We live in a digital age, and our production processes need to evolve to reflect that fact. Converting traditional production environments into highly automated “smart” plants will entail fundamental changes in the way metals manufacturers interact with their suppliers and customers. When technology works in perfect harmony with the different aspects of metals production, the effect can be compared to that of a skilled orchestra’s performance……………
Kenji Ando is Senior Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), President and CEO of MHI Power Systems and President and CEO of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS). MHPS is an energy joint-venture established in 2014 by MHI and Hitachi. Ando is a 40-year veteran of MHI. Turbomachinery International recently visited him in Japan and enjoyed a tour of several MHI facilities. He discussed the state of the gas turbine market, the extent of the current downturn, new technology and alternative technologies………
A red laser pointer shining through a raw chicken carcass may not seem like groundbreaking science, but for veteran technologist Mary Lou Jepsen, it’s worth $28 million in funding for her latest startup, Openwater. Jepsen performed the chicken act as part of her August TED Talk to illustrate how her imaging-tech company is building cost-conscious body-scanning technology by using the same components one might find at a science fair. The laser pointer’s light made both skin and bone of the plucked fowl glow, revealing a tumor just under its flesh……..
Turns out, a better refrigerator and autonomous driving technology have something in common. They are both features that could help increase the number of semi truck drivers on the roads in the U.S. Because people like Malcolm Bryant don’t come around that often. I recently visited the Volvo Trucks Customer Service Center in Dublin, Virginia the day that Bryant (not pictured above) was honored by Volvo Trucks and Southeastern Freight Lines for a career that has lasted more than 50 years – and his spotless safety record with zero accidents during that time………….
Businesses today operate in a dynamic, fast-moving, digitally enabled, and fiercely competitive global economy. To respond, organizations must constantly adapt – and so must their auditors, by incorporating innovative technologies to continuously address and identify emerging risks in markets characterized by perpetual transition. Ground breaking technologies are significantly enhancing audit quality by arming auditors with innovative tools to solve big problems— such as how to acquire robust and complete data in a repeatable fashion. Technology is enabling auditors to process, organize, and evaluate data at a faster pace than ever before………
In the past seven days, the valuation of the crypto market dropped from $184 billion to $138 billion, by more than $46 billion.
The cryptocurrency market experienced one of the worst weekly sell-offs in all of 2018, and the prices of major digital assets like Bitcoin have dropped by around 75 percent to 85 percent from their all-time highs.
Despite the steep decline in the valuation of the crypto market, renowned cryptocurrency investor and CoinShares executive Meltem Demirors stated that the cryptocurrency ecosystem, market, and industry are still improving at a rapid rate.
ICOs in Trouble But Industry is Vibrant
Over the past several months, initial coin offering (ICO) projects have lost billions in market cap, after raising more than $30 billion in the past two years. Many projects that have had less than $10 million in daily volume had valuations of hundreds of millions of dollars to billions of dollars, in most cases without any working product to show.
ICOs have started to struggle in remaining relevant and driving new capital into the cryptocurrency market. As Binance CFO Wei Zhou pointed out, it is of significant importance for the long-term trend of the market for the space to see the emergence of high-quality projects and founders to attract smart capital.
“On the issuer side, many crypto projects that raised money through an ICO face massive challenges to stay relevant and create real purpose. This is what happens when you lack a true finance function, and unfortunately, ‘crypto finance’ is still nebulous and undefined on the whole. Just look at this balance sheet below, which characterizes many crypto firms that raised cash through token offerings,” Demirors said.
But, as seen in the success of infrastructure-building businesses like Coinbase and Binance that have achieved a market cap of over $8 billion, the cryptocurrency exchange market and industry have started to see exponential growth in terms of infrastructure, user base, and revenues.
Binance, for instance, achieved 10 million users across 180 countries and in an interview, Binance CFO Wei Zhou emphasized that the company is aiming to secure one billion users in the long run.
As such, while the value of major cryptocurrencies has declined substantially over the past eleven months, Demirors stated that the cryptocurrency ecosystem had grown noticeably in virtually every major area.
“So while value may be moving out of the assets themselves as the market digests new information and re-formulates its thesis on crypto assets, value is continuing to grow across the cohort of companies serving the crypto ecosystem. Just look at the people in this industry — thousands who continue to spend their time, energy, and capital on helping the crypto ecosystem grow. By writing, researching, advocating, building, developing, or simply holding.”
Even Traditional Finance is Struggling
Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, recorded its first quarter of net outflows as clients withdrew more than $3.1 billion and analysts are predicting the US stock market to continue sinking after deleting all of 2018 gains.
Bespoke Investment Group co-founder Paul Hickey stated that most investors in the US market are “rushing for the exits,” given current market conditions and intensity of the recent sell-off.
The decline in the momentum of the US stock market, which will directly affect major economies in Asia in the likes of South Korea and Japan, is having a negative impact on the cryptocurrency sector as investors shift away from high-risk, high-return trades.
However, Demirors noted that funds and asset managers in the crypto sector have historically survived several market cycles and major corrections in the past, and 2018 will be no different.
“Lastly, the funds and asset managers in the space, while under pressure, have historically done well given their longer time horizon and their ability to survive and weather market cycles. We expect this trend to continue, especially for some of the larger, better capitalized managers with deep experience who are able to manage finances and allocation strategies to capitalize on short-term price movements while keeping a long-term investment outlook.”
As Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao and Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan said, it is of utmost importance for both businesses and individuals in the space to continue building throughout a mid-term bearish trend.
Blockchain technology, which undergirds bitcoin and other digital assets is slowly but steadily making its way into mainstream finance, but some financial institutions remain unconvinced about its potentials. TransferWise, a London-based payments platform has stated it is yet to see anything good in the nascent technology, reported Fortune on November 19, 2018. TransferWise, an Estonian developed and UK-based firm that allows clients to send money across 70 countries in a fast and cost-efficient manner, has made it clear it sees nothing good in blockchain technology and as such, will not be joining the distributed ledger technology (DLT) bandwagon anytime soon………….
From an office suite on the 26th floor of the iconic Frost Bank Tower in Austin, Texas, a little-known recruiting firm called Crossover is searching the globe for software engineers. Crossover is looking for anyone who can commit to a 40- or 50-hour workweek, but it has no interest in full-time employees. It wants contract workers who are willing to toil from their homes or even in local cafes. The best people in the world aren’t in your Zip code,” says Andy Tryba, chief executive of Crossover, in a promotional YouTube video. Which, Tryba emphasizes, also means you don’t have to pay them like they are your neighbors. “The world is going to a cloud wage……………
Ping An Insurance Group, a highly reputed China-based insurance corporation has joined forces with the Sanya municipal government to develop a “smart city” that would be powered by blockchain technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technologies,” according to a local news source, People’s Daily on November 14, 2018. Per sources close to the matter, in a bid to contribute its bit to urban development in China, Ping An Group has reportedly inked a strategic agreement with Sanya Municipal People’s Government to construct a “Smart City” run entirely by innovative technologies including the revolutionary blockchain technology, big data, artificial intelligence, and others…………..
According to a patent filing published November 13, 2018, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), American print and digital documents solutions company Xerox has won a patent for a DLT-based auditing system that tracks revisions to electronic documents. Increased Authenticity of Electronic Documents Per the filing, the patent was initially filed on February 16, 2016. The patent explains a blockchain technology-based system for efficient and secure recording of changes made to electronic documents…………..