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Blockchain Revolution review – Satoshi Nakamoto’s world-changing innovation
Jul06

Blockchain Revolution review – Satoshi Nakamoto’s world-changing innovation

Blockchain, the increasingly celebrated peer-to-peer data technology, is the basis of bitcoin and has huge potential – will it be as big as the web? Proposed in 2008 and launched the following year, bitcoin – a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system” – was initially viewed by many as the preserve of geeks and criminals. Yet it has subsequently taken giant strides towards the mainstream. There have been various high-profile attempts to unmask the “real” Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by bitcoin’s inventor(s). And in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, some hailed bitcoin, surging as the pound plummeted, as “digital gold”. It is now recognised that the still-mysterious Nakamoto did more than invent a currency. He also solved a longstanding problem in computing, to do with date and networks. His solution was complex, but it involved the use of an infrastructure comprising “blocks” of confirmed transactions that form a chronologically linked “chain”. As other digital currencies, and other blockchains, have emerged, banks and some governments have begun to pay attention, and investment is rocketing. The World Economic Forum predicts that, within a decade, 10% of global GDP could be stored on blockchains. Read the full article on The Guardian. Photograph: Siegfried Layda/Getty...

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Here’s Europe’s Answer to the Mess That Brexit Left
Jul05

Here’s Europe’s Answer to the Mess That Brexit Left

It’s time for a digital euro. Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott are authors of the book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World. While the UK and the world grapple with the implications of last week’s vote, a technological revolution is quietly unfolding that offers a glimmer of hope, not just to Britain, but also to Europe as a whole. We’re not talking about the social web, cloud computing, or artificial intelligence. We’re talking about the blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. This technology represents nothing less than the second era of the Internet and it holds far-reaching opportunities for Europe. If wielded correctly, it could provide the foundation for a more prosperous Europe. It is also the UK’s best hope at fulfilling the “Leavers” lofty promises of a more global and dynamic Britain. Read the full article on...

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How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Jun29

How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

Steve Wozniak calls it “mind-blowing in its expansiveness and profundity.” Clay Christensen says it’s “Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.” And The Financial Times calls it “a thorough, balanced, and enlightening guide to the next big thing.” The book is Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World (May 2016) by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. And the revolution it touts is one made possible by blockchain, the digital ledger technology behind bitcoin that’s making transactions instant, secure, and resistant to fraud. Don Tapscott (author of Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and more) has teamed up with his son Alex Tapscott (CEO and founder of a VC firm specializing in blockchain companies) to envision the vast potential of a technology we’ve only begun to explore. They sat down with the Center to share their insights. Read the full article by the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial...

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Blockchain Revolution Competition
Jun29

Blockchain Revolution Competition

The Competition Together with Don and Alex Tapscott, authors of The Blockchain Revolution, Ideapod is launching a competition on the exciting new users of blockchain technology. Here’s the question: What blockchain application promises to have a revolutionary and positive impact on both business and society? View the prizes and how to apply on...

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Tapscott on Blockchain: This Is About to Change the World
Jun17

Tapscott on Blockchain: This Is About to Change the World

There is a revolution coming, and according to Don Tapscott, it’s going to dramatically change how the world operates. In his new book ‘Blockchain Revolution,’ Tapscott says blockchain, the underlying technology of bitcoin, represents the second generation of the internet. In an interview with Bloomberg TV Canada, he tells host Amanda Lang how blockchain enables us to send money directly and safely from me to you, without going through a bank, credit card company or government. (Source: Bloomberg) Watch the interview on the Bloomberg...

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Don Tapscott warns businesses the future is blockchain or bust
Jun17

Don Tapscott warns businesses the future is blockchain or bust

A new digital revolution is coming, and businesses need to adapt or risk becoming obsolete, Canadian technology author Don Tapscott told an audience during the 2016 Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit on June 15. Led by innovations such as Bitcoin, blockchains are rapidly transforming the Internet from an information-based platform to one based on value, he said – and this second era is going to affect the business world as profoundly as the first, if not more. Read the full article on IT...

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