How to Scale Blockchain to 100,000 Requests Per Second - BLOCKCHAIN ECONOMIC FORUM 2017

Hunter Prendergast, CTO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, is joined by Tom Bollich, CTO at Madhive inc and Company Advisor, Token Advisor at StormX, Inc, and Joseph Bonneau, Technology Fellow at Electronic Frontier Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

Q&A With MIMIR CEO Nick Fierro: Blockchain, Challenges, and Opportunity

As an emerging voice on all things blockchain, Nick Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, is trying to educate the general public about the prospects for this truly emerging technology. I recently spoke with Fierro via phone from his Atlanta-based MIMIR headquarters and had the opportunity to talk about the value of cryptocurrencies, the validity of today’s ICO offerings and the cross-industry potential for blockchain. Here are some of the highlights from that chat. 

The Chain: Your link to the latest blockchain buzz

We are thrilled to announce that our partner MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, an Atlanta, Georgia-based startup focused on creating a distributed infrastructure solution to securely access an Ethereum Blockchain, is launching a dedicated weekly email blockchain newsletter on Monday, October 9th, 2017, called "The Chain". We hope you will consider signing up for The Chain since it may very well be a very quick and resourceful way for you to get all the latest buzz in blockchain right at your fingertips, including weekend news of interest, upcoming events, upcoming token sales/ICOs, and exclusive behind the scenes footage of the makings of an ICO.

Could distribution help Blockchain become the 8th Wonder of the World?

Could distribution help Blockchain become the 8th Wonder of the World?

Infrastructure. It may not be the very first thing that comes to mind when gazing upon the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, yet maybe it should be. Without infrastructure, these iconic man made achievements would simply not be possible. That excites us because our distributed infrastructure solution to securely access an Ethereum Blockchain, a solution we call the MIMIR Bridge, could very well be the backbone that allows the second wave of the internet to be built upon. As it stands now, blockchain is already an incredible form of technology in that it can record an every sequence of transactions from beginning to end. However, in order to reach its full potential, this digital wonder needs to be more easily accessible by the masses at any time. It must be unquestionably secure, then, and only then, will blockchain be a modern-day marvel which can help balance the spread of wealth and directly impact just about every industry on the planet.

How Augmented Reality can change how we navigate a natural disaster

How Augmented Reality can change how we navigate a natural disaster

In times of crisis, albeit a natural disaster the likes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, one of the chief complaints outside of inconvenience, displacement and utter loss, is the lack of guidance and clear communications by local and state authorities. This is something seen time and time again during major storm occurrences. What if that changed? Actually, what if that notion was made completely obsolete thanks to advances in Augmented Reality (AR)? This is our thinking here at MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. Let’s explore.

Why Augmented Reality is Modern-day Illusionism Houdini Would Be Proud of

Why Augmented Reality is Modern-day Illusionism Houdini Would Be Proud of

The biggest part of an optical illusion is seeing something that wasn’t actually there. But what if it really was? That’s the beauty of Augmented Reality (AR), innovative technology which allows 3D digital objects to appear, almost magically, in real-life. That’s modern-day magic the great illusionist Harry Houdini would be proud of. Why? AR is global, can span industries and easily help transcend consumer experiences and interactions in the physical world in ways that have never been done before. Let’s take a closer look.

Augmented Reality Needs This To Hit Mainstream

Augmented Reality Needs This To Hit Mainstream

We are really excited to highlight a hot new Augmented Reality (AR) Infrastructure Concept from our partner MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. While to some folks the cool factor about AR is the end products, its the secure blockchain based infrastructure that will enable AR to be built and really hit the mainstream - that's the mission of MIMIR. Check out this video from the company. 

31 Challenges Apple Must Overcome to Dominate Self-Driving cars

31 Challenges Apple Must Overcome to Dominate Self-Driving cars

By now you have likely heard that Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, is looking to advance the company’s driverless car venture. This admission is truly exciting since software will play a monster role in the advancement of this project. Despite the idea that developing self-driving cars is itself massive in its own right, Apple may (more importantly) be looking at how this technology could help them open the door for a truly connected experience for consumers, something that completely alters the mobility experience as we know it through augmented reality, blockchain and digital twin technology (an idea I recently discussed here). 

How blockchain will transcend how AI is used in mobile transportation 

How blockchain will transcend how AI is used in mobile transportation 

Right now, you open the door to your car and sit in the driver’s seat. Unless you actually do something like start the car, adjust the temperature, maybe find a good song on the radio or input your destination into your navigation system, your car doesn’t respond. Frankly your car does NOT know you. That’s about to change thanks to AI and blockchain, the immutable technology platform behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin, which will transcend how intelligent software is used in mobile transportation. 

Energy Blockchain: Microgrids could whet the big appetite for clean energy in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas. As a leading state focused on renewable energy growth, that statement would appear to be true, but is it?

With Texas aggressively lowering its reliance on oil production thanks to advances in renewables, more growth from wind and solar power will require modern power grid infrastructure.

California wants to secede, with blockchain it just may

California wants to secede, with blockchain it just may

There has been ample talk in recent months that California, largely a Democratic stronghold, should consider seceding from the US. following the results of the November U.S. Presidential election. Perhaps it should secede, just maybe not the way one would think. If political rhetoric moves beyond just words and government decision-making really does go back to the states under President Trump’s administration, then California, a state historically a leader in change, and an early adopter of new technologies, especially as it relates to clean energy innovation, can truly give power back to the people and secede, at least from an antiquated power grid that is not able to sustain either current or future electricity demand. 

If EPA’s Pruitt really wanted to shake things up he’d back this ASAP

If EPA’s Pruitt really wanted to shake things up he’d back this ASAP

Scott Pruitt, the newly minted head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), gave his first speech earlier this week to the agency’s 15,0000 person team. While he outlined his vision and strong need to create new jobs and boost economic growth, questions about his altruism regarding the environment sadly remain. That doesn’t have to be the case though. 

Evolving Sustainability Through the Peer-to-Peer Energy Market

Evolving Sustainability Through the Peer-to-Peer Energy Market

Clean. It’s a word that means different things to different people. Yet in the energy world, “clean”, more often than not, refers to energy produced from renewable sources.

With solar prices continuing to plummet and become more affordable for consumers, a more efficient and localized peer-to-peer energy market needs to emerge as a means to monetize excess clean energy capacity.

LO3 Energy named one of the most innovative co's in energy

We would like to express our best wishes and huge congrats to our friends at @LO3energy for being named one of the most innovative co's in energy by @FastCompany.

To learn more about LO3 Energy and the company's Brooklyn Microgrid project please see the video below. To view the full list of Fast Company innovator recipients by sector please visit http://bit.ly/2lHD8oq.

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

It’s been said that a tree grows in Brooklyn. Based on my recent visit with Architectural Grille, so does innovation. I was blown away how this company, a light commercial business that is member of the Brooklyn Microgrid is strategically looking to make itself and the surrounding community more resilient. From embracing solar power and implementing the latest manufacturing technologies to creating local jobs, I was able to see firsthand the spirit of modern capitalism and how an established business was looking for new ways to not only stay cutting edge, but to be sustainable to its very core. No greater example of this was management’s willingness to join a pilot study (see video below) aimed at tapping data analytics to examine how to monetize excess energy production through a blockchain platform that can foster a localized peer-to-peer energy marketplace, nothing short of a transformative concept in the power sector. 

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

Opportunity for President Trump and his new administration. It will most definitely come in many shapes, sizes and yes, even industries. To that end, while there was enormous focus in 2016 regarding how blockchain, the digital ledger of transactions, is rapidly disrupting the banking industry, opportunities for this technology do also exist within auto, insurance and energy, a focus near and dear to my heart at Blue Phoenix. This is especially true with the Internet of Things (IoT) blossoming and connected devices usage expected to top 500 billion by 2030 alone according to Cisco Systems. 

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

Blockchain is a hot topic these days, and rightly so due to its vast potential in helping to shape news ways to transparently perform real-time transactions and evolve the future of secure global business. With such a lighting in a bottle type of disruption at our fingertips, the internet as we now know it is about to look like black and white televisions. Here are some quick thoughts on blockchain I put together and wanted to share with you.