Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 59

Bitcoin For Everyday

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The latest in a wave of new service solutions designed to bring Bitcoin currencies into everyday spending, UK-based start-up London Block Exchange has launched the 'Dragoncard' - their own version of a Bitcoin connected Visa card. 

Operating in much the same way as your standard Visa, customers can use the Dragoncard to pay for everyday goods in British Pounds - just like any other Visa card. The key difference happens on the back-end with the company sourcing the transaction cost (plus a 0.5% transaction fee) from the Bitcoins stored in that customers digital wallet.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/ejTwNL

How will the introduction of new, consumer-friendly crypto-currency payment solutions transform the financial landscape?


Branded Living

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Magazine publisher Monocle is moving into the real estate game with the launch of their own range of branded apartment buildings.

The latest in a series of diversified offerings for the lifestyle brand that already counts shops and cafes amongst it's portfolio, these luxury residential projects promise to deliver a physical representation of the carefully curated style that has seen global success for the brands' media offerings amongst an enviable cohort of young, affluent, brand-driven consumers.

Bangkok will be home to the first tower - however founder, Tyler Brûlé, has already announced plans to expand the initiative with other outposts around the world.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/jtkAe2

How could other lifestyle brands break away from established markets and diversify their offerings?


AI Does Social Good

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In an effort to combat an ever-growing raft of online scammers, the New Zealand-based organisation Netsafe created the Re:scam chatbot. Powered by artificial intelligence, the program combats online tricksters by distracting them with a fake digital 'mark'. 

With the ability to mimic personas and maintain an ongoing conversation with real life 'con artists' the program diverts their attention and resources away from would-be targets.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/Jho9XL

How else could flip technology on it's head and deploy artificial intelligence to combat other social challenges faced in todays digital world?