AI Insights Newsletter – 25th March 2024

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Letter from the Editor, Mark Monfort: Whilst it was a big week more so in the blockchain space for us at NotCentralised this week, the AI hits keep coming as we made strides with our AI product SIKE. Making it more scalable and enhancing its features. We’re also starting a new feature where we compare how AI’s creativity work versus what has happened in real life when it comes to companies, projects and other human endeavours we know well. Because it is about creativity, we’ll be using SIKE’s DREAMS feature to do all this. It will be interesting to see how they compare and our goal is to highlight the power of AI and encourage you to utilise these tools to your advantage.

It was another big week in the world of AI and if you’re barely keeping up, we’re here to help you recap what is going on.

In the regulation scene, we saw India do a backflip in terms of its AI regulations (see article here from Raymond Sun).

It was great to see these insights from The Build Club on how to build with RAG models (check it out her on LinkedIn).

Choosing between different AI tool features is something users need to do and it’s what is covered in this latest Ethan Mollick article.

NVIDIA Omniverse and Apple Vision Pro coming together is quite interesting (read more here).

The news was so big even local non-tech media tried coverage on it too (read here).

Elon Musk followed through on his promise to open source Grok and you can see more here.

Also this week we got an interesting inside story from Wired on the 8 google employees we can thank for the wave of Generative AI tools we’re using right now. Read more here

Microsoft gets an AI boost with the new hiring for their consumer AI division (read more here).

Despite a week of big news this was probably the craziest piece of news from the week and it came courtesy of Neuralink where they showcased helping a quadraplegic easily control a mouse (to play Chess and other games) during an interview. What this could mean for the future of brain and spine injuries is groundbreaking. We really are living in the future!

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Mark drives innovation with his deep understanding of AI, blockchain, and data technologies. His experience spans over 15 years of contributions to finance, technology, and operational strategy across Australia, Europe, and North America.

In 2021, he transitioned from Head of Data and Technology at a leading Australian accounting firm to startups. Prior to this, he worked in equity and macroeconomic research in the capital markets space.

Mark brings a passion for data and insights to NotCentralised. His understanding of AI and blockchain technology is central to the development of workplace productivity and financial system modernisation products, including SIKE and Layer-C. Mark’s dynamic and solutions-focused methods enable the navigation of complex technological landscapes and new market potentials.

Mark holds an Executive Master’s and a Bachelor of Commerce. He led the creation of the Australian DeFi Association and serves on the advisory board for the Data Science and AI Association of Australia. His commitment to such communities demonstrates his enthusiasm for emerging technologies and vision of positive change through technology adoption.


Nick spearheads product strategy and institutional business development, leveraging a rich background spanning 23 years in capital markets and financial services across the UK, the US, and APAC.

In 2020, Nick transitioned into startups, bringing extensive experience in asset management and corporate advisory from roles including Director, Head of Australian Fixed Income at Abrdn and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Credit at Gresham Partners. His expertise extends to client management across the government and private sectors.

With a First Class degree in Law and Criminology and Chartered Financial Analyst experience since 2002, Nick is known for his energetic and creative approach, quickly appraising business models and identifying market opportunities.

Beyond his role at NotCentralised, Nick actively contributes to multiple startups and SMEs, holding various Board and advisory positions and applying his institutional expertise to early-stage ventures. Nick is fascinated by emerging technologies with significant societal impact and loves to immerse himself in nature.


Arturo leads product development and software engineering, applying over two decades of experience in technology, capital markets, and data science. With his years of programming expertise, Arturo smoothly transitioned into blockchain, AI, and machine learning.

Arturo has built and sold technology startups across Europe, following quant derivatives roles in global investment banks. His prior experience includes data projects for the NHS in the UK, Strategic Technology Advisor at Land Insight, and Senior Advisor to OpenInsight, where he built predictive models for vessel usage in commodity markets.

A mathematics and statistics graduate from Stockholm University, Arturo’s early grounding in logic problems and data manipulation techniques is evident in his practical applications. His work building equity derivative pricing models for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland showcased Arturo’s highly specialised skillset.

Arturo relocated from London to Australia in 2020. Beyond NotCentralised, his passion for technology and industry involvement extends to the Australian DeFi Association, which he co-founded, and regular contributions to the Data Science and AI Association.