2014/06/01: The vision of a free-floating digital cryptocurrency economy, divorced from the politics of colossal banks and aggressive governments, is under threat. Take, for example, the purists at Dark Wallet, accusing the Bitcoin Foundation of selling out to the regulators and the likes of the Winklevoss Twins.
Bitcoin sometimes appears akin to an illegal immigrant, trying to decide whether to seek out a rebellious existence in the black-market economy, or whether to don the slick clothes of the Silicon Valley establishment. The latter position – involving publicly accepting regulation and tax whilst privately lobbying against it – is obviously more acceptable and familiar to authorities.
The hype around blockchain is massive. To hear the blockchain hype train tell it, blockchain will now: What the heck is a blockchain, anyway? And can it really do all these things? Can blockchain
An article at CoinDesk this week provides an excellent example of such a case, describing how collaborative development and agreement on data and other standards will be essential before the securities industry buys into the concept of using blockchains to support trading. As noted in the article:
An inherent property of asymmetric cryptography is that it supports billions, trillions, quindecillion, accounts by johan-nygren
Bitcoin's underlying technology, the blockchain, is widely expected to find applications far beyond digital pa...
It's easy to believe cryptocurrencies have no value. It's also becoming fashionable to believe they will disrupt everything. Neither extreme is true.
Boosters of blockchain technology compare its early days to the early days of the Internet. But whereas the Internet quickly gave rise to email, the World Wide Web, and millions of commercial ventures, blockchain's only application - cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin - does not even fulfill its stated purpose.
Trends include delivery drones, pay-as-you-go off-grid power, and using blockchain to prevent land disputes.
L'autore di questo post è Carlo Piana, avvocato milanese, fondatore di Array; si occupa di diritto dell'Information Technology, in particolare di software libero e open source. L'autore ringr
In an exclusive interview with WIRED, Yanis Varoufakis discusses Bitcoin's bubble, the fantasy of apolitical money and the opportunities for the blockchain to reform Europe
2017-11-20: Skedaddle is not going to eliminate Yelp or Facebook or tipping. It's not going to be "the first cryptocurrency for real world use." But at some level they're not wrong! One day 20 years from now we'll wake up and all of our interactions and performance will be tracked on the blockchain and will directly determine our income and socioeconomic status, and on the one hand we'll get pretty good customer service, but on the other hand we'll be terrified all the time. It is the logical endpoint of the "gig economy."
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There's a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world - Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, "Silicon Glen," "Silicon Alley," "Silicon Roundabout", Station F - it seems every city still wants t
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Since 'political economy' became a subject in the 18th century, the predominant political dichotomy has been framed as labour versus capital. Marx talked about 'control of the means of production' as the essential political power that the workers needed to wrest from the capitalists. A great deal of activism and political theory continues in that vein: Gar Alpowitz work What then must we do? is all about rebuilding worker-owned coops and similar institutions. We have 150 years of history testifying to their effectiveness.
The role of platforms will become less important.
Blockchain-based voting machines could be more secure and transparent than current systems.
Editor's Preamble! Back in 1997 I gave a paper on crowdfunding - I believe the first ever proper paper, although there was one "lost talk" earlier by Eric Hughes - at Financial Cryptography 1997. Now, this conference was the first polymath event in the space, and probably the only one in the space, but that story is another day. Because this was a polymath event, law professor who's name escapes Michael Froomkin stood up and asked why I hadn't analysed the crowdfunding system from the point of view of transaction economics.
One of the results of the BitCoin mania of the past two years is, is that so-called blockchains are being recognised as practical solutions for certain problem spaces, such as the degree to which