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The Use Cases for Blockchain, Real and Hypothetical

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Blockchain has finally gotten over the Wall Street hump. Now that BitCoin and Ethereum are essentially old news, the actual technology behind these commodities is beginning to trickle into real-world enterprise applications. Blockchain, it seems, has many useful use cases out there in the business world, and with the help of the Linux Foundation and IBM, enterprises can now take advantage of the open source Hyperledger implementation of blockchain technology.

On today’s episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast recorded live at OSCON 2018, Klint Finley, a reporter with Wired and the author of the “Wired Guide to Blockchain,” said that he had a few real and hypothetical use cases the piece he wrote a few months ago. “Blockchain feels like the thing that is the hardest to parse the value out of the hype. With cloud computing, it was clearly an enormously hyped concept, but there were use cases and benefits. With big data it was coming out of actual real use cases at places like Google and Yahoo! With the Internet of Things, that’s probably the least well established of those at this point, but there are still established use cases for that. With blockchain it feels really preliminary,” said Finley.

Tracy Kuhrt, community architect at the Hyperledger Project at The Linux Foundation, pointed out a few of the current use cases for Hyperledger, however. “One of the ones I’ve been talking about recently is what they’re doing in British Columbia. The BC government is working on providing digital identities to all of the businesses that are registered in BC. That’s 5,000 different businesses. From there you can basically verify that somebody has actually registered with the BC government and then proceed through the rest of the things that are required in BC to get a business license,” said Kuhrt.

Christopher Ferris, distinguished engineer and chief technology officer for open technology at IBM, said that “a lot of the experimentation and use cases that were done initially were very proprietary in nature, where people were trying to conceive of blockchain use cases where they could disrupt all of y’all, and win. But that’s not actually how it works at all. With blockchain, it’s a team sport. If we want to solve a problem in the supply chain logistics space, or in the trade finance space, or in the food trust and traceability use case, you actually have to establish a near-ubiquitous business case for that and get everyone to buy into it. It’s not a technology problem, it’s a social problem. How do I get my fiercest competitors to work with me on creating a solution that benefits us all,” said Ferris.

In this Edition:

2:17: What use cases do you see for blockchain technology?
9:23: Are there any alternatives to blockchain, or ways to accomplish the same ideas?
11:25: How do you deal with a smaller pool of nodes that exist in an enterprise context?
12:31: What is the community model for Hyperledger?
18:25: How do you resolve disagreements within the Hyperledger community?
23:56: How do you see blockchain and application architecture integration evolving in the next 12-18 months?

The Linux Foundation is a sponsor of The New Stack.

Feature image via Pixabay.

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jonwreed
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more blockchain hashouts
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ASUG CEO Geoff Scott's SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG's Annual Conference Keynote

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From: ASUGtv
Duration: 06:58

ASUG's CEO Geoff Scott shares how the skills of SAP user's drive the success of organizations and how the ASUG community can help you perform at your best: http://bit.ly/2kb9x7U

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jonwreed
28 days ago
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revisit the good times :)
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Ars on your lunch break, part three: Those darn robot overlords

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Enlarge / HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR SKYNET (credit: Carolco Pictures)

Today we present the third and final installment of my interview with the world-renowned roboticist and AI pioneer Rodney Brooks. Please check out parts one and two if you missed them.

We start today’s installment with the very cliffhanger sentence yesterday’s installment ended with: Rodney saying “Yeah, let’s talk about deep learning.” We proceed to do just that. For anyone giddy about the glittering newness of neural networks and the deep learning systems they power, Rodney points out that this work began in 1943.

This leads to an argument similar to yesterday’s point about self-driving cars regarding the importance of knowing a technology’s full history before handicapping its future. Rodney’s basic point is that deep learning is an overnight success that required 70 years to percolate. So the next giant breakthrough could be further off than we think.

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jonwreed
56 days ago
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an AI related podcast series
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Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari

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From: tedtalksdirector
Duration: 18:23

In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons." (Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)

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The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.

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jonwreed
68 days ago
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looks like an important talk
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How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron

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From: tedtalksdirector
Duration: 10:53

Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People" -- but he's found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he's developed an unexpected coping mechanism: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking a simple question: "Why did you write that?" In a thoughtful talk about how we interact online, Marron explains how sometimes the most subversive thing you can do is actually speak with people you disagree with, not simply at them.

Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com

The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.

Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks
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jonwreed
91 days ago
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curious to check this out
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Review of the SAP SuccessFactors Analyst Conference 2018

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This is the third annual review of the SAP SuccessFactors analyst conference that Luke Marson, Jarret Pazahanick and Brandon Toombs attended. Join Steve Bogner, Amy Grubb, Mark Ingram and Sven Ringling as we discuss with them what this means for customers.

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jonwreed
92 days ago
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this series is always worth a listen......
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