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When StartupYard launched in 2011, the promise of AI to change the way that people work and live was a faint whisper. A rumor to most people. Today it’s a roar one cannot escape. That future is here now.
AI isn’t a toy or a dream any longer. It’s here, and it’s having measurable impacts in every aspect of life. That can be scary. It can also be exciting. We must face it either way.
Automation now sweeps through every industry, promising to disrupt every profession. It cannot be a coincidence that people inside and outside the tech startup community are turning to new visions, not just of technology, but of companies, organizations, governments, and the concepts of money, ownership, and privacy.
Blockchain comes hand-in-hand with automation because a secure, decentralized, “trustless” and irrevocable ledger of ownership, payment, and data is more important now than ever before. We have seen that in the hands of governments and private firms, our data and our money is increasingly out of our control, and even more worryingly, out of their control as well.
The Future of Work will be defined by these two central issues: how the nature of work is changing in the face of an automated world, and how we will fairly value, compensate, empower, and protect people in the face of these changes.
So we will be looking for startup founders who want to join us to face that future with an open mind. We want teams working on AI and blockchain applications that will build a fairer, more equitable, more empowered and more prosperous life for the future.