Douglas Adams got it all wrong, it seems. The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is not 42 — it’s blockchain, some will argue. Can the technology behind Bitcoin transform the world or should we take it with a grain of salt? We invited eight blockchain influencers to weigh in on its value and look beyond the hype.
If you want to know more about what blockchain is and Hyperledger’s role in taking the technology behind Bitcoin to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc talked to Arnaud Le Hors, Senior Technical Staff Member of Web & Blockchain Open Technologies at IBM about developers’ interest in blockchain, Fabric — a blockchain framework—, and more.
Meet Blockstack, the blockchain startup which aims to create “a new internet for decentralized apps.” The startup has unveiled a browser that “allows developers everywhere to access a whole new internet.” Why do we need a new internet? Because the old one is broken, they say.
Tale as old as time (or as Silk Road). Bitcoin is once again in the eye of the storm after WannaCry hackers dragged the digital currency back where it used to be when Silk Road was up and running. The cryptocurrency is being discredited yet again —with good reason, one might say.
Women are underrepresented in the tech sector —myth or reality? In addition to the Women in Tech survey, we also launched a diversity series aimed at bringing the most inspirational and powerful women in the tech scene to your attention. Today, we’d like you to meet Chitra Ragavan, Chief Communications Officer at Gem.
Women are underrepresented in the tech sector —myth or reality? In addition to the Women in Tech survey, we also launched a diversity series aimed at bringing the most inspirational and powerful women in the tech scene to your attention. Today, we’d like you to meet Dawn Newton, co-founder and COO of Netki.
We are moving to an era where all companies in every industry are becoming software companies. The implication of this transition means that there needs to be an accelerated focus on creating new application quickly and efficiently. Why should developers be interested in banking? Let’s find out.
Finance isn’t just about developing technology with a few rules and regulations, it’s about the complex interactions between people and systems and the events that have helped shape the global economy over the past decade. It’s also a domain of contradictions. In this talk, Dr. Jamie Allsop will look at the problem of finance, where we are today, how we got here and how we might make sense of it all.
Blockchain comes in handy if you don’t want to put your trust in a specific third party. It is great if you want the transactions made in the system to be unchangeable but it also adds inefficiency compared to regular databases. It can be slow, cumbersome and it has scaling problems. Blockchain is not perfect.
Recently, we talked with David Brear about the seemingly inevitable clash between FinTech and the banking industry, his best guess at the industry’s next step, and what exactly happens if banks don’t change with the times.
Marc Andreessen’s famous quote “Software is eating the world” has more meaning now than ever. Wall Street titans trade their comfortable offices for blockchain startups, investors throw money at anything with blockchain in it and business schools are tailoring their curriculum to fit the needs of a highly digitalized job market.
How can one enable innovation in banking? The answer lies in convincing the end client that innovation is safe and banks are not taking any risks. Of course, this is easy to say but not that easy to execute.
No matter how you change the wiring, there is one major issue – ultimately, you need to take money from one bank and pay it into another bank. Still, the world is changing and alternative payment options are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Let’s see where they are heading.