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Outstanding Challenges in Blockchain Technology in 2017

Outstanding Challenges in Blockchain Technology in 2017

It’s been a great year with real progress in Blockchain technology. Below is a subset of key questions and approaches that remain unsolved: Data On-Chain or Off-Chain The first generation of blockchain applications, mainly Bitcoin derivatives do not store real...

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The Private Blockchain Gatekeeper

The Private Blockchain Gatekeeper

This piece proposes concepts for designing a Private Blockchain Smart Contract Application. Private (because we don’t want the whole world to access it, or take on the load) Blockchain (because different entities that don’t necessarily trust each other need to...

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14 Blockchain Predictions for 2016

14 Blockchain Predictions for 2016

Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2016! Here are my 14 blockchain predictions for the coming year. 1. The hype won't last This time next year, not everyone will be talking about Blockchain. The hype will not last. Blockchain is at the peak of a tech hype...

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Response to: Why Smart Contracts Make Slow Blockchains

Response to: Why Smart Contracts Make Slow Blockchains

This is an open response to Gideon Greenspan's recent post. You have raised some real issues with the current implementation of Ethereum. However, I think that most of organisations playing and building with Ethereum as a private chain today don’t believe that...

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Blockchain for Cross-Organisation Workflow

Blockchain for Cross-Organisation Workflow

Everyone is looking for the perfect blockchain use case. There’s a lot of talk about blockchains, and there are a number of smart people working on improving the underlying blockchain platform technology (consensus algorithms, throughput). However, there are very few...

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The Whole App in a Blockchain

The Whole App in a Blockchain

A smart contract describes the make-up of a blockchain transaction.  The contract defines the actors in a transaction (e.g. Bitcoin accounts), the logic (e.g. transfer cryptocurrency from one account to another), and the data (e.g. update the values in each account...

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Blockchain as a Database

Blockchain as a Database

Much has been written about the merits of private blockchains. including articles by Richard Brown of IBM, as well as the founders of Eris. Private Blockchains A private blockchain involves a separate, essentially closed network, of blockchain participants (also known...

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