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Re: <nettime> Josh Hall: Blockchain could reshape our world – and the fa
Magnus Boman on Sun, 4 Mar 2018 02:04:44 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Josh Hall: Blockchain could reshape our world – and the far right is one step ahead (Guardian)


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Hi,

thanks guys for your opinions on blockchais, But neither pointing to
authority in the matter (apprently we are all experts all the time) nor
polemicizing against a non-mature technology will help me in
understanding the phenomena. let's get back to the subject in ten years.

-Oli

oblig hack: I just finished attending Financial Crypto 2018, including a Bitcoin workshop and a Smart Contract workshop. For the latter, I co-wrote a paper with the take home msg that smart contracts is neither smart, nor contracts (https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.09535). 

The consensus (!) at the utterly useless closing conference panel was that the (permission-less) blockchain is as useless as the panel itself, but it will probably take decidedly less than the ten years you are asking for, Oli, to make it useful for certain applications, e.g. as a distributed ledger for land ownership and use, or my fav: an immutable cultural geography ledger. Runner up anti-dystopia alt-right norm eliminator: trustless norm encoder for intensional communities (cf. "Circles").
M.
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