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Jonathan Littman and Pedro Santa Clara

The Future of Talent, in Portugal and Beyond

Meet Pedro Santa Clara, the extraordinary Lisbon fundraiser and visionary behind the ultramodern seaside Nova campus in Carcavelos and the transformative tuition-free coding school 42 in Lisbon’s historical center. Pedro is cooking up other innovative ventures too – infusing Portuguese…

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Agnieszka Pilat and Spot

Humanizing Tech through Art, with Agnieszka Pilat

Agnieszka Pilat came of age during Poland’s communist era, a time when Soviet tanks would roll through the public squares under towering monuments to the past. Statues of military heroes, murals celebrating the workers in the factories and fields, these…

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Miko Matsumura and others at Crypto Underground event

Crypto Degenerates and the Future of NFTs

Last week’s Crypto Underground extravaganza promised to predict the future of Web3: “NFTs: Punks vs Apes or Punks and Apes – Where is it all going?” Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were free and plentiful as the crowd of 200 began…

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Are You Ready for the Metaverse Wars?

To write this story about the metaverse, I first had to tear myself away from reading Ready Player One, which is all about, well, the metaverse. Set in 2045, this prescient 2014 sci-fi novel describes a world in which, having…

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