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Season 8 | Episode 26

Balancing Environmental Stewardship with Technological Progress

Steve Kinard, President of the AI Innovation Association, discusses Bitcoin mining and the environmental implications that turned him into an advocate with the Texas Blockchain Council. He also emphasizes the inevitability of AI’s disruptive impact across industries, and advocates for prioritizing open source collaboration as the cornerstone of technological innovation.

Show Notes

In this episode of The Brave Technologist Podcast, we discuss:

  • How Texas is positioning itself as a leader in AI innovation, fostering grid innovation and digital property rights
  • Ways that AI is impacting the energy sector; Bitcoin mining and its environmental implications
  • Why first principles on open source technology is critical to the AI Innovation Association and the AI sector in general

Guest List

The amazing cast and crew:

  • Steve Kinard - President of the AI Innovation Association

    Steve Kinard is the President of AI Innovation Association. Previously, he served as the Director of Policy and Director of Bitcoin Mining at the Texas Blockchain Council, an industry association dedicated to making Texas a leader in Bitcoin innovation. He was instrumental in developing innovative programing and workforce development partnerships with universities while growing corporate membership in an emerging industry. He was actively involved in legislative advocacy regarding technology policy, and in opposing onerous regulation and federal government overreach. Prior to that, he was an entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry, and worked in energy banking. Steve holds a BA in International Studies from Texas A&M University, an MBA from George Washington University. He lives in Richardson, Texas.

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Shedding light on the opportunities and challenges of emerging tech. To make it digestible, less scary, and more approachable for all!
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