Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

The Solution to IoT is Blockchain Security – “HDAC (Hyundai Digital Asset Currency) is a company attempting to solve the security problem of the IoT through blockchain technology by creating a permissioned private network. In other words, they’ve chosen not to build on top of other existing blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Instead they’ve decided to create their own separate blockchain designed specifically to be IoT friendly.”

If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present – “When we have embodied presence, our posture shifts. Rather than slouching, crossing our arms, and literally closing in on ourselves, we assume a more balanced, uplifted, open, and inclusive posture. This includes sitting up straight, with our arms open. This shift in posture can influence how we think, behave, and communicate. In the same way that we can catalyze qualities like confidence through assuming a bold posture, we can induce qualities like awareness, focus, inclusion, and compassion through an uplifted, dignified posture.”

JPMorgan Chase And Samsung Are Partnering With IBM To Build Business Apps On Quantum Computers – “Eventual applications could perform risk analysis or adjust prices more quickly in finance, make it easier to develop new materials in manufacturing and optimize logistics faster, but to do so, the companies must learn how to run the underlying algorithms of those applications on a quantum computer, among other challenges.”

18 Designers Predict UI/UX Trends for 2018 – “Designers are always looking toward the future - in our “build and ship it now” industry we’re programmed to iterate ad finitum. In the end, a designer’s obsession always circles back to one simple question: How can we improve the user’s experience? With that in mind, Figma asked 18 designers what UI/UX trends they predict for 2018. December, with its flurry of holiday parties, cheery OOO auto-replies and introspective weather patterns, provided the perfect opportunity to pause and survey the landscape.”

Microsoft Searches For AI Case Studies – “AI will have an enormous impact upon business and our lives. The key to remember is that for most of us the tense is critical. It’s “will” and not that soon.”

3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Blockchain Technology – “Though much of the fintech coverage is focused on the ephemeral benefits of cryptocurrency exchanges and returns, there is far more opportunity, especially for engineers, designers, and makers generally, when we think about the long lasting impact that blockchains can have on how we organize and store systems within our society.”

7 unusual fonts created in 2017 – “Some of the fonts listed below explore new technologies in font engineering, other push boundaries of “regular” font developing process, but all of them are one-of-a-kind hallmark of 2017.”

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