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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 has been marked by amazing innovation in energy, industrials & auto.
Just wait until 2017!
In this segment, John Licata of Blue Phoenix speaks with CNBC and gives his outlook for renewable energy and ways digitalization technologies such as blockchain can power clean energy.
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.