This is the opening statement of an article published by Blockworks. What the SEC chairman thinks about cryptos doesn’t make crypto enthusiasts happy — as well as all the US people that want to work with and benefit from fintech innovation. The new lawsuit against Binance could threaten, once again, the position of the US within the global fintech space, while many countries work to improve the role of fintech in their economics, on de-dollarization and look for more ties with China. The US tries to be more fintech-friendly with its FedNow, but will it be enough? In the meantime, even the CEO of OpenAI warns about possible human extinction because of AI.
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Millions of US people hold cryptocurrencies. But the SES decided to sue Binance and to investigate 61 cryptocurrencies considered as unregistered securities, making the whole crypto market fall. When the market falls, so do the investments of people and entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem for the SEC. As reported by Blockworks, Gary Gensler’s SEC is becoming a way for the US to leave future global financial leadership to other countries.
UK Labour Party’s Lucy Powell said that artificial intelligence (AI) should be regulated as pharmaceutical and nuclear industries. Concerns related to the risks that AI poses for human beings arise, and the sentiment becomes constantly more negative. Matt Clifford even assessed that in two years AI could become so powerful that humans won’t be able to control it.
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The UK wants to regulate cryptocurrencies because they’re here to stay. Prime Minister Sunak wants to bring cryptos into the regulatory framework already existing for other financial services, the Crypto and Digital Assets All Parliamentary Group (APPG) published a report that asks for immediate regulation, and UK lawmakers call for the introduction of a dedicated governmental role to manage the process.
The SEC sued Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange, and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, for allegedly selling unregistered securities to US people, through an unregistered securities exchange, by attracting investors with misleading information.
JPMorgan Chase launched a pilot program to settle transactions with six Indian banks by using Onyx, the blockchain created by the company. The project will be tested for a few months, also to understand the experience of banks.
Tether, the company behind USDT, is starting a new Bitcoin mining project in Uruguay — especially because of the large production of energy thanks to renewable resources in the country. In the meantime, Brazilian president Lula proposed to abandon US dollar in bilateral settlements, and also Argentina continues with de-dollarization efforts – also by expanding a credit line with China.
The Fed launches a new initiative, FedNow, that will allow instant payments. The initiative is aimed at favoring small businesses, banks and consumers.
In the meantime, CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) are still one of the most discussed topics. At Consensus 2023, participants talked about the way governments want to build them — and privacy concerns arise, since they think that governments can’t be trusted in this case.
Another letter from tech personalities. Among the tech experts that signed this new statement, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI (the company that created ChatGPT), warned about the risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI) to the survival of humanity.
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