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Step-Function Education | a Model for Learning in the 21st Century

In this special release of Hidden Forces, Demetri updates listeners on two major developments. The first deals with the Hidden Forces Media Platform, scheduled for release at the end of this month or in early April 2018. This platform will offer multi-tiered subscriptions with access to interactive transcripts, show rundowns, and full-video service. The second piece of news deals with Demetri's involvement in Hashgraph and the company's big upcoming announcement on Tuesday, March 13th, at a...


Borrowing with Bitcoin | Banking for the 21st Century with Alex Mashinsky

In Episode 35 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Alex Mashinsky. Alex is the founder, and CEO of Celsius, a next generation lending wallet that aims to be the ‘Killer App’ of the bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution. Celsius attempts to overcome the limitations of a traditional banking system by leveraging technology and rethinking lending for the 21st century. A serial entrepreneur, Mashinsky is the founder of seven New York City-based startups with over three billion...


How to Invest in Cryptocurrency | a Financial Perspective on Bitcoin with Brian Kelly

In Episode 34 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Brian Kelly, CEO of BKCM LLC, a digital asset investment firm. He is an experienced Global Macro investor with over twenty-five years’ experience in financial markets and a CNBC contributor who appears regularly on Fast Money. Our most recent episodes with Chris Burniske on modeling cryptoassets and with Ari Paul on cryptocurrency trading methodologies introduced two foundational frameworks to our audience. This week's episode...


Katastroika and the End of Glasnost | High Finance, Corruption and Murder in Russia with Bill Browder

In Episode 33 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bill Browder. Bill is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was deported from the country and his $4.5bn in assets liquidated. Since 2009, when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Bill Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic...


How Do You Profit from Cryptocurrencies? | Risks and Opportunities w/Crypto Fund Manager Ari Paul

In Episode 32 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ari Paul, co-founder, and CIO of BlockTower Capital, a hedge fund focused exclusively on the cryptocurrency space. How are crypto fund managers managing risk? What are the existential risk factors to such a new and fledgling market? What sorts of benchmarks are crypto funds using in order to measure performance? Is the benchmark bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, or the broader equity markets? How does a cryptocurrency investor seek...


How Technology is Advancing Networking & Accountability in Commercial Real Estate | Vice Chairman & Co-Head of Alternative Investments Practice for CBRE

In this Market Forces segment of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ben Friedland, Vice Chairman and Co-Head of CBRE’s Alternative Investments Practice (AIP), an industry-specific practice group focused on advising private equity firms, hedge funds, and other Alternative Investment companies on their real estate strategies throughout New York City and around the world. Throughout his 18+ years with CBRE, Ben has distinguished himself by developing exclusive relationships with...


How Do You Value a Cryptocurrency? | Chris Burniske on Cryptoeconomics and How to Build a Financial Model for Valuing Cryptoassets

How do you value a cryptocurrency? What are cryptoassets? Can economic and financial models help us build a framework for appraising them? In Episode 31 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Chris Burniske. Chris is a co-founder of Placeholder, a New York venture firm that specializes in cryptoassets. Before Placeholder, Chris Burniske pioneered ARK Invest's Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the company to become the first public fund manager to invest in...


Can We Learn How to Predict the Future? Mapmaking in the 21st Century | Tim O'Reilly

In Episode 30 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas asks the question, "how can we learn how to predict the future?" According to his guest, Tim O'Reilly, learning how to predict the future starts with building better maps. Tim O'Reilly has played a seminal role in creating the framework through which an entire generation has come to know and understand the modern Internet. If you have ever used terms like “open source” or “web 2.0,” you are relying on the language cultivated by Tim O'Reilly,...


How Do Governments Tax Bitcoin? | A Crypto Tax Accountant on Filing Requirements and Loopholes

In this Crypto Forces segment of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Mark DiMichael, a Forensic Accountant with Citrin Cooperman, who specializes in the tax implications for cryptocurrencies. What are the filing requirements for anyone who has profited from, transacted in, or mined a cryptocurrency in the last 9 years? What is a 1031 like-kind exchange, and do cryptocurrencies qualify for this tax exemption? Does each bitcoin transaction qualify as a taxable event? Do governments...


What’s Behind the Protests in Iran? | Hooman Majd on the Forces Driving Change Across the Greater Middle East

In Episode 29 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Iranian-American writer and political commentator, Hooman Majd about the 2017 protests in Iran. How do we interpret the Iranian protests within the wider political, social, cultural, and financial dimensions of the greater Middle East? Hooman Majd is an NBC News contributor, who has written for publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, GQ, Time, The Washington...


Industrial Society and Its Future | Machine Intelligence, Encryption, and the Will to Power

In Episode 28 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas lays out his vision for a possible future driven by the emergent forces we have been covering on the show. He reads passages from Ted Kaczynski’s “Industrial Society and its Future,” as well as from Bill Joy’s “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.” He plays clips from interviews with Barack Obama, Tim Cook, and Jamie Dimon, as he considers how power, privacy, and control, all factor into this emerging technological landscape. What is the...


Distributed Ledger Technology and the Promise of Consensus | Power, Money and Governance in the 21st Century

In this Christmas Day release of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas addresses questions related to a documentary released by Mike Maloney about hashgraph and the promise of distributed ledger technology. Demetri was featured prominently in Part 2 of the documentary, which included reference to the Hashgraph Founders panel put together by Hidden Forces in early-to-mid October of 2017. How can a patented consensus algorithm replace an open-source blockchain protocol? How do the problems of...


What Will Be the Economic Impact of Tax Cuts and Deregulation on the US Economy? |Economist Gary Shilling on Decades of Deflation

In Episode 27 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Gary Shilling, who famously called the bottom in what has become a 36-year bull market in US Treasuries. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent “The Age of Deleveraging,” a strategic manifesto for managing wealth during an epoch of deflation. In their conversation, Demetri Kofinas and Gary Shilling take stock of the tax cuts being proposed and the deregulatory changes being enacted by the...


Climate Science, Climate Models, and Climate Change. What Is Driving The Earth's Warming? | NASA's Gavin Schmidt

Weather is the prototypical complex system. Edward Lorenz, one of the pioneers of chaos theory, was a meteorologist. So why is climate change so controversial? In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with NASA's Chief Climate Scientist and Head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt. The two cut through the controversy surrounding climate change and dive right into the heart of climate science. They parse through the data, explore the climate...


How Do We Protect Our Data in a World of Cyber Attacks and Mass Surveillance? | Conversations with Bruce Schneier & Leemon Baird

In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas shares part of his recent conversation with Bruce Schneier, a renowned American cryptographer, computer security professional, and privacy specialist, on the subject of cybersecurity and the NSA. Also included is part of a new interview with Leemon Baird, the inventor of Hashgraph, on bitcoin and the future of privacy and freedom in a world of distributed consensus. Demetri starts the show with a segment on Carpenter v. United States,...


What Are The Global Macro Forces Driving The 21st Century? | Lacy Hunt On Financialization, Debt Deflation, & Structural Demographics

In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with former Chief US Economist for HSBC, Lacy Hunt, about the macro forces driving the global economy in the 21st century. What effect might debt deflation, structural demographics, historically low savings rates, rising inequality, falling productivity, and financialization have on our future? How will we navigate the next recession, having wasted the last 8 years chasing the shadows of wealth through buy-backs, stock...


Trends in Media, Bitcoin Billionaires, and the Future of Hidden Forces

In this special edition of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas spends the first two-thirds of the show breaking down the latest trends in media, society, and culture. He focuses his discussion on the failing mainstream media landscape, its social media echo chamber, and where Hidden Forces intends to go next. Demetri brings on producer David Loewenthal of Acelowgold for the final 15 minutes of the program for a breakdown on the latest price action in Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency...


Where Does Authority Reside In A Networked, Artificially Intelligent World? | A Conversation with David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick joins Demetri Kofinas for a conversation on the evolving landscape of our technological society. How do we protect our privacy and freedom in a networked world controlled by a handful of tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon? How will advances in augmented reality, virtual reality, and brain-machine interfaces change our notions of humanity? How do we prepare for a future where most of today's jobs will be done by machines? Are there limits to what technology can...


Constitutional Law In The 21st Century – Privacy, Personhood, and Freedom | A Conversation with Jeffrey Rosen

In Episode 24 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jeffrey Rosen, the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator. Their conversation examines the landscape of constitutional law in the 21st century. How do we interpret a more than 200-year-old document in an age of empire, terror, and technological futurism? How do theories of mind apply to the laws of personhood? How will our criminal justice system evolve along with our notions of agency and free-will? How...


What Is The Neural Basis of Consciousness? | A Conversation With Heather Berlin

In Episode 23 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Dr. Heather Berlin about the neural basis of consciousness. The two consider a theory of mind based on a materialist perspective on reality. Materialism is a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental aspects and consciousness, are results of material interactions. If this is the case, then where do our thoughts and our feelings, come...


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