Blockchain as a Design Thinking 2.0 Tool

I recently participated in an IDG-sponsored roundtable discussion on blockchain with representatives from the technology, consulting and academic worlds. All panelists agreed that we will see widespread adoption of blockchain technologies in business and beyond – but likely in ways we haven’t yet thought about. One common observation was that the business relevance of blockchain […]

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Blockchain Beyond Banking: The Sky’s the Limit

As blockchain revolutionizes traditional financial services, distributed ledger technology is creating new opportunities in other arenas as well. Today, just about everyone knows about Uber, and many people use it. Now comes Abra, billing itself as the Uber of digital cash. Abra is a blockchain-based digital wallet that enables people to store digital cash on their […]

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Blocking the Chain of Online Pirates

If you have been keeping up with the latest news and drama around Torrents, you know that a major torrent site has been taken down and the owner, arrested. While this was happening, other similar sites resurfaced, making it easy to conclude that this global battle between law enforcement agencies and online pirates is far from over.

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The Byzantine Generals: Key to a Blockchain Future?

A castle under siege defeats the besiegers? It sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones. But it’s not. It’s a retelling of what’s commonly referred to as the Byzantine Generals’ problem. In its essence, the problem is one of unprovability. The four attacking captains can only communicate through a messenger. The messenger could be […]

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Blockchain: Get Ready, Get Started

Bitcoin, Peercoin, Ripple, Dash. These and other names suggest a certain whimsy among the hundreds of companies in the cryptocurrency marketplace. But there’s nothing lighthearted about the growing competitive challenge these companies pose to the financial services industry. Underpinning all these upstarts is blockchain, the digital ledger technology that continues to build momentum through the […]

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Predictions (and Some Provocations) for 2016

It feels weird wishing people Happy New Year halfway through January. But let me weigh in anyway with nine predictions for the 50 remaining weeks of 2016. The winning Powerball numbers to the largest jackpot in history will be … Wait … It really is too late for that one.  I was totally going to pick those numbers, too. […]

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