TED: Don Tapscott on The Blockchain
It is the first Sunday of the month and it’s a great time to talk a little about the technology that’s already revolutionizing our lives — The Blockchain
We all heard at one point about The Bitcoin, the new money that hackers use. It’s being adopted by more and more people, and the hacker thing is something that is going to be left behind.
Bitcoin is just the first cryptocurrency. Now they are many more. And you can trade it. Some people got really rich on it. Although, the general trend is that all of them will go up as the market will fluctuate. Some people will lose their life’s savings and some will get even richer.
But what’s more important than the Cryptocurrency and the trading and the money around it (billions of dollars in 2017) it’s the technology that stands behind it:
The BLock Chain (and the trust protocol)
First of all the Blockchain is a part of the Disruptive age we live in and couldn’t have developed without the current technology: smartphones and internet. The same as Uber, AirBnB, Napster to Spotify, Netflix and the list goes on. It changed the game (I hope forever) and it came as a shortage of services that the (old) traditional system provides.
It will soon disrupt more the traditional education (how many people learn by themselves the careers they develop?) and medicine (especially VR-Virtual Reality, when a doctor in China could perform an operation anywhere in the world). And the exchange of value (money) is part of the process.
Banks are scared of it and they are currently looking into it. All the major banks currently have a Crypto division that is expanding. The thing with crypto is that it cuts out the middleman (usually the bank) in most of the transactions (and that’s where the banks makes some of their money).
You will still need a proof of transaction (could it be the proof of work?) for legal issues (such as proving you paid child support for example). This can be regulated by government but I think that’s why the Blockchain came to exist in the first place — not to have a central authority but only the users.
Could this be the highlight of Democracy?
And a little personal thoughts about the technical stuff (I am a Bitcoin Certified Professional)
No one really knows what it calculates. The Bitcoin is the reward for some heavy mathematical calculations that only (strong, power consuming) computers can resolve. Remember PI, the movie? I like to make scenarios around it and truth is, everything is possible :)
I like to describe the technology as a mixture of Kazaa, Napster, odc, torrents trackers, bank systems and SETi — could we use this technology to have all the computer power in the world to process data? Yes we do. Ethereum — the world’s computer is the next big thing and after you get familiarized with this technology, do some research on that as well.
Enjoy the talk, as the speaker manages to cover all the important aspects of this new industry. And a bonus: family — like father like son, Alex Tapscott presentation, says the same things — they believe in it.