blockchains

  • The future is a decentralized internet Crunch Network

    The future is a decentralized internet

    In a world with many blockchains and hundreds of tradable tokens built on top of them, entire industries are automated through software, venture capital and stock markets are circumvented, entrepreneurship is streamlined and networks gain sovereignty through their own digital currency. This is the next phase of the internet. Read More

  • Blockchain technologies entered the trough of disillusionment in 2016, but 2017 will be brighter Crunch Network

    Blockchain technologies entered the trough of disillusionment in 2016, but 2017 will be brighter

    The blockchain industry is moving into the Trough of Disillusionment, marked by waning interest “as experiments and implementations fail to deliver.” During this time, many will fail and exit the market, while those that survive will continue to enjoy market success, secure investment dollars and march forward along a path to widespread market adoption. Read More

  • How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer Crunch Network

    How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer

    As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of the day, the need for computing resources is growing at a fast pace. So how can we make a more economic and efficient use of all the computing power that’s going to waste? Read More

  • Putting data back into the hands of owners Crunch Network

    Putting data back into the hands of owners

    Ever wondered why your physician owns the information from your blood work? Or why your dentist owns your x-rays. Or some financial services company owns your credit information? Most people forget that social media companies own the messages, pictures and videos that they post everyday. The pervasiveness of this paradox is considerable. Why is this the case? Read More

  • How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks Crunch Network

    How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks

    Imagine a computing platform that would have no single point of failure and would be resilient to the cyberattacks that are making the headlines these days. This is the promise behind blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and challenges the traditional server/client paradigm. Read More

  • Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain Crunch Network

    Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain

    At the time of its inception some two centuries ago, the supply chain was a revolutionary idea that would improve visibility and control on goods and products as they moved from point A to point B. But the old concept and technology can no longer support today’s production and supply cycles. Hopefully, the supply chain problem can be remedied with blockchain. Read More

  • Blockchain technologies could transform government services Crunch Network

    Blockchain technologies could transform government services

    With the current election season sparking yet another conversation about how government can better monitor our elections and deliver secure services, emerging blockchain technologies may provide a solution. By providing both security and transparency — reducing the risk of foul play and enabling everyone to audit the results, blockchain solutions could reshape the future of American… Read More

  • Co-opt vs. Disrupt? | Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain S1:E6

    Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain episode 6 analyzes the future

    The final episode of this six-part series explores the future implications of Bitcoin and blockchain technology. The episode describes the divide between Wall Street’s preferred closed use of the blockchain and Silicon Valley’s vision of an open system. Will the technology ever be integrated into our world’s mainstream economy? Whose vision will prevail, Wall Street or… Read More

  • How blockchain can change the music industry Crunch Network

    How blockchain can change the music industry

    Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends. The blockchain has drawn the attention of investors and professionals in different industries, and is now showing promising signs to change the music industry. Read More

  • Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents Crunch Network

    Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

    As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statistics, and it is expected that significant numbers of new applications connected to these themes have been filed in that period. The numbers we are seeing likely represent the tip of the iceberg. Read More

  • Developing a global financial architecture Crunch Network

    Developing a global financial architecture

    The movement of capital around the globe is of paramount importance to an increasingly globalized society. As companies, workers and jobs become more fluid across permeable borders, it will become increasingly necessary to move money freely without arduous costs or constraints. Yet no comprehensive solution exists today that resolves the issues damming the flow of capital across borders. Read More

  • The future of healthcare is not people versus machines Crunch Network

    The future of healthcare is not people versus machines

    A digital shift in healthcare in recent years has paved the way for advances in automation, artificial intelligence and even surgical robots. Whether using a virtual human to capture patient intake data or sensors to monitor symptoms, digital technology is undoubtedly propelling the industry forward. But concern exists that this technology will start to replace health workers. Read More

  • A brief history of cryptocurrency drama, or, what could possibly DAO wrong? Crunch Network

    A brief history of cryptocurrency drama, or, what could possibly DAO wrong?

    It makes SILICON VALLEY look like C-SPAN — and yet it’s a documentary. Yes, it’s Cryptocurrency!, the show! You already know it’s been the hit of the last half-decade in extreme-nerd, get-rich-quick, and/or libertarian-conspiracist circles. But the story so far may seem incredibly… well… cryptic. So if you’re just tuning in, here’s a timeline to catch… Read More

  • Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain Crunch Network

    Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

    Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on detergent, performs self-service and maintenance, and schedules its cycles to take advantage of electricity prices; a connected car, smart enough to find and choose the best deal for parts and services; a manufacturing plant where the machinery knows when to order repairs for some of its parts… Read More

  • Don & Alex Tapscott | INNOVATE 2016

    INNOVATE 2016: How the blockchain will clean up American politics

    The fundamentally transparent nature of blockchain technology — with its unalterable public ledger — will force politicians to be more honest about themselves and their intentions. Blockchain, they promise, will eventually disinfect the American political system — exposing dishonesty and triggering a more accountable political conversation. Read More

  • Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology Crunch Network

    Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

    It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. While there are undoubtedly many technological breakthroughs that can’t be reduced to linguistic and conceptual changes, it’s surprising how often apparent innovations depend on shifts in terminology and discourse. Read More

  • IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

    IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

    Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of (non Bitcoin) financial transactions to anything else that requires secure tracking. And today, IBM laid out its claim for some of that new business: the IT giant announced a new set of… Read More

  • Virtual currencies create pathways for people in emerging economies Crunch Network

    Virtual currencies create pathways for people in emerging economies

    Immense hype surrounds virtual currencies and distributed ledgers these days. Maybe this is inevitable if you combine an inscrutable, cutting-edge technology, its enigmatic origins, and a flow of $1 billion in venture funding thus far. But will these technologies create pathways for people in emerging economies to access and use financial services that meet their needs? Read More

  • Unlocking blockchain for the underbanked Crunch Network

    Unlocking blockchain for the underbanked

    As 2015 came to a close and the new year began, many thought leaders in the financial technology space made their predictions on the trends and innovations that will get us excited in 2016. One of the most prominent technologies that repeatedly appeared on these lists was the blockchain, which has emerged from the shadows of bitcoin with a new, solo image. Read More

  • 3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market Crunch Network

    3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market

    Experts have suggested a number of niche industries that will be made more secure by the untamperable data record provided by blockchain technology — including international art dealing, pharmaceuticals and international trade of high-value goods — but to date, very little attention has been given to the potential effects on the real estate market. Read More