Blockchain technology is familiar to us in the form of digital currency bitcoin. And if it makes it way to the mainstream, could it change the way the world does business forever?
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security.
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Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
Bitcoin's central appeal of anonymous, irreversible transactions could become its biggest weakness.
All over the world people who have been harmed by the conventional money systems are devising alternative currencies, challenging the centralised monetary policy approach.
The change in the price of crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, and other crypto-assets are due to investors realising the value.
While the current speculation in crypto-currency and assets should make us pause, this is not a speculative driven bubble like tulips, or gold mining stocks.
Cryptocurrencies are still the only usecase for the blockchain.
The blockchain has been successful when it comes to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but we haven't yet figured out other uses.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden.
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Today’s advertising executives must get familiar with new technology like Bitcoin and blockchain before they are left behind.
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The cryptocurrency is now starting to challenge gold as the investment of choice.
The physicality of gold is both a plus and a minus.
New financial innovations and products are constantly being touted as the safe haven of the future. But physical gold has properties that will cause it to stick around.
Where our money comes from is deeply political and the politics involved is often highly complex.
Watt a good idea.
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Ensuring trust in digital records and transactions is hard; the blockchain is an important solution.
The transaction system underlying the bitcoin network has far broader uses than easing financial transfers – including identifying people and tracking property ownership.
Once trust in blockchain is broken, it will be hard to get back.
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Chaos happens when 'smart' contracts act stupidly.
The blockchain is software that stores and transfers value or data across the internet.
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Multiple use cases for the blockchain are currently being tested, so it's worth learning the basics.