Golden Saint Technologies Ltd (GST) preparing for LSE Standard listing as new revenue-generating…

Golden Saint Technologies Ltd (GST) preparing for LSE Standard listing as new revenue-generating business

The new incarnation of Golden Saint is about to be listed on the main London market under the ticker of GST: a global technology investment company leveraging on its integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy to offer tech solutions worldwide.

GST is the result of a reverse take-over (RTO) of AIM listed Golden Saint Resources (GSR), incorporating the well-established tech business EMS Wiring, which has been supplying governments and large private organisations with intelligent building solutions for the last 20 years.

Although the diamond licenses in Sierra Leone were believed to have good potential, the costs of progressing the work and bringing production to a substantial revenue proved too high for a small company like GSR. The capital required was high and the work to be done before any results could be seen was substantial. Such a business became unfit for an Aim company, as most investors are looking for progress and news. The future looked hard. GSR struggled to keep investor support amid the challenges involved in mining operations, difficult market conditions, and Ebola hitting the country in 2016.

The Board therefore decided to evaluate alternative opportunities to bring back value to its shareholders.

Golden Saint then left the past behind and focused on putting its revenue-generating strategy into action. The right opportunity soon arose through Singaporean contacts in the technology business.

Renowned private equity executive Tone Goh saw the value in taking over GSR, deciding to bring in a profitable Singaporean business he was involved as advisor, EMS Wiring, to fast-track its expansion. In December 2017, after suspension, After being suspended from December 2017, when the EMS deal was announced, Golden Saint Resources delisted from AIM on 24 April 2018. After a share consolidation of 50 for 1 the company started preparing for a new listing on LSE Standard.

“We saw the opportunity in EMS as a business which has cash flow and profits,” said the then CEO of Golden Saint Pierre Fourie, in an interview with FinancialFox. He highlighted that this change in the business’s direction was aimed at giving investors better returns.

Having completed the various pre-Admission steps, Golden Saint is now ready to proceed with Admission. GST builds on its profitable, Integrated ICT business to develop solutions to meet the needs of the ICT industry. Through EMS Wiring, GST has been supplying governments and large private organisations with intelligent building solutions for the last 20 years. This extensive experience bodes well as the company now places itself within one of the fastest-growing markets with opportunities expanding by the minute.

The global ICT market has grown consistently over the last decade. By next year, forecasts show that the global ICT market, including TV and video services, will be worth a total of more than 4.4 trillion euros. The emergence of other technologies such as artificial intelligence and internet of thigs (IoT) promises to keep widening the path for ventures in the ICT space and calling for more innovative solutions. AI in particular is a versatile technology and offers attractive insights, as McKinsey research estimates AI techniques can create between $3.5T and $5.8T in value annually across 19 industries.

GST’s strategy is to act on the surging opportunities in this space, particularly targeting emerging markets where the demand for ICT infrastructure is rapidly increasing.

The future is Smart Cities:

With the fast-paced developments in ICT driven by widespread IoT gadgets, urban design is about to get a new connotation: smart cities. A smart city is one which uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

Technology in smart cities is applied to various ends, from gathering geographical data to evaluating energy consumption. Forecasts suggest that by 2023 the smart cities market will be a US$7.6 billion ???Telco??? opportunity for MSPs and network vendors. The aim of hyperconnected, smart cities is to deploy technologies to make optimal use of resources, increase social inclusion and create a better environment.

Golden Saint Technologies is strategically positioned in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) market and designed to take its place in this space. Although the company operates worldwide, its hub is in Asia, where the ICT industry is brewing and expanding at a fast pace, fuelling multiple opportunities for GST.

GST is at full steam as it has already laid out plans for after the listing: “We are very excited because after our listing we are entering the Indian market on a great opportunity to provide internet infrastructure for one million homes, and we will have good profit from there,” said Chairman Tone Goh, at GST Investor Presentation in London last summer.

CEO Pierre Fourie and Executive Chairman Tone Goh are currently in London to finalise the LSE listing expected for end of October.

Pierre Fourie and Tone Goh at Hill Dickinson office.

Golden Saint has a brand-new website. Visit goldensaint.com.

If you are an investor and would like to know more about the investment opportunity in GST please get in touch with us: info@cassiopeia-ltd.com

Blockchain and AI: Smart, secure systems set to bring value across various sectors

Last week we introduced you to Artificial intelligence (AI), the technology enabling computers to take decisions independently. Even if we don’t notice it, the truth is that the evolution of AI has already made our day-to-day lives a lot simpler and more efficient. Examining this development even further, AI features can be magnified when coupled with blockchain. This collaboration of two distinct yet powerful technologies has the potential to disrupt almost every business we know today.

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are two of the defining technologies of the new phase in tech revolution. These emerging technologies are rapidly evolving, catalysing innovation, entering multiple markets and, ultimately, challenging old, entrenched ways of doing business.

Just like years ago when the internet took over multiple aspects of our lives, spurring the emergence of the information technology (IT) sector, this new wave of technologies including artificial intelligence and blockchain is rapidly gaining ground worldwide.

The fact that we are able to use such complex technology in such simple terms is a testimony to what computers are capable of, when utilised efficiently. This is leading us towards another technology milestone that is speculated to bring about yet another revolution once it matures.

The coupling of blockchain and AI accentuates the disruptive power of these two technologies, bringing about their strongest features to add value to established systems.

The possibility of creating smart, open-sourced secure systems is set to bring levels of convenience and security never seen before to virtually any process involving data records.

The ultimate purpose of blockchain-based systems is to keep track of large amounts of data and provide a secure database accessible only and equally by participants of that network. The objective of AI, on the other hand, is to develop algorithms to assess data in an intelligent manner.

AI and blockchain are indeed two separate technologies with differing objectives, yet they can complement each other to create better and more efficient structures. Combining AI and blockchain leads to highly intelligent and decentralised systems.

AI and blockchain certainly have the power of enhancing each other’s performances. One example, as highlighted in Forbes, is that a blockchain platform can help us track and understand the decisions made by AI. For the time being, most AI systems still require some form of human verification, but as AI becomes more sophisticated, it is likely that these systems will get more autonomous. Having a trustworthy mechanism to keep record of these decisions is a must.

Similarly, well-crafted AI will be able to manage blockchain more effectively than humans, and also enable less energy-consuming mining, which is currently one of the main hindrances to be overcome in the blockchain revolution.

The decentralised feature of blockchain is again shining bright as blockchain itself is a consolidate database shifting the monopoly of the market into the hands of the common people. It thus allows for AI to be democratised and developed through a community-based spirit.

“The secret weapon here is really crypto-economics: the ability to create a mini-economy where participants accrue and exchange value through tokens. Because they incentivise people to participate in the network early, tokens help solve the cold start problem which has plagued so many network-building efforts in the past,” writes Matt Ruck.

AI + Blockchain market

Although at the moment we see more academic work than practical application of this technology combination, this reality is set to shift in the near future as more deployments come about. The market for the mergeing of these two technologies is starting to shape up as projects are gathering momentum.

We can indeed see a rise in the number of companies that have started to deploy AI and blockchain together, to a variety of ends.

Projects to watch: Nebula AI

Nebula AI is one of the first organisations to have identified the market need of this merger, and has started combining Blockchain and AI to carry its projects. The company provides a medium for people to deploy their specific AI applications on the blockchain.

Nebula also allows its users to convert their mining power via their personal computer processor to AI computing power. It basically gives the people a chance to deal with neural networks in a much more transparent and secure environment.

The people who are new to this concept and are getting acquainted with the AI/ blockchain combination have a chance to deploy their customised applications on the blockchain. Nebula allows for decentralised AI applications to be built faster than ever.

With Nebula AI’s cutting-edge blockchain technology, users are able to focus on key business features. Nebula provides on-chain payment, rental computing resources and decentralised service.

This development allows Nebula AI to compete with the pricing of Amazon and Google cloud storage services.

Blockchain and AI: Smart, secure systems set to bring value across various sectors

Last week we introduced you to Artificial intelligence (AI), the technology enabling computers to take decisions independently. Even if we don’t notice it, the truth is that the evolution of AI has already made our day-to-day lives a lot simpler and more efficient. Examining this development even further, AI features can be magnified when coupled with blockchain. This collaboration of two distinct yet powerful technologies has the potential to disrupt almost every business we know today.

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are two of the defining technologies of the new phase in tech revolution. These emerging technologies are rapidly evolving, catalysing innovation, entering multiple markets and, ultimately, challenging old, entrenched ways of doing business.

Just like years ago when the internet took over multiple aspects of our lives, spurring the emergence of the information technology (IT) sector, this new wave of technologies including artificial intelligence and blockchain is rapidly gaining ground worldwide.

The fact that we are able to use such complex technology in such simple terms is a testimony to what computers are capable of, when utilised efficiently. This is leading us towards another technology milestone that is speculated to bring about yet another revolution once it matures.

The coupling of blockchain and AI accentuates the disruptive power of these two technologies, bringing about their strongest features to add value to established systems.

The possibility of creating smart, open-sourced secure systems is set to bring levels of convenience and security never seen before to virtually any process involving data records.

The ultimate purpose of blockchain-based systems is to keep track of large amounts of data and provide a secure database accessible only and equally by participants of that network. The objective of AI, on the other hand, is to develop algorithms to assess data in an intelligent manner.

AI and blockchain are indeed two separate technologies with differing objectives, yet they can complement each other to create better and more efficient structures. Combining AI and blockchain leads to highly intelligent and decentralised systems.

AI and blockchain certainly have the power of enhancing each other’s performances. One example, as highlighted in Forbes, is that a blockchain platform can help us track and understand the decisions made by AI. For the time being, most AI systems still require some form of human verification, but as AI becomes more sophisticated, it is likely that these systems will get more autonomous. Having a trustworthy mechanism to keep record of these decisions is a must.

Similarly, well-crafted AI will be able to manage blockchain more effectively than humans, and also enable less energy-consuming mining, which is currently one of the main hindrances to be overcome in the blockchain revolution.

The decentralised feature of blockchain is again shining bright as blockchain itself is a consolidate database shifting the monopoly of the market into the hands of the common people. It thus allows for AI to be democratised and developed through a community-based spirit.

“The secret weapon here is really crypto-economics: the ability to create a mini-economy where participants accrue and exchange value through tokens. Because they incentivise people to participate in the network early, tokens help solve the cold start problem which has plagued so many network-building efforts in the past,” writes Matt Ruck.

AI + Blockchain market

Although at the moment we see more academic work than practical application of this technology combination, this reality is set to shift in the near future as more deployments come about. The market for the mergeing of these two technologies is starting to shape up as projects are gathering momentum.

We can indeed see a rise in the number of companies that have started to deploy AI and blockchain together, to a variety of ends.

Projects to watch: Nebula AI

Nebula AI is one of the first organisations to have identified the market need of this merger, and has started combining Blockchain and AI to carry its projects. The company provides a medium for people to deploy their specific AI applications on the blockchain.

Nebula also allows its users to convert their mining power via their personal computer processor to AI computing power. It basically gives the people a chance to deal with neural networks in a much more transparent and secure environment.

The people who are new to this concept and are getting acquainted with the AI/ blockchain combination have a chance to deploy their customised applications on the blockchain. Nebula allows for decentralised AI applications to be built faster than ever.

With Nebula AI’s cutting-edge blockchain technology, users are able to focus on key business features. Nebula provides on-chain payment, rental computing resources and decentralised service.

This development allows Nebula AI to compete with the pricing of Amazon and Google cloud storage services.

Golden Saint (GST) preparing for LSE Standard listing as new revenue-generating business

The new Golden Saint is about to be listed on the main London market under the ticker of GST: a global technology investment company leveraging on its integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) strategy to offer tech solutions worldwide.

GST is the result of a reverse take-over (RTO) of AIM listed Golden Saint Resources (GSR), incorporating the well-established tech business EMS Wiring, which has been supplying governments and large private organisations with intelligent building solutions for the last 20 years.

Although the diamond licences in Sierra Leone were believed to have good potential, the costs of progressing the work and bringing production to a substantial revenue proved too high for a small company like GSR. The capital required was high, the work to be done before any results could be seen was substantial, . Such a business became unfit for an Aim company, as most investors are looking for progress and news. The future looked hard. GSR tried but possibly failed to keep investor support amid the challenges involved in mining operations, market conditions, and Ebola hitting the country in 2016.

The Board therefore decided to evaluate alternative opportunities to bring back value to its shareholders.

Golden Saint left the past behind and focused on putting its revenue- generating strategy into action. The rightt opportunity then arose through Singaporean contacts in the technology business.

Renowned private equity executive Tone Goh saw the value in taking over GSR, deciding to bring in his business EMS Wiring to fast-track its expansion. In December 2017, after suspension, Golden Saint Resources delisted from AIM, and after a share consolidation started to prepare a new listing on LSE Standard.

“We saw the opportunity in EMS as a business which has cash flow and profits,” said the then CEO of Golden Saint Pierre Fourie in an interview with FinancialFox. Hehighlighted that this change in the business’s direction was aimed at giving investors better returns.

Having completed the various pre-Admission steps, Golden Saint is now ready to proceed with Admission. GST builds on the consolidated cabling business to develop solutions the current needs of the ICT industry. Through the previous EMS Wiring, GST has been supplying governments and large private organisations with intelligent building solutions for the last 20 years. This extensive experience bodes well as the company now places itself within one of the fastest growing markets with opportunities expanding by the minute.

The global ICT market has grown consistently over the last decade. By next year, forecasts show that the global ICT market, including TV and video services, will be worth a total of more than 4.4 trillion euros. The emergence of other technologies such as artificial intelligence and internet of thigs (IoT) promise to keep widening the path for ventures in the ICT space and calling for more innovative solutions.

Golden Saint Technology is strategically positioned in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) market. Although the company operates worldwide, its hub is in Asia, where the ICT industry is brewing and expanding at a fast pace and fueling opportunities for GST.

GST is at full steam as it has already laid out plans for after the listing: “We are very excited because after our listing we are entering the Indian market on a great opportunity to provide internet infrastructure for one million homes and we will have good profit from there,” said Chairman Tone Goh, at GST Investor Presentation in London last summer.

In an interview at the show FinancialFox

Golden Saint has a brand-new website. Visit goldensaint.com.

IOHK/Cardano paving the way for Blockchain-powered development in Africa

In the latest episode of FinancialFox TV, blockchain PR guru Stefania Barbaglio talks to John O’Connor, Head of African Operations at Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the team behind the Cardano blockchain and ADA coin. Founded in 2015 by Charles Hoskinson, also co-founder of Ethereum, IOHK is developing decentralised open-source technologies set to cause cascading disruption.

Blockchain PR Guru Stefania Barbaglio interviews John O’Connor, African Operations at IOHK

Cardano represents the third -cryptocurrency, emerging from a group of tech academics and researchers whose core objective is to deploy blockchain technology to disrupt inefficient systems in the developing world.

Blockchain could serve as a superb tool to accelerate growth as it addresses the PROBLEM OF TRUST, which currently holds back development in many parts of the world. Establishing open-sourced far-reaching decentralised systems will help to shift the authority and decisional power, which currently lie with governments and centralized institutions, onto individuals. Thanks to transparency, accountability and scalability features embed in the blockchain, the same level of trust and security can be ensured as new participants enter the network.

Charles Hoskinson, founder of IOHK, says their mission is to develop an efficient decentralised system that can support change in the developing world: “About 3 billion people are unbanked and as the consequence of not having good identity, financial infrastructure; they don’t have the ability to climb out of poverty without a considerable amount of assistance or leaving their country, which creates ‘brain drain’,” said Hoskinson when Cardano announced plans in Ethiopia.

John O’Connor, currently based in Ethiopia, talks about Cardano’s ambitious plans in Africa and latest developments in its first project in Ethiopia.

Watch here interview:

In Ethiopia, where 80 million people work in agriculture, Cardano is leveraging on its unique blockchain platform to spur growth in the agritech sector. Thanks to John, Cardano has entered into an agreement with the local government to apply its blockchain to the coffee supply chain.

John belives that the secret to success in implementing blockchain in developing economies is to understand the specific/local problems and flaws in each country’s underlying systems and apply tailored blockchain applications to address them effectively.

One of John’s initial questions was: “How can we enable the local players to take advantage of this technology to improve their economy and likes?”. The answer is: “Identify a problem and offer the best simple solution”.

The other element of a successful project is having the right local partners and ensure the population is educated about blockchain: “The way is to work with local partners and individuals who are excited about what this technology can do.”

Cardano’s projects in the agritech sector is just the beginning. The aim is to build a solid foundation for other sectors in Africa which could benefit from blokchain in term of transparency, accountability and future growth.

As agriculture employs 70 million Africans, it a fundamental sector in ensuring economic growth. With blockchain agritech applications in place, the population will be empowered to embrace a wider revolution.

Africa is already seen a growing number of start-ups with new ideas on how technology can help drive economy. One example is the company Block Commodities also operating in the agriculture sector. Block is developing a commodity ecosystem that offer lending solutions in cryptocurrencies to Sub-Saharan farmers so they can grow their business and produce under better conditions and terms. Their pilot project has just started in Uganda. Check out for more.

Cardano’s mission is to unlock a new era of development, powered by technology and decentralisation, where individuals become their own masters, relying on their own assets to climb out of poverty and fight unsettling conditions, while taking control back from central authorities.

Despite its innovative spirit, Cardano is not the first business to come up with solutions for the problem of financial exclusion in Africa. The African mobile payment market is largely dominated by the platform M-Pesa, which currently has 30 million users worldwide.

However, M-Pesa is a centralised platform run by telecommunications companies. Cardano, on the other hand, is heavily decentralised and enables the use of smart contracts, a key element to decentralisation and individual empowerment.

Blockchain is revolutionary for developing countries because it targets the core problem: TRUST. Because of its shared, open-sourced structure, blockchain allows for transparency and accountability. Starting with Agriculture, Cardano its looking to deploy its technology into sectors such as land registry, housing healthcare, and gaming. IOHK has recognized the need for the gaming, in particularly, the need to improve its practices in transparency security and transfers, which again could be addressed by decentralized systems.

Blockchain makes it possible for more efficient businesses and partnerships, basically “anything that involves a process, blockchain can improve,” says John.

What this space for more updates on Cardano and blockchain projects in Africa. Subscribe to our FinancialFox YouTube channel for all the latest developments and news.

The Fintech Boom: Technology brings obsolete financial systems up to date

The merging of financial services and technology birthed the fintech industry, one of the fastest growing markets over the recent years, which is not only improving financial services but also spurring economic growth and development in many parts of the world.

We haven’t even reached the end of 2018, and this is already a record year for global Fintech investment. Just in the first half of 2018, the global fintech sector accumulated $41.7billion — up from $39.4bn in 2017.

The introduction of technology into the once obsolete financial system meant that service providers are now taking heed of customers’ needs. This has created systems which are faster, cheaper and more convenient, and understandably, has made customers turn their heads away from the old institutions which had once dominated financial services.

Banks and well-established financial services providers are now turning to tech developers looking for ways to innovate and improve their products and services. In North America alone, it is reported that banks spent nearly $20bilion on new technologies in 2017.

Fintech is indeed one arm within the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whose core aim is to deploy innovative technologies to empower individuals over their own finances and information.

The expanding pace of the fintech market shows that customers adopt fintech systems quickly. Research from PwC revealed that customers are increasingly more open to non-conventional ways of managing finance, with 30% of consumers planning to increase their usage of non-traditional financial services providers. The growing demand has also led venture capitalists to invest substantially in fintech projects, with investment in fintech companies up 41% over the last four years according to PwC’s data.

Fintech and Development: The case of Africa

The disruptive power of fintech applications is even stronger when applied to address the needs of the populations in developing economies. A very evident example is seen in African countries, where vast adoption technology has spurred the movement of leapfrogging, accelerating economic and GDP growth.

Africa has been at the forefront of fintech over the past few years, with an impressive number of startups using technology to address the most fundamental problems across the continent.

Mobile banking is said to be of one of the most successful and impressive cases of the evolution of Fintech; this is especially true in the case of Africa. Because of the incredibly high rates of financial exclusion in Africa, mobile money came to fill in this gap, providing affordable alternatives for managing and transferring money to millions of Africans who had never before had access to banking services.

The contribution of the fintech industry to sub-Saharan Africa’s economic output will increase by at least US$40-billion to $150-billion by 2022, according to Financial Sector Deepening Africa, a development finance organisation.

The fintech sector is currently employing about 3 million people in Africa, of which mobile companies account for a great part. “If you look at the value chain, most of that money is coming out of mobile phone companies,” says Evans Osano, director at FSD Africa Financial Markets.

“So from the other support services the contribution is not much, but is expected to increase as fintech develops to address the financial needs of people or making services more accessible.”

Switzerland: The European hub for Fintech firms

In the developed world, we see that Switzerland is shaping up to become one of the fintech hubs.

“In Switzerland you’ll find long-term vision. Switzerland has the most decentralised political system in the world and its citizens are in full control of the system. This guarantees extreme stability on the one hand, and on the other hand competition among the cantons and its municipalities. This results in very friendly and flexible social and business rules, low taxation and high service delivery,” says Swiss entrepreneur and fintech expert Marc P. Bernegger.

“While Switzerland has not been a well-known global hub for start-ups, I think we can now see some very positive changes such as political and public discussions around incentives for startups, the launch of incubators and accelerators, and not least a change in perception of what it means to be an entrepreneur. “

In fact, Switzerland has shown itself to be open-minded and friendly to new technologies. The country is home of one of the hottest spots for crypto and blockchain matters in Europe, the Crypto Valley, in Zug.

The presence of the Crypto Valley combined with the country’s tax-free policy for crypto investors has given Switzerland the reputation as the number one most blockchain-friendly country in Europe.

Fintech+ is a new Fintech initiative in Switzerland, where big fintech names come together to realise their mission of transforming Switzerland into a global hub for tech innovation.

The 2018 edition will focus on the disruptive nature of AI in fintech and sustainable finance. You can see the agenda and speakers here. For more information, get in touch with us at info@cassiopeia-ltd.com

Our Director Stefania Barbaglio will be discussing with John Hucker, President of Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA)the importance and role of Fintech in next week Financial Fox TV show

Stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to our Financial Fox channel

Exponential Technologies: Exploring the potential of tech companies to change the world

In the latest episode of the FinancialFox Podcast, Blockchain PR expert Stefania Barbaglio talked to David Orban, a visionary entrepreneur who sees our society as a product of the technological advancements mankind has witnessed so far.

David is a fierce advocate of exponential technologies: those that increase their power every couple of years and rapidly evolve. The power lies in leveraging on existing technologies to create better, more sophisticated ones. These changes, according to David, improve the lives of everyone around the world.

David has spent most of his life looking at innovative technologies and extrapolating their power to cause positive change. He believes companies harnessing evolving technologies shape our interactions with one another and, ultimately, our future.

David founded Network Society Ventures (NSV), a diversified global firm which is active in high technology investment, consulting and operations. The company helps its clients to understand exponentially changing technologies, the power of networks, distributed/decentralised organisations and their impacts on the clients themselves and the world at large.

“We are migrating from hierarchical centralised structures to decentralised ones that are going to push power to the edges. NSV looks at how businesses and society overall is addressing this transformation. Companies working with the Internet of Things, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, for example… These companies have the power to lay ground for the decade of technological and social growth,” says David.

These advancements are not only taking place within information technology, but extending to all sectors — healthcare, food chain, finance and management, among others.

David has recently joined Right of Reply (RoR), a blockchain-powered project which will deploy decentralised systems to help people and companies manage their online reputation.

David highlights that, in order to be part of this hyper-connected society, individuals have had to give up on their privacy and freedom, and it is time to claim this right back. RoR is deploying the latest technological advancements to protect the most important asset we have: our identities.

The exponential growth potential of RoR is its creation of a much-needed solution to fight bad actors and untrue content online, harnessing on blockhain structures to do so: “RoR chose architects that will work on the next generation of technological platforms as they mature and become available.”

RoR platforms, which will soon be released and available for users, has an important role in and contributes to supporting social justice by maintaining free press and fair media by providing management tools for online and real-world reputations.

“Decentralised technologies will continue to evolve and allow people to design better lives for themselves and create societal structures that benefit them,” believes David.

Technology for positive change. That’s what it is all about.

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Understanding Artificial Intelligence: Technology meets Human Potential

Becoming increasingly part of our everyday lives, Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are evolving quickly and becoming ever-more sophisticated. From personal assistants to self-driving cars, AI is re-shaping fundamental aspects of society and opening up a variety of possibilities within the tech sector.

Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processed by machines, mainly computer systems. The processes mainly include learning, reasoning and self-correction. With the increase in speed, size and diversity of data, AI has gained its dominance in businesses globally and brings benefits wherever it is applied.

AI can perform several tasks, such as recognising patterns in data more efficiently than a human, offering deeper insights to businesses. A true AI system is one that can learn on its own, can improve on past iterations, getting ever smarter and more aware and enhancing its capabilities and knowledge.

Whether we realise it or not, we are surrounded by AI in many areas of our lives and this reality is bound to increase. With the next decade being forecasted to mainly focus on AI systems such as autonomously-powered self-driving vehicles, the AI industry boasts of evolving into a more powerful, predictive environment. Some of the mainstream examples of AI in everyday life are the virtual assistants we can find on our phones.

Everyone is familiar with Apple’s personal assistant, Siri. She’s the friendly voice-activated computer that we interact with on a daily basis. She helps us find information, gives us directions, adds events to our calendars, helps us send messages and so on. Siri is a pseudo-intelligent digital personal assistant. She uses machine-learning technology to get smarter and better able to predict and understand our natural-language questions and requests.

Netflix provides highly accurate predictive technology based on customer’s reactions to films. It analyses billions of records to suggest films that you might like, based on your previous reactions film choices. This tech is getting smarter and smarter by the year as the dataset grows. However, the tech’s only drawback is that independent movies go unnoticed, while big-named features balloon on the platform.

The AI Market: Opportunities in expansion

Companies acting on the AI space have been enjoying a fruitful period over the last couple years as the world starts to grasp the potential of this technology.

Machines are expected to perform 42% of all current tasks in the workplace by 2022 — a jump from the current 29%. This opens up many opportunities for different companies and startups to find their niches in this growing market.

North America takes the biggest share of the market with considerable advantage, whilst Asia is on its way to surpass Europe in second place.

Seeing Machines: Leading AI systems

A veteran is the field of AI is Seeing Machines (SEE), a London-listed company who is the world leader in driver-machine interaction. Seeing team uses artificial intelligence technology that observes the driver or operator’s attention — reliably, unobtrusively, and in real time — and intervenes seamlessly when necessary.

Operating in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and with over 15 years of experience in the market, the Company has pioneered the development and commercialisation of proprietary algorithms and hardware that help machines interpret the human face and eyes in order to understand the human state.

Seeing Machines specialises in computer vision algorithms that precisely track eye gaze, head position and pupil size, and their state-of the-art AI technology analyses the data to quickly and accurately detect driver drowsiness, distraction and microsleep events. The company has developed solutions for multiple transport sectors worldwide.

Seeing started working with the off-road (mining) sector in 2006 developing the Driver Safety System (DSS) which uses head position and eye tracking to minimise fatigue and distraction in mining equipment operators and drivers. Seeing Machines’ DSS is the world’s most effective heavy vehicle driver safety system and has been adopted by multiple global industries. This product is known as Guardian

Guardian is an AI powered system connected to a 24/7 monitoring centre and cloud analytics engine that gives fleet owners a variety of customisable intervention and analytics programs.

AI system Guardian by Seeing Machines

Last August, Guardian travelled 1 billion km across 24 countries. Guardian has been used in commercial trucks and buses covering more than has detected over 3.6 million fatigue and distraction-related driver events.

“The 1.3 billion km of data we have gathered since launching Guardian underpins our clear market leadership in the development and deployment of effective driver monitoring systems that demonstrably enhance transport safety across a range of verticals,” said Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines.

In October last year, the company launched their collaboration with Emirates Airlines to research and develop eye-tracking and facial recognition features that will enhance safety and security in airplanes.

This is the first blog in our AI series. Keep an eye for our next blog on AI and Blockchain and understanding the power of these two ground breaking technologies coming together.

If you want to get involved in AI either as an investor or entrepreneur, we are not short of opportunities for you to explore the best projects in the AI space:

Make sure you register for TechNOVA AI in London, on October 15 and get a 10% discount with the code ‘cassiopeia10’.

If you are based in continental Europe, don’t miss Fintech+, a leading AI conference and marketplace in Switzerland, on October 1–2.

From equities to crypto: Essential know-how for investors joining the blockchain revolution

Amidst the current frenzy around blockchain, many investors look at the crypto market and wonder if they are missing out on something. In the latest episode of the FinancialFox, notorius equities investor Chris Oil and the well-known crypto ambassador Stephen Kendall get together to discuss financial markets, investment opportunities and cryptocurrencies.

Old school sapient Investors, like Chris oil, don’t want to miss out on the blockchain opportunity but still fear the crypto market comparing it to the dotcom boom thus most do not invest in crypto coins. Too volatile, maybe too new. Another matter is blockchain technology.

Blockchain is a distributed, decentralised technology which can be applied to multiple ends. Even though they are blockchain’s best-known deployments, cryptocurrencies are in fact only one possible application of blockchain systems.

Despite the growth in crypto, more ‘conservative’ markets such as oil and gas still offer plenty of opportunities for investors. For those interested in this space, Chris says to keep an eye on the infamous Horse Hill Weald Basin and Solo Oil (LSE: SOLO) and then the African Chariot Oil (LSE: CHAR). And “don’t forget uranium which is going to up significantly in the next three years, and you want to be buying it now at the bottom. The best companies to look are listed on the Canadian and Australian Stock Exchang”e, says Chris Oil.

Just as the dotcom boom, the blockchain revolution has prompted a surge of multiple companies within the tech sector, so we are not short of projects and ICOs trying to earn their place in the crypto space. This also means that many of these projects are unlikely to survive once the frenzy is over.

The key, says Chris Oil, is to invest in the strong survivors, such as Online Blockchain (LSE:OBC). Throughout 2018, OBC has launched a couple of tokens in Latin America and Asia as part of their strategy of exploring the cryptocurrency potential in emerging markets and serving community development.

On top of that, OBC has created PlusOneCoin, a unique social affirmation coin for the investment and trading community. The coin is hosted by the biggest investor platform ADVFN and can be earned through chatroom interactions. Last week, PlusOneCoin experienced a 34% increase in just 24 hours due an increased mining interest, following a summer of solid performance.

Chris Oil and Stephen Kendal are interviewed by Stefania Barbaglio on FinancialFox

In the crypto sphere, the savvy Chris Oil believes the strategy for investors should be not to invest in cryptocurrencies directly, but instead research and invest in companies who deploy blockchain to some end; for example, Block Commodities (NEX: BLCC), the agri-tech company developing a blockchain system for African farmers.

After all, the true power of blockchain lies on its potential to disrupt multiple systems which are right now controlled by one single entity.

For those who are curious about crypto but not yet familiar with it, Stephen believes that the platform Steemit.it is a good place to start. Steemit.it works as a social media/ forum platform for users to interact, but also allows users to mine Steem coins themselves, giving them great insights into the blockchain world.

Kendall believes that the blockchain revolution is only one of the steps we are taking to realise the full potential of the internet, and there is much more to come. Blockchain could allow virtually any system to be opened and decentralised.

We are on the verge of a revolution that will transform markets into a tokenised system, with no central authority and where each part of the network answers for itself. Timothy John Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, had already envisaged the power and accountability of a decentralised system when he created the internet, says Stephen.

“Over next decade, there will be a migration from the old archaic centralised system sat on the internet, to a fully decentralised system which is going to allow everything to be accountable for the first time,” says Stephen Kendall.

Crypto projects can be very ambitious and innovative, gathering strong community support, like Digibyte, for example. Created four years ago and with a growing community, Digibyte has increasingly more influence in the crypto world. Its followers are passionate and believe in the cryptocurrency’s potential to become a global coin. Proof of this is the Venezuela project, a initiative from the Digibyte community to support the people of Venezuela with Digibyte, propelling the argument that the coin can increase financial inclusion and be mass-adopted.

Crypto master and entrepreneur Clem Chambers believes that equities and crypto are not necessarily rivals but actually complement each other, and the combination of the two can make an investment portfolio very powerful: “Bitcoin is new wealth in the same way as a new gold mine would make the world wealthier. There is no reason that Bitcoin can’t be worth what all the gold on earth is, or much more. Bitcoin has a better use case than gold but the use case of Bitcoin is not exactly the same as gold and will not make gold obsolete.”

Many developments are still to unfold as the blockchain revolution gains ground around the world and more innovative projects emerge. It is definitely a market to watch.

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PlusOneCoin bucking the crypto market trend

PlusOneCoin is a unique social affirmation coin for the investment and trading community. The coin was developed in a joint venture between ADVFN and Online Blockchain (OBC) both of which benefit from a highly experienced common team. The team is steadily progressing with the coin applications moving beyond the standard altcoin model.

PlusOneCoin offers more than just the average social cryptocurrency; it is:

  1. A means to educate the ADVFN investor community -which pretty much focussed on the equity markets and used to speculating about stocks- about the crypto world
  2. A new community mechanism for the ADVFN BB (Chat Rooms) that rewards content creators and ADVFN platform generating crypto revenue
  3. A real life ‘sandbox’ for the OBC developers to build their middleware software around

As we as allowing users to monetise their social presence and one of PlusOneCoin’s major USP is its ability that it can be mined on any personal computer. There are essentially two ways of acquiring the coins:

1) Download a wallet (available for both Windows and Macs here — https://www.plusonecoin.org/ ) and mine the coins using your computers’ processing power.

2) Have your content up voted on ADVFN chat rooms (BB)

3) Buy/Trade the coin on Satoshi Coin Exchange (https://www.tradesatoshi.com/Exchange/?market=PLUS1_BTC )

How to upvote content
PlusOneCoin Wall showing top voted content

On Thursday, zccording to Satoshi Coin Exchange, PlusOneCoin had a 34% increase in just 24 hours starting from a Low: USD0.000006700.00000897 to High: USD0.00000897due to an increase in the mining of coin. Looking at the coin’s history as a whole, PlusOneCoin was listed on the Satoshi Coin Exchange on 14TH March 2018, valued at USD0.00000352, and has been performing well over the summer..

Last week PlusOneCoin started to spike on 10th September when it opened on a high of USD0.00000949 reaching highest value of USD0.00001331 on 12th September 2018. The figures also show an impressive consolidation in terms of volume, closing at 1178.8162 BTC for PlusOneCoin as compared to its humble beginning in March when it was valued at USD0.00090108 BTC.

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