HPE Discover: Exploring the Potential of Blockchain in IoT

courtesy of  the Internet of Things Institute

Blockchain may be the new “buzzword”; I believe it’s real, but can’t verify for myself as I don’t own any cryptocurrency, the current blockchain use type. The article calls it Blockchain 1.0.

I was taught to limit the use of 1.0 anything (I do make exceptions for Vivaldi!). Blockchain 2.0 is the enterprise and 3.0 is integrated with IoT, the main piece of this article.

Blockchain in IoT: The potential of the tech convergence depends on an organization’s willingness to support unprecedented collaboration with other companies.

Source: HPE Discover: Exploring the Potential of Blockchain in IoT

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Microsoft and EY launch what could be one of the world’s largest enterprise blockchain ecosystem | H/T ->On MSFT

courtesy EY and Microsoft

In modern technology, layers of innovation that are based on generally available concepts, in this case, Ethereum, is based on the concept of “not reinventing the wheel”. The technical base of this network is 4 components that are specific to this blockchain:

  • Transaction Manager – allows access to encrypted transaction data for private transactions, manages local data store and communication with other Transaction
    Managers.
  • Crypto Enclave – responsible for private key management and encryption and decryption of private transaction data.
  • QuorumChain – voting-based, BFT-hardened consensus mechanism that utilizes core Ethereum features to verify and propagate votes through the network.
  • Network Manager – controls access to the network, enabling a permissioned network to be created.

(Voell, Baldet, & Marchoini, 2016, p. 2)

It is these 4 items that make this blockchain stand out from the rest. The fact that EY (Ernst & Young) and Microsoft are behind this gives it near instant credibility. Digital Rights Management is a touchy subject for end users such as myself, but it’s here to stay. Whatsoever can brand transparency viable is a plus.

EY, the global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has partnered with Microsoft to launch a blockchain network for content rights and royalties management with an aim to streamline the costly and time-consuming processes in the media and entertainment industry. The blockchain network will encompass thousands of business partners and process millions of transactions per day once it is operational, making it one of the world’s largest enterprise blockchain ecosystems. The solution is designed to serve any industry where intellectual property or assets are licensed to other parties and where the creators are paid royalties based on royalty agreements (with calculations that are mostly done manually).

Source: Microsoft and EY launch what could be one of the world’s largest enterprise blockchain ecosystem | On MSFT 

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PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss | The Mouse Vs. The Python

 

 

It is great to see Women Of Color using technology that empowers others. A reminder of the Zen of Python:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better than implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts

Source: PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss | The Mouse Vs. The Python

Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

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An illustration of how the pill coats the intestine mimicking the effect of bariatric surgery (Credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Randal Mckenzie, and New Atlas)

Gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery has been found to be extraordinarily effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. An exciting new study has now demonstrated an oral agent that can potentially mimic the effects of this surgery by artificially lining the stomach.

A family member has undergone gastric bypass surgery, and she swears by it. Conceive of  getting the benefits of this type of surgery without actually having to go through the process. Though these procedures are commonplace, they aren’t cheap. As the United States slowly moves towards some form of universal healthcare, cost savings become of paramount importance.

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Source: Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

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Regenerative bandage accelerates healing in diabetic wounds – Northwestern Now

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Stained epidermis cells cultured on A5G81 (Credit: Northwestern University via NewAtlas.com)

As a diabetic who have persistent wounds on my right leg, I can identify with any wrap or solution that can help my legs to grow and fluid to flow. For example below, this is a recent photograph of my right leg in a state of lymphedema.

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My right leg as of 5/3/2018

The pink found in the picture is suggestive of healing skin with limited exudence (draining). This has been a condition I’ve lived with for the past 4 years.

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Typical 3-Layer Wrap

A 3-Layer wrap, generally Abdominal Pad with Tritec™ Silver, Kerlix Gause, and Coban™ Wrap. Applied by Wound Care medical professionals with some specialized training, change at least weekly is required; more with excessive drainage.

Imagine a Hydrogel Dressing bandage that can replace the water with protein cells that have a mission to multiply and regenerate new skin. If a wider trial works, my leg prayers will have been answered.

Source: Regenerative bandage accelerates healing in diabetic wounds – Northwestern Now

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