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Blockchain: distributed transactions that will radically change the world

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 14 januari 2016

The American mathematician and A.M. Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport is one of the founding fathers of distributed computing and distributed algorithms. Back in 1978, he defined distributed computing thus: “A distributed system consists of a collection of distinct processes which are spatially separated, and which communicate with each other by exchanging messages. A network of interconnected computers such as the ARPANET is a distributed system.” [1] In an age when there were no such things as the internet, the Internet of Things or advanced manufacturing, he worked on distributed algorithms that have helped make these developments possible. Without the trailblazing by this founding father of distributed computing, today's blockchain technology hype would have been unthinkable. Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchain: distributed transactions that will radically change the world

Ben van Lier
14 januari 2016


Ben van Lier

Technology, networks and society

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 23 oktober 2015

According to Philip Howard, we are entering a new era where: “wired and wireless devices will be everywhere, embedded in a range of everyday objects and therefore less visible” (2015 pp.xix). This new era is what he calls the era of Pax Technica [1].  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Technology, networks and society

Ben van Lier
23 oktober 2015


Ben van Lier

Smart Grids and 5G Networks enable next Industrial Revolution

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 22 juli 2015

According to the American economist Jeremy Rifkin, the biggest economic revolutions arose from amalgamating new communication technologies with new energy systems. He states the following about such synthesis in his book[1] the Third Industrial Revolution: “New energy regimes makes possible the creation of more interdependent economic activity and expanded communication exchange as well, facilitate more dense and inclusive relationships”. This brings up the question if merging new developments such as Smart Grids, Intelligent Machines and a new fifth generation mobile telecommunication network (5G) will form a basis for a new industrial revolution.  Lees meer >>

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Smart Grids and 5G Networks enable next Industrial Revolution

Ben van Lier
22 juli 2015


Ben van Lier

On the verge of machine learning and machine intelligence

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 06 mei 2015

In the film Transcendence, the lead actress Rebecca Hall suggests that “intelligent machines will soon allow us to conquer our most intractable challenges”. In the film, the human brain is uploaded to a collection of distributed computers. The collective thus created can learn far more quickly than would be possible among humans.  Lees meer >>

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On the verge of machine learning and machine intelligence

Ben van Lier
06 mei 2015


Ben van Lier

Artificial Life and Emergence

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 13 maart 2015

In 1943 the Austrian quantum physicist Erwin Schrödingered in an lecture [1]: “What is the characteristic feature of life? When is a piece of matter said to be alive?” Schrödinger’s question becomes topical[2] once more in a scientific project is that is reported about on the internet and whose purpose is “to develop a fully digital life form, a virtual nemotode.” The intended life form which is being reproduced digitally from the cellular level is a roundworm called Caenorhobditis Elegans. Daniel Cossins says of this project: “With just 959 cells, including 302 neurons, the hermaphrodite gender of C Elegans fits the bill. But creating algorithms to simulate the functions of even this number of cells is a big task[3].” The open worm project could be categorised as one of the many projects described as A-life or Artificial Life and aimed at “the synthesis and simulation of living systems[4].”  Lees meer >>

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Artificial Life and Emergence

Ben van Lier
13 maart 2015


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