelligence Academy – If you’re looking for an online class suitable for everyone from crypto enthusiasts to total beginners, we’d like to invite you to Cointelligence Academy, a course series designed to cover everything from the basics of bitcoin and blockchain to how to perform due diligence on crypto projects. These classes are presented by Cointelligence staff who have years of experience in cryptocurrency and a passion for crypto education. 
  • Introduction to Digital Currencies at UNIC – Get a taste of the University of Nicosia experience by enrolling in the world’s first free MOOC (massive open online course) on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. This introductory course is taught by the CEO of UNIC and a Bitcoin entrepreneur, so students are sure to get an expert education.
  • BlockGeeks – Considered by many to be the leading crypto academy, this platform offers unlimited access to a variety of courses at a monthly fee. They also offer a “Blockdegree” in ETH. Much of their education is geared towards Ethereum, so those looking to get a job on an ERC-based project may do well to look into this platform for their professional development.

There’s an option out there for every student. Consider what your goals are, how much time and money you have to invest in your education, and how you like to learn, and get started on getting a great crypto education today. Every step you take to learn more is another step towards mass adoption.

 

About the author: On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, a company that conducts data research and analysis for the crypto economy. On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association.

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Bright Pattern Announces AI-Powered Omnichannel Quality Management Solution

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Bright Pattern, the most powerful cloud contact center with AI for innovative companies, today announced the release of Bright Pattern Omnichannel Quality Management (Omni QM). Omni QM is embedded in the Bright Pattern Omnichannel platform, and allows quality management on all channels in a single interface. This eliminates the need for costly integrations, improves useability and manageability, and drastically reduces costs all while delivering unparalleled functionality. Bright Pattern is the first to deliver the power of easy, personal omnichannel conversations together with omnichannel quality management.

Most companies only monitor their voice channel, sampling a very small percentage of interactions. Bright Pattern Omni QM is built for a digital world with quality assurance for new digital channels like chat, text, bots, or messengers. Omni QM is native to the platform and does not require expensive bolt-on systems.

Industry analysts from Forrester have cited the importance of AI and its future evolution as part of the customer experience platform, and in response Bright Pattern has embedded omnichannel quality management directly into its omnichannel contact center platform: “Increasingly, artificial intelligence will become embedded in contact center applications, leading to the emergence of a cognitive contact center,” noted Art Schoeller, Vice President and Principal Analyst of Forrester Research.

Bright Pattern’s Omni QM provides unique functionality for today’s digital world including:

  • Omnichannel quality management to monitor every interaction on every channel
  • “Micro-level” quality monitoring for the scoring and grading of individual interactions
  • “Macro-level” quality management to monitor by channel, journey type, and customer segment
  • AI-powered quality management for automatically identifying key interactions to “act in-the-moment”
    • Automatically detect and route interactions to quality managers for scoring and training
    • Automatically detect and route poor interactions to retention specialists to resolve customer issues in-the-moment

We created Bright Pattern to offer the easiest, most powerful cloud contact center platform for businesses of every size.”, noted Konstantin Kishinsky, Founder and CTO of Bright Pattern.  “Just as we were the first to natively include all channels in a single platform to make seamless omnichannel conversations possible, we are now the only cloud contact center provider to offer omnichannel quality management for every channel and every interaction as part of our platform.”

 

SOURCE Bright Pattern

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Volumetric Display Market Size Worth $705.9 Million by 2025 | CAGR: 28.5%: Grand View Research, Inc.

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The global volumetric display market size is expected to reach USD 705.9 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 28.5% over the forecast period, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Several in-built features such as visualization of holographic aerial images in free space, 360-degree spherical viewing angle, autostereoscopic capabilities, and motion-based depth cues are likely to drive the market over the forecast period.

Volumetric displays are widely preferred across several industries such as military and defense, healthcare, media, communication, entertainment, and aerospace owing to their built-in features. Massive investments in R&D by prominent market players such as LightSpace Technologies Inc. are estimated to create a significant opportunity for players to gain a substantial market share over the coming years. Moreover, these investments are majorly focused on improving overall in-built features of volumetric displays, which will cater to growing consumer demand for enhanced visual experiences during gaming and other applications. Robust deployment of 5G network infrastructure is further anticipated to spur the adoption of volumetric displays to provide seamless connectivity and enhanced experience to customers during video calls.

Key suggestions from the report:

  • By type, the static volume segment captured the major market share in 2018 owing to its features such as aerial images in free space, 360-degree spherical viewing angle, and motion-based depth cues
  • The swept volume segment is expected to witness rapid growth owing to significant investments by market players to develop advanced products within this category
  • In 2018, the medical segment attained a market size of around USD 50.0 million and is estimated to register substantial growth owing to increasing adoption of this technology in healthcare for viewing 3D imaging by extracting stored data from Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Computed tomography (CT), and other systems
  • North America accounted for the largest share in the global volumetric display market and is anticipated to exhibit the highest CAGR of more than 30.0% over the forecast period. The growth is due to rapidly increasing defense and healthcare spending to deploy modern technologies to obtain improved visualization during critical situations
  • Companies are aggressively investing in R&D to develop new products with enhanced features to strengthen their market position and enhance their product portfolio
  • Key players in the market include Lightspace Technologies Inc.; Voxon Photonics Pty Ltd.; The Coretec Group Inc.; and Holoxica Ltd.

Read 90 page research report with ToC on “Volumetric Display Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Display Type (Static Volume, Swept Volume), By End Use (Medical, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 – 2025” at:
https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/volumetric-display-market

Advances in medical imaging technologies for more accurate diagnosis is expected to offer avenues for the market from 2019 to 2025. Use of volumetric displays in medical imaging applications to create real-time visualization of medical images enables a comprehensive acceptance of the technology across the industry. These are also used in several defense applications, such as visual representation of data related to situational awareness across the sea, space, land, and cyber space during simulation and training. Rapidly increasing defense spending for technological advancements in key countries such as U.S. and China, is also expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Additionally, key market players are focusing on establishing partnerships and agreements with investors in order to raise funding to expand their market presence. However, high manufacturing costs owing to the intricate design of the product is expected to hinder the overall market growth in the coming years.

Grand View Research has segmented the global volumetric display market based on display type, end use, and region:

  • Volumetric Display Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2025)
    • Static Volume Display
    • Swept Volume Display
  • Volumetric Display End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2025)
    • Medical
    • Aerospace & Defence
    • Automotive
    • Media, Communication, & Entertainment
    • Education & Training
    • Others (Oil & Gas, Mining, etc.)
  • Volumetric Display Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 – 2025)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • Germany
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Australia
    • Rest of the World

Find more research reports on Display Technologies Industry, by Grand View Research:

  • Quantum Dot (QD) Display Market – Increasing demand for optimized display devices with better resolution quality and performance has driven the adoption of QD technology across various consumer electronics application areas.
  • Outdoor LED Display Market – Increasing demand for better resolution and affordable solutions is expected to drive the industry over the forecast period. The industry is characterized by rising trend towards interactive media.
  • Head-Up Display Market – Number of shipments of Head-Up Display (HUD) in 2016 was estimated to 3.75 Million units and is expected to witness a significant increase in terms of volume over the forecast period.

 

SOURCE Grand View Research, Inc.

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Minister Bains announces new cybersecurity centre to help protect Canadians online

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From left: Ajay Bhalla, President Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard; Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard; the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; and Ian McKay, CEO, Invest in Canada. (CNW Group/Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)

 

Digital technologies are integral to our daily lives. By 2025, there will be 75 billion connected devices around the world. Canadians must be able to trust that their data and privacy are protected online.

Today, while at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, met with Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard. They announced a $510-million investment by Mastercard to establish the new global Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia (of which $420 million is eligible under the Strategic Innovation Fund). The Government of Canada is investing $49 million to support this project. In addition to raising Canada’s stature as a leader in cybersecurity, the project will support 380 jobs and enable the creation of 100 new co-op positions.

The centre will focus on creating technologies and standards to ensure that Canadians and others around the world can safely use any device that could be connected to the Internet—phone, tablet, computer, vehicle—without concern that their personal and financial information could be stolen.

In collaboration with universities, businesses and the public sector, the centre will also create software tools that enable organizations of all sizes to build and integrate cybersecurity technologies more efficiently into their operations.

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“As Canadians use connected devices more and more, including for sensitive financial services like banking, they want to know that their data and privacy are protected. Our government is investing in a new cybersecurity centre in Canada to develop the technology solutions Canadians and people all over the world need to protect their personal and financial information when they use their devices. This will make Canada a world leader in cybersecurity and help us tackle the cost of cybercrime in Canada—an estimated $3 billion a year.”   
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Ensuring payments are both convenient and secure has always been a top priority for Mastercard. We have a proud history of innovation in Canada, and we appreciate the support from the Canadian government as we deliver on a commitment to lead in digital security. Our new Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver will help meet the growing demand for technology solutions to reduce the cost of cyberattacks, enable today’s connected devices to become tomorrow’s secure payment devices, and address the growing vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things. These innovations will benefit consumers and businesses in Canada and around the world.”
– Sasha Krstic, President of Mastercard in Canada

Quick facts

  • Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Mastercard Technologies Canada, formerly NuData Security Inc., is a financial technology company and a subsidiary of Mastercard Incorporated. This expansion is the latest in a series of investments by Mastercard in Canada, reinforcing the company’s commitment to supporting Canadian innovation and technology talent.
  • The new centre will build on NuData Security and complement Mastercard’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto. This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy—a roadmap for Canada’s path forward on cybersecurity—and with the recommendations of the Economic Strategy Table on Digital Industries.
  • The investment in Mastercard’s global cybersecurity centre in Vancouver is made through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy.
  • In addition to creating and maintaining a total of 380 jobs, this project will enable the creation of 100 student co-op positions.
  • In addition to the Strategic Innovation Fund, there are hundreds of programs and services to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. With its simple, story-based user interface, the Innovation Canada platform can match businesses with the most fitting programs and services in about two minutes.

 

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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