The World Bank is starting to introduce blockchain throughout its units. The world’s first securities transaction using blockchain will be performed shortly according to the World Bank. A blockchain instrument termed bond-i (Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument) was developed by Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) blockchain unit specially for the transaction. The transaction will be performed using Ethereum and Microsoft Azure. The World Bank’s main goals are to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. Throughout its 70-year history, the World Bank has always welcomed innovation. It is vesting special hopes in blockchain as it is a technology that makes it possible not only to protect information, but also to make transactions transparent, quick and cheaper as there will be no need to send lots documents back and forth, spend time and money to verify them, etc.
Jeff Bezos takes on medicine. By the end of 2018, Amazon’s staff will have its own clinic in Seattle. It will initially be available only to some employees, but by the beginning of 2019, the company is planning to increase the number of employees served by the clinic. Amazon already has experience with medical projects, as Jeff Bezos acquired PillPack online pharmacy which delivered pre-packaged doses of medications to people who need to take them on a daily basis. Medical care is expensive in the USA, and even remote medical consulting was not a satisfactory option for Jeff Bezos. Therefore, the company decided to start its own clinic. It is too early to say that the project will go beyond Amazon’s offices, but after all, many of the company’s projects were first tested on its employees.
Researchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have developed an easy-to-use method to keep water in liquid form under low temperatures. To achieve that, water surface is covered with a material that does not mix with it thus blocking the interaction between liquid and air and preventing it from freezing. In future, such approach will enable the freezing of organs for transplantation, blood for weeks, and food products for up to 100 days.