Bitcoins may finally be good for more than just speculation and making buttons.
AP Photo/Frank Jordans
Decentralized finance makes it easier for virtually anyone to take advantage of financial markets without the need for a bank, but there are new risks as well.
Using blockchain to power Australia’s carbon market could deliver tangible results.
Under the current rules, the federal government takes the most responsibility for buying carbon credits. A blockchain-driven market would be faster, smarter, and much more open.
Syrian refugee families in Gazza village, in the Beqaa valley, Lebanon, January 30 2019.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon know how best to manage their resources, but food aid currently prevents them.
BeefLedger and QUT work with Mount Gambier High School students on food provenance, IoT and data science.
A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region’s beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well.
Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data.
Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
Sashkin / Shutterstock
Satoshi Nakamoto proposed Bitcoin in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
What’s this digital token good for, anyway?
Tokens, the next stage in the development of blockchain technologies, can help expand blockchains’ uses beyond simply exchanging money.
Blockchains and AI could play a key role in the decentralised energy systems of the future.
Financial firms often program computers to contract with other parties in security trades.
Law presumes that commercial contracts are intended to be legally binding, even where computers play a part in the bargain.
A Dogecoin, featuring the likeness of a Shiba Inu dog.
Cryptocurrencies encompass a wide range of technologies, communities and uses. Not all of them are taken seriously.
How a technology born from finance – the blockchain – can help the pharmaceutical industry to carry out clinical trials that protect patients.
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.
Blockchain is an exciting technology, but for it to go mainstream governments must be able to regulate it.
Laws cannot keep pace with technological advances – but that may not be a bad thing.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain.
Houman Haddad/UN World Food Program
Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology’s biggest real benefits could come to the world’s poorest people. Here’s how.
A blockchain’s ability to move assets from one owner to another allows less dependence on intermediaries.
There are many hidden costs and inefficiencies in housing markets. Blockchain is poised to transform that.
It might be too soon to say that smart contracts will do away with lawyers all together.
Consider, for a moment, these two statements from the “Ultimate Guide to Understanding Blockchain Smart Contracts” on a well known Blockchain website: 1) Traditional Contracts “Traditional physical contracts…
Blockchain can’t solve every problem in the finance industry.
For a discipline that is supposedly rational, finance has had its fair share of irrational crazes. For example, the dotcom bubble and the collateralized debt obligation craze that led to the global financial…
A transaction of 88 bales of cotton in Qingdao sometime in early November is been hailed as revolutionary.
Apparently, the world is holding its breath on the unloading of a few bales of cotton, which “could change trade forever”. In Qingdao sometime in early November, 88 bales of cotton will be unloaded and…