Russia’s Yandex Director Lauds Blockchain For More than Fintech Alone

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On December 23rd, 2015, Yandex Director for Technology Distribution Gregory Bakunov presented his views on the future of Blockchain at a recent conference in Moscow.

“People realized bitcoin was a concept no one had to accept ‘as is’ and that Bitcoin is a concept around money.But at its core, underlying it, is blockchain technology, which is very interesting as it is.”

Russia’s Yandex ranked as the 4th largest search engine worldwide, that like Google, also develops a number of Internet-based services and products.

“Blockchain could build brand new, totally magical things without even using the Internet. It is a scheme which allows for distributed construction of a monetary/non-monetary system of some kind. “

“Right now many companies I know of are working on improving the technology to apply it in the Internet of Things. The very technology of blockchain will be extensively used by the whole fintech [industry] next year. Thank god, it will go beyond it.”

Bakunov mentioned the blockchain again during his talk about artificial intelligence:

“There are lots of interesting insights, which allow using blockchain as a substrate for data transmission within an AI system. The concept is terribly interesting, and it’s about to work the next year.”

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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