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The Innovators: Sam Armes

Joe Hamilton



In the bustling landscape of Tampa Bay innovation, a new face has emerged to redefine the nexus of technology and politics. 

Meet Sam Armes, a recent transplant who has been leading innovative thinking in the state capital for years. 

Armes’ journey to Tampa Bay was not merely a relocation; it was a conscious choice driven by a desire for youthful energy and a deep affinity for grass roots entrepreneurship. While Miami’s glitz and glamour may attract many, he found solace in the authenticity of Tampa Bay, where substance reigns supreme over style.

“It’s less about what you’re wearing and more about what you’re doing,” Armes reflects, encapsulating the ethos of Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial spirit.

As the Founder of the Florida Blockchain Business Association, an organization that inhabits the crossroads of web3, AI and politics, Sam Armes’ passion lies in bridging the divide between technological advancement and political discourse. In his view, technology is indispensable to our future, but its potential remains untapped without proper representation in policy and legislation.

“At the end of the day, if technology isn’t reflected in our laws and policies, it’s the people who suffer,” Armes asserts, highlighting the critical role of advocacy in shaping the future of AI and other emerging technologies.

In his day-to-day work, Armes champions the voices of tech companies in Florida, ensuring their needs are heard and understood by lawmakers. His efforts culminated in the drafting of the first anti-CBDC bill, a groundbreaking initiative that gained national attention and elevated the discourse surrounding government-controlled cryptocurrencies.

In the realm of artificial intelligence, Sam Armes sees both promise and peril. While AI holds the potential to revolutionize industries and enhance human capabilities, it also raises profound ethical and societal questions. As an advocate for responsible AI development, Armes emphasizes the importance of fostering a dialogue that addresses these complexities. By promoting transparency and accountability, he hopes to quell the irrational fears that diminish innovation, while responsibily empowering individuals and communities to thrive in an ever-changing world.

But Armes’ ambitions extend beyond legislative advocacy. He recently teamed up with renowned entrepreneur Gary Cardone; the pair envision transforming Tampa Bay into an independent media hub, fostering freedom in various realms, including finance, education and politics. Central to their mission is demystifying emerging technologies, combating misinformation and empowering leaders to make informed decisions. The duo are already active in local politics, holding fundraisers for candidates who support business-friendly technology policies.

Embracing the power of digital media, Armes has leveraged platforms like YouTube, X and TikTok to amplify his message and engage with a growing audience. With over a thousand subscribers and counting, his channel ranks among the top 10%, a testament to the resonance of his message and the hunger for informed discourse.

For Armes, innovation transcends technological advancement; it’s about propelling humanity forward in ways that promote collective flourishing. 

As Tampa Bay continues to cement its position as a hotbed of innovation, Sam Armes exemplifies the spirit of The Innovators, reshaping the future one idea at a time.


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