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
- 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.
- 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.
- Be wary of anyone offering fast profits or guaranteed returns. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- 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.
- Stay on top of news and developments in the industry by getting your news from trusted, crypto-centric sources.
- 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.
U.S. News & World Report Announces 2020 Best Global Universities Rankings
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today published the 2020 edition of the Best Global Universities rankings. In the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, the new edition evaluates 1,500 schools – up from 1,250 last year – on academic research and reputation.
The top 10 schools in the overall ranking are all found in either the U.S. or the United Kingdom. Harvard University remains at No. 1, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively. The University of Oxford rounds out the top five.
The new edition evaluates schools in 81 countries – up from 75 last year. The U.S. has the most universities in the overall ranking with 249, followed by the following countries:
- China: 188
- U.K.: 86
- Japan: 82
- Germany: 66
“As the Best Global Universities rankings continue to expand in number of schools and subjects to fulfill the needs of prospective students, we remain consistent in our mission to evaluate schools around the world on their research,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “A major emphasis on academic research is what sets this methodology apart from our other university rankings.”
New this year are six additional subject rankings, bringing the total to 28: oncology, surgery, cardiac and cardiovascular systems, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. In both the engineering and computer science rankings, four of the top 10 schools are based in China.
The following countries performed the best in each of these subjects, listed in order of most schools on each list:
- Computer science: China (tie), U.S. (tie), U.K., Australia, Canada
- Economics and business: U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, China
- Engineering: U.S., China, U.K., Italy, Canada
- Neuroscience and behavior: U.S., Germany, Italy, China, U.K.
Based on Web of Science data and InCites metrics provided by the Web of Science Group, the Best Global Universities methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.
“Many prospective students are looking to other countries for their education,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities rankings give these students a starting point for their search. In addition to the rankings, students should also consider their fluency in the language of instruction, the fields of study that the school offers and the costs that come from studying in another country.”
- Harvard University (U.S.)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
- Stanford University (U.S.)
- University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
- University of Oxford (U.K.)
- California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
- Columbia University (U.S.)
- Princeton University (U.S.)
- University of Cambridge (U.K.)
- University of Washington (U.S.)
- University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
- Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
- National University of Singapore
- Tsinghua University (China)
- Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- University of Melbourne (Australia)
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland (Australia)
- University of Oxford (U.K.)
- University of Cambridge (U.K.)
- Imperial College London
- Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
- Pontificia University Católica de Chile
- State University of Campinas (Brazil)
The Best Global Universities rankings serve the broader U.S. News mission of providing trusted information and rankings – such as Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs – to help all students navigate their higher education options. Specifically for Chinese students, U.S. News offers online resource centers published in Chinese to help guide prospective undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad.
SOURCE U.S. News & World Report
SAS is No. 1 in advanced and predictive analytics market share, says analyst report
SAS again ranks number one for market share, according to the IDC report, Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Software 2018 Market Shares: Demand Across All Use-Case Patterns.1
SAS led with a 27.7% market share in the advanced and predictive analytics category in 2018, more than twice that of the next competitor. SAS has led in the predictive and advanced analytics category since IDC started tracking the market in 1997 and has shown continued revenue growth in the category each year.
“As the volume and complexity of data grows, and as organizations seek to make better, faster business decisions, the need for advanced and predictive analytics like those from SAS is expanding,” said Chandana Gopal, Research Manager for Business Analytics at IDC. “SAS is the leader in advanced and predictive analytics market share and has experienced continued growth year over year.
“SAS continues to innovate in AI and the technologies that underpin it like machine learning, natural language generation and computer vision. The analytics leader remains laser-focused on meeting the market’s evolving need for powerful analytics to transform data into value.”
SAS reinvests into R&D more than twice the average for major technology firms. In 2018, SAS devoted 26% of its overall revenue into developing artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, data management and analytics software. To continue fostering innovation and progress in analytics, SAS has committed to invest $1 billion in AI over the next three years.
“Our continuous innovation, clearly exhibited in the SAS Platform and in SAS AI technologies, propels front-line managers, executives and data scientists to change the trajectory of their organizations with advanced analytics,” said Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS. “Whether it’s providing teams of data scientists with advanced machine learning capabilities or delivering analytics that give decision makers real-time answers, SAS is committed to helping put data and analytics to work, making them accessible to all types of users and driving value to an organization’s bottom line.”
Additionally, SAS ranks second in AI software market share according to the IDC report, Worldwide Analytic Artificial Intelligence Software Platform Market Shares, 2018: Steady Growth – Moving Toward Production (Doc #US45262419, June 2019). The report notes that while the overall AI market saw steady growth last year, SAS experienced growth at a rate more than three times faster than the overall market at 104.6%.
The SAS® Platform provides a strong analytics foundation and a single place to manage and support every phase of an organization’s analytics journey, from initial gathering and preparing of data, through development, management and enterprise deployment of powerful analytical models. An integrated part of the SAS Platform, SAS® Viya® is a cloud-enabled, in-memory analytics engine that provides quick, accurate and reliable analytical insights.
Read about how SAS customers succeed with advanced analytics.
Today’s announcement was made at the Analytics Experience conference in Milan, Italy, a business technology conference presented by SAS that brings together thousands of attendees on-site and online to share ideas on critical business issues.
Neurotechnology Ranks First in Latest MINEX III Results
Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced their latest results in the NIST MINEX III (Minutiae Interoperability Exchange) evaluation. Algorithms from Neurotechnology are top in accuracy and are ranked first in both leaderboard categories: 1) most interoperable fingerprint template generator and 2) most interoperable fingerprint template generator and matcher pair.
“I am proud of our research team for having created the most interoperable and accurate fingerprint recognition algorithm,” said Dr. Justas Kranauskas, head of the biometric research department for Neurotechnology. “An independent confirmation like this means that our customers can have confidence in our continually evolving and improving technologies.”
In addition to having the most interoperable solution, Neurotechnology’s template generator and template matcher are also the second fastest in the MINEX III evaluation leaderboard.
The currently topped-ranked Neurotechnology fingerprint algorithm evaluated at NIST MINEX III is included in the Neurotechnology MegaMatcher multibiometric product line which covers fingerprint (VeriFinger), face (VeriLook), eye iris (VeriEye) and voice (VeriSpeak) modalities. It is also included in solutions for large and national-scale applications in Neurotechnology’s MegaMatcher Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and MegaMatcher Accelerator products.
The entire Neurotechnology biometric product line can be purchased from Neurotechnology and through distributors worldwide. For more information, go to www.neurotechnology.com.
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