About IFF

The Institute For the Future (IFF) was founded to explore the hypothesis that exponential technologies will cause rapidly accelerating societal change. Technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence are highly disruptive, even individually. However, as they reach commercial maturity and start becoming synergistic, they are expected to have compounding effects on the economy, social structures, legal systems, income distribution, governance, education, and warfare – and raise fundamental questions on how future society is organised.

SHAPING the FUTURE

The mission of the Institute For the Future is to educate leaders, develop knowledge and build communities to help society prepare for a future shaped by transformative technologies.

UNIC IS THE 1st UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD

TO ACCEPT BITCOIN FOR TUITION PAYMENTS

to offer
crypto and
web3 education

to publish academic diplomas on the blockchain

to publish blockchain-verifiable academic certificates as NFTs

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) has an almost decade-long track record as the leading university in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain, launching the world’s first degree program in cryptocurrency in 2014. The IFF, an integral institute of UNIC, has been pivotal in extending UNIC’s mission, educating over 145,000 students through an array of academic and professional training courses in blockchain & crypto assets, metaverse and forecasting.

Together, UNIC and IFF guide innovation, serving as the academic lead for the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum (a European Commission initiative to accelerate the development of blockchain within the EU) and also was selected to serve on the Technology Advisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).

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Overview

The IFF was founded to explore the hypothesis that exponential technologies will cause rapidly accelerating societal change. Technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence are highly disruptive, even individually. However, as they reach commercial maturity and start becoming synergistic, they are expected to have compounding effects on the economy, social structures, legal systems, income distribution, governance, education, and warfare – and raise fundamental questions on how future society is organised.

Blockchain & Crypto Assets

Our research initiatives examine the evolution and impact of decentralized technologies in a rapidly advancing digital economy.

  • Blockchain-based Certifications
  • Digital Asset Regulation & Policy
  • Blockchain Skills Development
  • Blockchain Adoption
  • Decentralized Social Media
  • Decentralized Energy Networks
  • Industrial Applications of Blockchains
  • Decentralized Science
  • Benchmarking Blockchain Protocols
  • Unifying LLMs & Knowledge Graphs for GenAI
  • Evolution of LLM Agents
  • Valuation of Non-Fungible Tokens

Forecasting

The Makridakis Open Forecasting Center (MOFC) conducts cutting-edge forecasting research, provides business support and training with emphasis on: Achieving accurate predictions, estimating the levels of uncertainty, avoiding costly mistakes and applying best forecasting practices to businesses.

  • M Competitions
  • M Conferences
  • M Publications

METAVERSE

The UNIC Open Metaverse Initiative is focused on the academic, research and policy issues relating to the metaverse.

  • Economic & Social Implications of the Metaverse
  • Metaverse Skills Development

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