Community Newsletter (25–29 November)

Nov 29, 2019


Here is’s community newsletter for the week commencing 25 November. Stay up to date by following us on Twitter.

Highlight of the week London meetup’s Jonathan Ward and Toby Simpson take questions from the floor

It was fantastic to see friends and newcomers alike at our London meetup on Wednesday evening.

CTO Toby Simpson and head of research Jonathan Ward discussed the enormous strides we have made this year and outlined some of the many exciting features that will be included in next month’s mainnet release. There’s not long to wait now! ?

Community news

In pursuit of inclusive AI
Yesterday Maria Minaricova appeared on a panel at the Barclays Eagle Lab Incubator in Cambridge to discuss’s work at the forefront of AI technology. One of the topics covered was the potential for companies to mitigate against biases to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Maria Minaricova (third from right) appearing on the panel

When will IoT become a thing? featured in two articles this week highlighting the revolutionary impact that will take place when billions of devices connect using autonomous agents. Read the articles in full in Tech Times and Tech Worm.

How delivers advanced business intelligence
We are extremely proud of the way our unique combination of AI, blockchain and machine learning technology delivers valuable analysis to users.

One of the many benefits the network brings to our tokenized metals exchange is that it enables the quality and the quantity of metals to be securely monitored in real-time.

Read this Techopedia article to learn more about the advantages of our technology.

The concepts behind our technology
Application lead Joshua Croft summarized some of the core components of the network in this informative article. Take a read to learn more about blockchain technology, smart contracts and our virtual machine.

Trust matters
In the third blog post in this ongoing series about how agents negotiate and transact, we discussed the importance of trust ratings. These enable agents to trade with other agents they know they can rely upon.

Upcoming events

Blockchain for Europe meetings (Brussels, 9–11 December) co-founded Blockchain for Europe and will be represented next month by head of business development Maria Minaricova. Maria will be meeting newly elected MEPs in the Belgium capital to discuss the exciting possibilities made available by new technologies and the way they can be implemented to improve the lives of EU citizens.

This week President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen spoke about the need for the EU to grasp the opportunity presented by AI and blockchain technology as “digitalization will enable us to handle resources more effectively and more efficiently”. The president-elect outlined the need to utilize the 85% of non-personal data that is currently overlooked., as part of Blockchain for Europe, will help the EU to realise this ambition.

Technology Update

The team have been working hard finalizing next week’s Aries tech release, which will include a number of machine learning features.

This week, excluding merges, 12 authors have pushed 28 commits to the main branch and 29 commits to all branches. On the main branch, 163 files have changed and there have been 5,296 additions and 2,756 deletions. See all updates.

Bounties, hackathons and competitions

The technical bounty program
Help us to improve the reliability and performance of our network. Find and report technical issues and be awarded $FET ?

? Find a technical issue in the’s GitHub ledger repository
? Report it as an issue on GitHub
?️ Additional award for a fix

Award structure
Critical: $10,000 in FET
Major: $6,000 in FET
Medium: $2,500 in FET
Low: $800 in FET

More bounties are coming soon involving autonomous agents, mobile applications and much more — watch this space!

Join our developer Slack channel and find information on our bounties and hackathons on our community website.

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We hope you have a great weekend.

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