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Sunday, Dec. 16: the top 20 cryptocurrencies are all in the green, seeing a mix of slight to solid gains, with Bitcoin (BTC) hovering over $3,200.

Market visualization from Coin360

Market visualization from Coin360

At press time, Bitcoin is up a little less than two percent over the last 24 hours. On the weekly chart, the current prices are slightly higher than the lowest point, registered on Dec. 15.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ripple (XRP), the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, gained over two percent in the last 24 hours. It started the day at $0.283 and is currently trading around $0.29, near its mid-day highest point of $0.294.

On the weekly chart, the current price is moderately higher than the lowest registered in the past seven days, equivalent to $0.282. Moreover, the current value is significantly lower than the $0.311 price with which XRP started the week.

Ripple 7-day price chart

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum (ETH) remains the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, gaining slightly less than four percent in value in the last 24 hours. At press time, ETH is trading just under $87, after having started the day around $83 and reporting moderate gains during the day.

On the weekly chart, the current price is higher than the lowest point of $83, but still notably lower than $95, the price at which ETH started the week.

Ethereum 7-day chart

Ethereum 7-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies, some are reporting more notable growth. Bitcoin SV (BSV) is up just under 16 percent, while Litecoin (LTC) gained nearly 11 percent. Dash (DASH) registered a price increase of nearly 5 percent, while EOS (EOS) is seeing about 6 percent gains on the day to press time.

As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, Dec. 15, Stephen Pair, the CEO of crypto merchant platform BitPay, declared that he expects the mass adoption of blockchain for payments to occur in 3 to 5 years. He further noted that, when it comes to crypto, “adoption will push the prices higher.”

Pair’s statement is in line with what Jeremy Allaire, CEO of crypto finance company Circle, said to CNBC in a recent interview. Namely, when talking about Bitcoin, Allaire stated that he thinks “it is certainly going to be worth a great deal more than it is today,” within three years time.

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Top Stories This Week

CEO of Defunct Mt. Gox Exchanges Faces Ten Year Jail Sentence Over Embezzlement

Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of now-defunct Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, could be facing a ten-year jail sentence over charges of embezzlement. Karpeles, who headed the exchange during the major hack in 2014 that resulted in the loss of 850,000 BTC ($2.87 billion at press time), has denied any wrongdoing. Prosecutors in a Tokyo court this week have claimed that Karpeles had stolen around $3 million worth of funds from the exchange, in a case not connected to the hack.

Only Two ASIC Mining Rigs Remain Profitable in Current Crypto Markets

During this week’s cryptocurrency market crash, crypto mining machines are having trouble making a profit for their operators, according to data from a mining profitability site. At one point this week, ASICMinerValue.com  — which calculates real-time profitability for ASIC miners — found that only two were currently making any profit. Both of the profit-reaping miners were released in October 2018 and were making $0.58 and $0.21 in profits at the time. At press time, however, more than two miners are now in the green.

Canadian City of Calgary Launches Digital ‘Calgary Dollar’ for Intracity Transactions

The Canadian city of Calgary, located in the province of Alberta, has launched its own digital currency: the Calgary Dollar. The digital currency will allow citizens, using an app on their devices, to support small businesses and nonprofits by keeping funds within the city. The Calgary Dollar can be used at shops and restaurants that participate in the program and can be earned in various ways, such as by inviting friends to the app or posting an ad for goods and services priced in the digital currency.

US SEC Chairman Speaks Positively of Initial Coin Offerings as Capital Raising Tool

The chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, said this week that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) “can be effective” instruments for raising capital. During a speech given this week, Clayton noted that there are a “number of concerns” related to ICOs, but that they can be “effective” ways to raise capital providing that securities laws are followed. Clayton also mentioned the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), which will facilitate the agency’s involvement in fintech.

Samsung Refutes Rumors of Plans to Add Crypto Cold Wallet on Galaxy S10 Smartphone

Korean-headquartered transnational tech conglomerate Samsung has refuted rumors this week that it plans to launch a crypto cold wallet on its Galaxy S10 smartphone. The rumors began after the company filed three E.U. trademarks for blockchain- and cryptocurrency-software. SamMobile confirmed to Cointelegraph that the trademarks are part of the development of a Samsung proprietary cold wallet, which “may be launched” with the Galaxy 10 smartphone.

Winners and Losers

The cryptocurrency markets are holding steady, with Bitcoin (BTC) trading at around $3,275, Ripple (XRP) at around $02.38, and Ethereum (ETH) at around $86,29. Total market cap is about $104 billion.

The top three altcoin gainers of the week are Bolenum (BLN), Vestoria (VSTR) and SURETY (SURE). The top three altcoin losers of the week are BitF (BITF), KWH Coin (KWH) and DACH Coin (DACH).

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.

Most Memorable Quotations

“I believe that ICOs can be effective ways for entrepreneurs and others to raise capital. However, the novel technological nature of an ICO does not change the fundamental point that, when a security is being offered, our securities laws must be followed,” — Jay Clayton, United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman

“We’re totally at home in winter,” — Tyler Winklevoss, speaking about the crypto bear market

“The audience is more sober now—the drug is gone. […] But it’s not going to zero. We’re at the methadone clinic,”  — Mike Novogratz, founder of Galaxy Digital

Prediction of the Week

Tom Lee: Bitcoin’s Fair Value Price Could Reach as High as $150,000

Crypto bull and co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors Tom Lee said this week that Bitcoin’s (BTC) “fair value” is much higher than its current price. In a note from this week, Lee also said that the coin’s fair value is between $13,800 and $14,800, also adding that the value could reach as high as $150,000. Lee added: “In fact, working backwards, to solve for the current price of Bitcoin, this implies crypto wallets should fall to 17 million from 50 million currently.”

FUD of the Week

China: Central Bank Governor Defines STOs as ‘Illegal Financial Activity’ in the Country

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the country’s central bank, highlighted the illegality of Security Token Offerings (STOs) in the country in a statement this week. Pan Gongsheng reportedly told a summit in Beijing this week that both STOs and ICOs were “rampant” in the mainland, despite the “nationwide clean-up” of the crypto markets in China last year. In regards to the “STO business” in China, Gongsheng added that cryptocurrencies are still associated with crime.

Major Stablecoin Profit Basis to Shut Down and Return Funds to Investors

Major United States-based stablecoin project Basis will shut down operations and return most of its funds to investors. The algorithmic stablecoin project will return the majority of its $133 million in funding that it raised during a private placement in April, according to a report.

Bloomberg later reported that Basis’ CEO Nader Al-Naji confirmed that the impetus to close the project came from regulatory concerns over a type of token in Basis’ — as well as other algorithmic stablecoins’ — a system known as a “secondary token,” which helps keep the coin’s price stable. Al-Naji noted that there was no way to “escape” classification as a security.

Head of Largest Romanian Crypto Exchange Arrested for Fraud on US Warrant

Vlad Nistor, the CEO of Romania’s largest crypto exchange Coinflux, was reportedly arrested on a warrant from the U.S. for fraud, organized crime and money laundering. Coinflux is an online digital currency trading platform, with reportedly more than 200 million euro worth of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ripple (XRP) in transactions. Nistor was allegedly arrested in Romania at the behest of the U.S.

After this arrest, CoinFlux posted an announcement about a temporary suspension of all digital currency exchanges, noting that the investigation has also restricted its access to some parts of the platform.

Best Cointelegraph Features

Europe Takes Serious Steps Toward Blockchain Adoption

Cointelegraph explores how Europe is orienting itself towards blockchain and digital ledger technology as a whole. Looking at several initiatives, including the European Blockchain Partnership and the blockchain-based healthcare project, the analysis examines how Europe is working to become a “global leader” in DLT.

From South Korea to IBM Food Trust — How Blockchain Is Used in the Food Industry

In this analysis, Cointelegraph looks at how different companies and areas in the food industry use blockchain technology to bring transparency to their food chains, and why that the traditional use of blockchain doesn’t always work here.

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In December 2017, the market participants were eagerly waiting for the total crypto market capitalization to touch $1 trillion. Fast forward to December 2018, and the total market capitalization is struggling to hold on to the $100 billion mark.

This shows the complete change in sentiment in the past one year: last year, it was fear of missing out and this year it is fear of losing all the money invested in cryptocurrencies.

During extremes of the bull or the bear phase, the markets overshoot and undershoot the technical targets by a large margin. We believe that the decline has reached a panic state, which will end with a bottom formation, sooner than later.

Therefore, investors who believe in the long-term potential of the asset class should be ready to invest once the decline ends. The downside risk from the current levels is limited while the upside potential is attractive.

EOS/USD

EOS (EOS) block producers are operating in negative margins and many will land up in trouble if the price does not recover or if no change is made to the existing reward system.

Hackers are also having a field day with the decentralized apps (DApps) that are based on the EOS blockchain. Their hacks have resulted in a loss of about $1 million since July.

Charles Hoskinson of Cardano believes that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is likely to train its guns against the $4 billion initial coin offering (ICO) of EOS. So, how does the future look according to the charts? Let’s find out.

EOS/USD

The major trend on the EOS/USD pair is down. The price has been making new year-to-date lows since the breaking down of $4.493.

The bulls had attempted to form a base from mid-August to mid-November, which failed. The pattern target of that break was $2.1561. However, the bears easily broke through this level and plunged the digital currency to a low of $1.55. Even at these levels, there is no urgency among the buyers to step in and provide support.

This suggests that the decline can extend to the next support at $1.2 and below it to $1, which is a major psychological support. The RSI is close to the oversold territory, which shows that the selling has been overdone.

A pullback to the breakdown level is likely, which in this case is the $3.8723–$4.493 zone. However, traders should initiate long positions only after the virtual currency signals a trend reversal. Until then, it is best to remain on the sidelines.

BNB/USD

Binance, one of the top crypto exchanges in the world by trade volume, has launched educational content to provide “unbiased” information about crypto and blockchain to the public. The development of the content is being undertaken by Binance Academy, which is the dedicated education arm of the exchange.

Another arm, Binance Labs, has released its first batch of blockchain projects from its incubation program, which provided the projects with funding and other necessary resources. The exchange has added six new pairs, with Circle’s USD-pegged stablecoin USD Coin recently being included in its Combined Stablecoin Market.

BNB/USD

The Binance Coin (BNB/USD) pair is relatively strong, as it has not given up much ground since the breaking down of the year-to-date low of $5.4666, formed on Feb. 6. It is currently falling inside a descending channel.

If the bears break below the immediate support of $4.1723848, the decline can reach the support line of the channel at $2.5.

Though the trend is down and it is advantage bears, the RSI is in the oversold territory, hence, we can expect the bulls to attempt to climb back above the overhead resistance at $5.4666. If successful, the current dip can be termed as a bear trap and the pullback can extend to the resistance line of the channel, just above $7.5. Traders should attempt a trade only after a reliable buy setup is formed.

TRX/USD

TRON (TRX) launched its TRC20 exchange this week. With the exchange going live, it is expected that the liquidity of the TRON network will increase. The 24-hour transaction amount for DApps increased 48 percent compared to the previous week. Similarly, the 24-hour trading volume increased 151 percent over the last week. With these developments, how does the chart pattern look? Is a bottom in sight?

TRX/USD

The bulls have been attempting to put a bottom in place for the past few months. The TRX/USD pair consolidated between $0.0183 and $0.0281551 for about three months, before breaking down on Nov. 19. An attempt to climb back into the range failed and the bears are attempting to extend the downtrend. The breakdown gives it a pattern target of $0.00844479. If the decline doesn’t stall at this level, then the next support is at $0.00554133.

However, if the bulls defend $0.01089965 and push the price back above $0.0183, the digital currency will indicate a probable trend change. Until then, every pullback will be met with a wave of selling, hence, it is better to wait and watch.

LTC/USD

The Litecoin (LTC) Lightning Network is ready for launch on one of the largest payment gateways, CoinGate. The creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, cheered the news in a recent tweet, “Even Litecoin will soon have more than 1000 merchants accepting LN payments!  Thanks @CoinGatecom!”

Lee had sold all of his Litecoin in December 2017, citing a conflict of interest. He had then indirectly indicated that the price of Litecoin could plunge to $20. With the price declining close to his prediction, will it find a bottom at these levels or will it continue to slump? Let’s find out.

LTC/USD

The LTC/USD pair has been in a strong downtrend since peaking out at $370 in December of last year. Though there was an attempt to form a base at $47.246, the bears broke down on Nov. 13 and resumed the downtrend. There was another attempt to defend the support at $29.349, but it did not hold even for a week.

Currently, the downtrend has resumed and the next support on the downside is the $19–$21 zone. If this also fails to hold, the fall can extend to $15. The RSI has reached oversold levels, last seen in the beginning of 2015.

If the digital currency rebounds from current levels and climbs above $29.349, it will indicate that the markets have rejected lower levels. In such a case, a pullback to $47.246 is probable. However, as the bears have an upper hand, the traders should wait for the trend to reverse before attempting a long position in it.

BTC/USD

Some believe that after the crushing bear market Bitcoin (BTC) will meet its end. However, Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of Circle, believes that Bitcoin will be worth “a great deal more” than it is now in the next three years.

Co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors, Thomas Lee, believes that the fair value of Bitcoin is between $13,800 and $14,800, a good 315 percent higher than the current levels. During bear markets, prices can drop to crazy levels, which turns out to be a good buying opportunity for the brave hearted who can go against the trend.

BTC/USD

The trend in the BTC/USD pair is clearly down. Since breaking down of the critical $5,900 support, the bulls haven’t been able to defend any intermediate support levels, which shows that the bears are in command.

The selling has pushed the RSI into the oversold territory, a level last seen in the beginning of 2015. The immediate support is at $2,974, from where we anticipate a strong bounce.

Conversely, if the virtual currency fails to recover, the downtrend can extend to $1,752. With every fall, the pair gets closer to the bottom, but it is difficult to predict where the decline will end.

As the slide has been sharp, the next pullback is likely to be equally sharp. Therefore, traders can expect a retest of the breakdown level of $5,900 once the trend reverses. Until then, the short traders will pounce on every small pullback.

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Individual US states seem to be in competition for the title of the most crypto-friendly in the Union – Ohio’s recent announcement of imminent crypto tax payments being the latest example. Meanwhile, federal authorities remain in disarray with regard to how to define, let alone consistently regulate digital assets.

It is not just stakeholders and crypto buffs who bemoan the disorderly state of federal policies: their usual talking points have been recently validated by academics. In an article forthcoming in a Journal of Financial Transformation, University of Arkansas Law School professor Carol Goforth weighed in with an opinion that essentially summarizes what experts have been airing all along. Goforth notes that there are at least four distinct federal regulators that oversee various aspects of digital assets’ issuance and, each with a different interpretation of their nature.

While the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) treats crypto as commodities, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) insists they are securities, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) applies currency rules, and the Internal Revenue Service treats digital money as property.

Skeptical of the possibility that these regulatory powers get consolidated anytime soon, Prof. Goforth calls for increased coordination between the agencies in an effort to introduce a more nuanced, rather than ‘monolithic,’ approach to various crypto assets. In other words, her proposed remedy is to treat such assets on a case-by-case basis, contingent upon their functionality and their users’ motivations. But have there been any signs of such change of heart in the US regulators and policymakers as of late?

At least in one instance, yes. On December 11, CFTC issued a public request for input, seeking in-depth comments on multiple aspects of how Ether and the Ethereum Network operate. The document, which will generate feedback to fuel the work of the Commission’s LabCFTC initiative, includes a list of 25 items pertinent to Ethereum’s purpose, functionality, scalability, security, and even the details of the system’s imminent shift to proof-of-stake consensus mechanism.

While the news got the community agitated, it’s not immediately clear what will come out of the regulator’s renewed interest in Ethereum’s fundamentals. Some observers, like MIT Technology Review’s Mike Orcutt, suggested that the development might endanger the prospects of the long-anticipated ETH futures.

What appears to be the CFTC’s effort to rethink the status of a single asset might not be indicative of broader concerted push towards “a more nuanced approach.” Other US regulators haven’t made similar moves, while some produced signals are indicating that they are still very much in line with the good old catch-all approach. For instance, consonant with their usual trope, recent remarks by a Department of the Treasury official stressed the need for crypto industry players to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) infrastructure.

US Congress

There is always hope that legislators on the Capitol Hill will lead the charge towards a better regulatory framework. Indeed, in the last few weeks, the blockchain-minded members of Congress have been on the move, making waves in the media and announcing proposed bills.

On Dec. 6, US Representatives Darren Soto and Ted Budd introduced two bills aimed at preventing crypto price manipulation and optimizing regulatory framework: The Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018 and the U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018, respectively.

Both include recommendations to the CFTC that prescribe a set of regulatory changes. The first bill outlines possible scenarios of price manipulation in the crypto markets and advances remedies, whereas the second one calls for a comparative study of regulatory arrangements in other national contexts, with the view to improve the current domestic ‘burdensome regulations that may inhibit innovation.’

The last few weeks have also seen the rise of a new star of crypto legislation, at least in terms of generated publicity. Even though not a formal member of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Representative Warren Davidson of Ohio came into the spotlight at least twice in the month of December so far. First, speaking at the Blockland Solutions conference in Cleveland, Davidson announced that he was planning to introduce a bipartisan bill that would create a new asset class for tokens, thus enabling the feds to regulate initial coin offerings (ICOs) more efficiently.

A week later, during an interview to NPR, Davidson said that the border wall between the US and Mexico could be crowdfunded, suggesting that one of the mechanisms for that could be blockchain and issuance of ‘wall coins.’

The executive

While financial regulators and lawmakers are taking time to figure out ways to better handle the realm of digital assets, many federal agencies that are not concerned with monetary matters are exploring the uses of blockchain technology to aid their day-to-day operations.

With increasing interest to supply chain logistics as one of the most widely discussed non-financial blockchain applications, the news emerged that the feds are eyeing DLT-powered provenance tracing tools to increase food safety.

Amid the outbreak of E. coli associated with romaine lettuce originating from a California farm that took a while to trace and had the authorities introduce a blanket warning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took steps towards improving its tracking tools. The agency hired Frank Yiannas, formerly Walmart’s food safety boss, as its foods and veterinary medicine deputy commissioner. Just a few months ago Yiannas oversaw first trials of Walmart’s blockchain-powered tracking system, and he is now expected to introduce a similar solution with the FDA.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took an interest in two blockchain applications relevant to the scope of its activities. One is related to forensic analysis of transactions: apparently concerned about the potential of ‘privacy coins’ like Monero and Zcash to help criminals escape the same level of scrutiny that is already available for bitcoin transactions, the DHS kicked off pre-solicitation process for parties potentially interested in supplying solutions capable of dealing with such “newer blockchain implementations.”

Another matter of the agency’s interest is germane to the licensing and certification functions performed by its three subsidiaries: the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In an effort to improve the documentation flow, the DHS calls for startups to offer blockchain-powered solutions that will help combat fraud, counterfeiting, and forgery of digital documents.

In the defense field, the US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) unveiled an app designed to train members of the armed forces to develop and run blockchain-based supply-chain solutions. Recognizing that such supply chains will most likely be prevalent in the future military logistics, the Air Force partnered with several private contractors to build a system preparing personnel for their new functionality. Among the decisions that they will learn to make is what incentive structure best suits a given task, or whether a system should be permissionless or permissioned.

Meanwhile, the research arm of the US military, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is looking to explore potential uses of permissionless distributed ledgers. In preparation for a workshop scheduled for February 2019, the agency solicits information on a range of blockchain-related topics, including security and centrality of distributed consensus protocols.

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Fintech is believed to be a “systemic risk” to the broader economy, according to a survey conducted by the United States Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Dec. 11.

20 percent of respondents to the so-called “DTCC Systemic Risk Barometer,” identified fintech among the system risks for the global economy in 2019. The results are up from 15 percent in last year’s survey.

Stephen Scharf, DTCC’s Managing Director and Chief Security Officer, declared that the increased concern over fintech “demonstrates a growing awareness of the potential risk and highlights the need to evaluate both risks and rewards associated with fintech initiatives.” He then explained:

“As the industry continues to adopt fintech innovations, like blockchain, AI and cloud solutions, we must ensure that those innovations do not jeopardize the safety and security of the current global financial marketplace.”

Figures in traditional finance have often proven wary of cryptocurrency and the technology behind it, blockchain. As Cointelegraph reported mid-November, an Executive of the European Central Bank (ECB) defined Bitcoin the “evil spawn of the [2008] financial crisis.”

This month Andreas Utermann, the CEO of major investment management firm Allianz, declared that crypto assets should be “outlawed” during a panel in London. On the same panel, Andrew Bailey, the head of United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) argued that crypto assets lack “intrinsic value.”

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Том Рат, популярный писатель и ученый, основываясь на последних прикладных исследованиях в области медицины, психологии и экономики, показывает, какие небольшие изменения мы можем внести в свою жизнь, чтобы проживать каждый день на 100%. Forbes публикует две главы о том, как всего три секунды могут сделать жизнь наполненной, и почему между взяткой и нелюбимой работой нет разницы.

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В 1990-е годы, будучи молодым интерном, доктор Николас Христакис брал свой кожаный чемоданчик и отправлялся по вызовам к умирающим жителям южных кварталов Чикаго. Посещая рабочих-афроамериканцев и ученых из местного университета, Христакис приобрел уникальный опыт наблюдения за тем, как умирание и смерть близкого человека действуют на членов его семьи. В дальнейшем он исследовал эффект вдовства — феномен смерти от горя людей, чьи супруги скончались. 

Точка зрения Николаса на предмет изучения изменилась навсегда в тот день, когда ему неожиданно позвонили на мобильный. Врач только что посетил умиравшую от деменции старушку, за которой преданно ухаживала дочь. Выходя из их дома, он ответил на звонок и услышал незнакомый голос.

Звонил лучший друг мужа дочери старушки. Женщина выбилась из сил, пытаясь облегчить матери последние дни, и ее состояние отразилось на здоровье ее мужа. Звонивший был озабочен болезнью своего друга. В тот момент Христакис понял: эффект вдовства отражается не на одном человеке, а на целой сети взаимодействующих людей.

Он занялся исследованием сетей взаимодействия: оказалось, что те влияют буквально на все — от вероятности приобретения лишнего веса и пристрастия к курению до дружелюбности и принятия решения в пользу одного из кандидатов на выборах. Со временем, тщательно изучая сложные взаимосвязи людей и их поведение, Христакис и его коллеги доказали: на нас влияют не только друзья, но и друзья друзей, и друзья друзей друзей — люди, которых мы никогда не видели.

Каждый эпизод общения дополнительно развивает эту сеть. «Теряя вес, или выражая радость, или проявляя доброту… мы воздействуем на свое окружение, а оно, в свою очередь, на свое. По нашим оценкам, ваши действия способны повлиять на десять, сто и порой больше человек», — утверждает Николас Христакис, ныне профессор и один из директоров Йельского института сетевых исследований.

Жизнь состоит из миллионов отдельных взаимодействий. Эти моменты, обычно предполагающие общение с другим человеком, придают вашему дню положительный или отрицательный заряд. Ваши действия за каждый новый день накапливаются, формируя года, десятилетия и жизнь как таковую. Но, рассматривая каждый день по отдельности, их легко проигнорировать.

Имеют значение даже случаи краткого взаимодействия, например обмен улыбками со случайным прохожим на улице. Если мы разделим жизнь на трехсекундные отрезки, их наберется 1200 в час, 19 200 в день и примерно 500 миллионов за всю жизнь. Как показывают исследования на эту тему, частота наших взаимодействий с людьми за конкретный день намного важнее, чем их интенсивность.

Например, человек, с которым за один день случилась дюжина относительно позитивных событий, будет чувствовать себя лучше, чем тот, с кем случилось одно потрясающее. Даже в масштабах одного дня большое значение имеют мелочи. Исследования моих коллег подтверждают: люди, отлично пообщавшиеся в течение дня с окружающими, почти вчетверо чаще высоко оценивали свое самоощущение.

Конечно, в жизни существует много важных факторов, которые мы не сможем изменить, как бы ни пытались. Однако ваше следующее взаимодействие с другим человеком находится полностью под вашим контролем. Неважно, хорошее у вас настроение или плохое, вы можете сознательно постараться добавить в ваш ближайший разговор больше позитива и тем самым улучшить последующие взаимодействия. Вы также положительно зарядите своего визави и подпитаете энергией все свое окружение.

Призвание выше денег

Работа только ради денег ничем не лучше получения взятки. И там, и там кто-то платит вам за то, чтобы вы делали ради него то, что хочет он. Ситуация не из приятных. Да, считать деньги центральным элементом взаимоотношений между физическим и юридическим лицом очень просто. Но так оба участника сделки потерпят поражение.

Многочисленные исследования показали, что нематериальное поощрение — признание, внимание, уважение и повышение ответственности — может быть эффективнее материального. Люди, увязывающие свою самооценку с доходом, редко находят удовлетворение в работе: у кого-нибудь другого всегда окажется дом побольше и машина получше. В этой гонке невозможно выиграть. Деньги и власть можно использовать ради великих целей, но порой они просто ловушка.

Я лично всегда стараюсь не придавать материальной выгоде слишком большого значения. Каждый месяц мне приходится выбирать из широкого спектра возможностей общения с разными людьми и работы над разными проектами. Если бы я делал свой выбор только на основе экономической выгоды, это было бы несложно. Но хоть деньги и имеют значение, они не должны стать для меня основным критерием приложения сил и времени. Я не даю законам капитализма распределять мое время и начинаю с вопроса: а в каком случае мое время лучше всего послужит другим?

Я обнаружил, что, задавая себе этот вопрос до того, как задуматься о финансовых аспектах предложений, я чаще принимаю более верное решение. Если вы спросите меня, чем в своей карьере я особенно горжусь, мне прежде всего вспомнится проект StrengthsQuest, над которым я работал в 2001 году. Мы с небольшой командой из Gallup написали книгу и разработали онлайн-программу, помогавшую абитуриентам выстроить обучение в вузе вокруг своих природных талантов.

За почти два десятка лет, прошедших с тех пор, эту программу прошли два миллиона студентов: теперь им стало проще найти карьерный путь, опираясь на свои сильные стороны. Подобные проекты имеют особый вес на моей условной шкале осмысленности — ведь они поддерживают студентов на важнейшем этапе жизни. И хотя я выступал там как руководитель ИТ-проектов и, казалось бы, влиял на жизнь студентов лишь косвенно, та наполненность смыслом, которую давал мне этот проект, продолжает влиять на мой жизненный выбор даже сегодня.

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A Intrapreneur from financial services giant Barclays has expressed the idea that blockchains should be built with regulatory compliance in mind, tech news website The Next Web (TNW) reported Dec. 14.

Speaking at a Hard Fork Decentralized event, Barclays’ Julian Wilson stated that when building blockchains, developers need to “reconfigure our approach and way of thinking.” Wilson argued that not all business models require blockchains and that the tech should not be used, as TNW paraphrased his words, “as bolt-ons or additions to current business models.”

TNW also reports that Wilson presented an integrated concept of regulation and development, arguing that “to make a blockchain legally compliant, it should be built with the law in mind, and not the other way around.”

Speaking about using blockchain at Barclays, he noted that for a bank with over 300 years of activity, changing its business model to a blockchain-based one would not be simple, and that a blockchain solution would need to be “bespoke.”

As Cointelegraph reported in August, Barclays sponsored a blockchain hackathon to explore the technology’s potential in the processing of derivatives contracts.

While this summer Barclays denied plans to open a cryptocurrency trading desk, the banking giant demonstrated interest in crypto and blockchain tech recently, filing two digital currency and blockchain patents with the United States patent office in July.

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