In The Future of Blockchain-based Elections we look at Sierra Leone’s recent election, VW’s battery shock, a mind-uploading service, making music with machine learning, and Nikolas Badminton on surveillance technology in China.Sierra Leone just ran the first blockchain-based electionThe citizens of Sierra Leone went to the polls on March 7 but this time something was different: the country recorded votes at 70% of the polling to the\u00a0blockchain\u00a0\u00a0using a technology that is the first of its kind in actual practice.The tech, created by Leonardo Gammar of\u00a0Agora, anonymously stored votes in an immutable ledger, thereby offering instant access to the election results.\u201cAnonymized votes\/ballots are being recorded on Agora\u2019s blockchain, which will be publicly available for any interested party to review, count and validate,\u201d said Gammar. \u201cThis is the first time a government election is using blockchain technology.\u201dRead more at TechCrunchVW Just Gave Tesla a $25 Billion Battery ShockVolkswagen AG\u00a0secured 20 billion euros ($25 billion) in battery supplies to underpin an aggressive push into electric cars in the coming years, ramping up pressure on Tesla Inc. as it struggles with\u00a0production issues\u00a0for the mainstream Model 3.The world\u2019s largest carmaker will equip 16 factories to produce electric vehicles by the end of 2022, compared with three currently, Volkswagen said Tuesday in Berlin.\u00a0The German manufacturer\u2019s plans to build as many as 3 million of the cars a year by 2025 is backstopped by deals with suppliers including\u00a0Samsung SDI Co.,\u00a0LG Chem Ltd.\u00a0and\u00a0Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.\u00a0for batteries in Europe and China.Read more at BloombergA startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is \u201c100 percent fatal\u201dNext week, at YC\u2019s \u201cdemo days,\u201d Nectome\u2019s cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalming process. Then the MIT graduate will make his business pitch. As it says on his website: \u201cWhat if we told you we could back up your mind?\u201dRead more at MIT Technology ReviewMaking music using new sounds generated with machine learningHere we see Doug from the Google Brain Team talk about Magenta. One project, NSynth Super, is an open source experimental instrument that gives musicians the ability to explore completely new sounds generated by the NSynth machine learning algorithmDrex talks to Nikolas Badminton – Black Tech in China – How does it work?See more of Nikolas’ thinking on the modern work at 2018, the Year of Radical Creativity.