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Economics Tech

Cryptocurrencies Explained: How do they work?

In my last post in this “Cryptocurrencies Explained” series, we analyzed traditional currencies and banking systems and their drawbacks. In doing so, we found that the traditional systems are highly centralized and in turn limited in terms of security, equity and efficiency because they rely on trusted centralized authorities and middle-men. Yet as I explained […]

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Economics Tech

Cryptocurrencies Explained: Why do they exist?

Partly due to Bitcoin’s astronomical price increase from $9.35 per coin in July 2012 to $13,860.14 per coin in December 2017, blockchain based cryptocurrencies have become popular buzzwords in the last decade or so. But aside from their reputation as a get-rich-quick scheme, few people understand any of their technicalities despite the many potential applications […]

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COVID-19 Tech

Technological Innovation in the Age of COVID-19

In my last post entitled “Reemerging from the COVID-19 Recession,” I explained that restoring normalcy in the long run relies on rallying technological innovation, and highlighted some of the regulatory frameworks that will enable it. Realizing the importance of innovation, scientists, developers, engineers and policy makers across the world have put their heads together to come up […]

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Tech

How to build a Chatbot using Google’s Dialogflow

Nowadays, users have so many apps on their phones that they’re either hesitant to download and install new apps in the first place, or they hardly ever use them after a short interaction shortly after installation. However, from designing user interfaces to building and maintaing a robust backend as well as a frontend for multiple […]

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Tech

But, what is Machine Learning?

The graph above, obtained from Google Trends, shows the popularity of the term ‘Machine Learning’ on the internet in the last 5 years. According to the graph, the term Machine Learning has become extremely popular in the last few years and if you have followed any of the happenings in the tech world you would […]

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Tech

Computers Can See Too

One of the most influential technologies that has changed the course of history in the last century has been camera technology: it was the start of our machines beginning to see. Photography has allowed us to capture the best and worst moments in history, which has allowed for awareness, reflection and action. The power and […]

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Projects Tech

SmartTrash: Solving Sri Lanka’s Waste Management Problem through Technological Innovation

After the Meethotamulla Garbage dump collapse that happened last year, waste management has become one of the most talked about problems in Sri Lanka. Whilst politicians and governmental authorities tried their luck at solving the problem, I chose to use technology to do the very same. Initially I wanted to build a smart bin and […]