Source: ARK Disrupt Issue 129: June 18, 2018. By @jwangARK

This week ARK presented at CogX, a premier technology conference in Europe focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology. Sponsored by Softbank, CogX attracted more than 7,000 attendees and a wide range of speakers spanning industry (Nvidia, ARM, Intel), startups (OpenAI, Graphcore,, and the VC community (a16z, Lux, Placeholder).

ARK presented on the future of AI hardware, focusing on the competitive evolution of the graphics processing unit (GPU) as more specialized chips have entered the market. In short, while Google, Intel, and a variety of startups have intensified the competition, Nvidia has evolved its GPU architecture rapidly, staying ahead of those promised by new entrants.

ARK alumnus and advisor, now a Partner at Placeholder, Chris Burniske, also presented at the conference. With speakers from Verisart, Pantera, and Oxcert, Chris hosted a panel on blockchain’s potential for tokenizing non-fungible assets.

You can watch James present on AI hardware here, and Chris host the panel on tokenizing assets here.

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