Tech Tides Turning - Issue #460 March 21st, 2024

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In this edition of FinTech Weekly, we've selected stories that spotlight the critical need for adaptability in an era where technological advancements rapidly redefine industry standards. They highlight the imperative for companies to not only embrace change but to anticipate it, ensuring they remain relevant and resilient in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Join us in this journey through the latest in fintech, where each development is a step toward a future filled with promise and potential.

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    The Bitcoin Virtual Machine (BVM), a Layer 2 project associated with Bitcoin, is on the brink of launching a groundbreaking platform that enables the creation of artificial intelligence models. Developer punk3700 revealed to CoinDesk that this upcoming feature, named Truly Open AI, will allow for the integration of AI models directly onto the blockchain, facilitating their use in cryptocurrency applications. This innovative approach not only enhances the blockchain's functionality but also marks a significant step forward, as explained by punk3700, in the evolution of on-chain technology, equating its impact to the revolutionary shift seen with the introduction of digital assets like ordinals.


    BNP Paribas and Citi have taken a pioneering step by investing in United Fintech, a digital transformation platform that is gaining attention amidst a widening gap between technology leaders and laggards in the financial sector. United Fintech specializes in acquiring and expanding fintech companies within the capital market domain, aiming to establish a comprehensive hub for banks, hedge funds, and asset managers seeking to expedite their digital evolution. Christian Frahm, the founder and CEO, characterizes United Fintech as a tech enterprise that offers a platform dedicated to facilitating digital transformation, positioning it as a key player in the modernization of financial services.

    The European Parliament's upcoming final vote on the AI Act, slated for implementation this May, marks the introduction of the world's most extensive AI legislation, poised to have a global impact akin to the GDPR. This act lays out a detailed framework aimed at fostering the creation of trustworthy AI and promoting the responsible application of AI technologies. It addresses critical areas such as transparency, bias, privacy, security risks, misinformation, and emphasizes the importance of human oversight in AI development, setting a precedent for future AI governance worldwide.


    FIS, a global fintech leader, has enhanced its SecurLOCK card fraud management tool through a collaboration with Stratyfy, aiming to boost the accuracy of fraud detection and prevention. This upgrade is crucial, as fraud is projected to cost over $40 billion annually by 2027. The partnership promises improved security in card transactions, reducing fraud resolution time and minimizing false positives, thereby ensuring a more secure and efficient payment experience for consumers. Early results indicate a significant enhancement in detecting and thwarting fraudulent activities.


    At the recent Parliamentary AI and Fintech Summit, chaired by Steven George-Hilley of Centropy PR and hosted by Watford's MP Dean Russell, a call to action was made for businesses to collaborate with the government on enhancing AI training within the fintech sector. The event, attended by over 90 professionals from various fields, concluded with solidified plans for the UK’s AI skills development.

    African financial institutions are known for scaling their solutions through a blend of local and international technology, with Appzone emerging as a prominent local fintech software provider offering competitive pricing and adaptability. Originating from Nigeria, Appzone has been instrumental for more than ten years, serving as a pivotal support in banking and payment sectors. The company specializes in creating tailored software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products, benefiting over 18 commercial banks and 450 microfinance institutions across the continent, notably in Ghana and Kenya, by enhancing their payment systems and core banking infrastructure.