Blockchain-powered voting went ahead for United Russia (known locally as ER) Party primaries over the weekend, with many staying away from polling booths due to the coronavirus pandemic – and instead favoring online platforms that make use of votes registered on a blockchain protocol.
An affiliate of the Japanese crypto player and securities giant Monex Group is set to make use of a new blockchain technology-based platform as part of an ambitious genome research project.
What was set to become the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in the world – the floating of Chinese business giant Alibaba’s fintech and blockchain arm Ant Financial – could well be back on at some point in the future, the nation’s central bank boss has hinted.
The full gamut of industry 4.0 technologies, blockchain included, may need to be used in tandem with one another in order to fight back against the coronavirus pandemic – and that theory could well be put to the test as a new app featuring Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and blockchain technology rolls out in South Korea.
Carmaking giants BMW, Ford and Honda have teamed up with auto insurance providers and tech heavyweights such as IBM and Accenture on an international cross-industry, blockchain-powered vehicle history platform.
Finally, a developer has come up with a blockchain application your mom will approve of: Netmarble, a South Korean video games giant, has created a blockchain-powered tool that it says will allow parents to monitor and limit their offspring’s gaming time.
The South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom (SKT) has announced the launch of a blockchain-powered ID and authentication certificates service.
Two Japanese firms have developed a blockchain-powered alcohol trading platform that they claim will allow alcohol-loving customers the opportunity to buy, sell, hold and haggle over barrel-loads of luxury liquor – just like trading crypto.
The South Korean government has pledged to spend USD 7 billion on public projects this year, a figure that will include blockchain spending. The money will back what ministers have labeled the “Korean New Deal,” and particularly what they have called the “core” of the measures, the “Digital New Deal,” which will receive billions of dollars’ worth of further investment in the years up to 2025.
We live in a world where blockchains and cryptocurrencies are well poised to play an important part, though for reasons much more complex than many people think and it has "as much to do with cultural forces as anything financial," according to Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin, who also describes gold as "lame."