Blockchain Revolution

Blockchain Revolution

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

eBook - 2016
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"The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation--powered by blockchain technology--is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better. Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it's the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital currencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certificates to insurance claims and even votes. Why should you care? Maybe you're a music lover who wants artists to make a living off their art. Or a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from. Perhaps you're an immigrant who's sick of paying big fees to send money home to loved ones. Or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. This technology is public, encrypted, and readily available for anyone to use. It's already seeing widespread adoption in a number of areas. For example, forty-two (and counting) of the world's biggest financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Credit Suisse, have formed a consortium to investigate the blockchain for speedier and more secure transactions. As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, the blockchain will create winners and losers. And while opportunities abound, the risks of disruption and dislocation must not be ignored.Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and utterly foundational book about the future of the modern economy."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio / Penguin, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101980156
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Tapscott, Alex

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Jun 22, 2019

I got thru about 20% and gave up. There is a lot of information that the author assumes I am familiar with and/or was explained too briefly to comprehend. It is a rah-rah session for the technology, but I am skeptical that this is the way to encrypt data, money, and information that is extremely secure. Given my ignorance and that the most unexpected sometimes turns out to be what happens, I may be wrong, but I am sure that unless your pre-knowledge of this subject is good, you may find it difficult to read.
I omitted the “star” rating since I did not finish the book.

ArapahoeStaff15 Apr 16, 2018

An accessible introduction to blockchain technology, the breakthrough that paved the way for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Does the blockchain truly have the potential to revolutionize digital finance, as some experts now claim?


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Jun 22, 2019

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