Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Blockchain Video and Podcast

CNI has now posted the video of my 20-minute talk Blockchain: What's Not To Like? to YouTube and Vimeo. Here is the YouTube version:



Gerry Bayne interviewed me at the Fall CNI meeting for CNI's podcast series. The 20-minute conversation is a companion piece to the talk. The podcast is on the Educause SoundCloud channel.

I made one, easily spotted, mistake in the interview when I said $3,000 instead of $300,000. But other than that I'm happy with both the video and the podcast.

2 comments:

David. said...

Compare and contrast Nicholas Weaver's Enigma talk Cryptocurrency: Burn It With Fire! with mine.

David. said...

Gregory Aharonian aptly illustrates the deceptive nature of blockchain marketing with an example from IBM:

"A recent Coindesk article reports on an IBM blockchain "breakthrough":

IBM completes a blockchain trial tracking a 28-ton shipment of oranges
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For the pilot, IBM created an electronic bill of lading, or e-BL, which helped reduce and speed up administrative processes “to just one second” as the document flow is automated, the company claims --- while the standard paper-based procedure takes five to seven days.

Greg is a patent attorney and points out that:

"This sentence is proof of why you can't trust some blockchain promoters. For over 30 years, there has been an international standard for the (secure) exchange of electronic business information - EDI - Electronic Data Interchange. IBM has been a key player in the development of this standard. For example, here is a link to a 1991 European Patent owned by IBM dealing with a method to make it easier for businesspeople to use EDI
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One part of the EDI world is an ANSI standard for electronic bills of lading: ANSI X12 EDI 211."