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Blockchain Defined – The Future Is Here

 

Blockchain :: how will this technology affect your business, your industry, and your life?

The last chapter of my book, WebForging, begins by saying, “The future is here.  The rest is coming fast.”   This TED Talk I viewed 10 minutes ago about Blockchain clearly illustrates my premise about the future.

The TED Description of this Talk says:

  What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

Picture of Blockchain Presenter

Don Tapscott

The presenter, Don Tapscott, wrote a book called The Blockchain Revolution.  Learn more about him at http://www.ted.com/speakers/don_tapscott

A bit of his bio from TED:

A leading analyst of innovation and the impacts of technology, Don Tapscott has authored or co-authored 15 books about various aspects of the reshaping of our society and economy. His work Wikinomics counts among the most influential business books of the last decade.

The Future is Here – Blockchain

As I say in WebForging, the best book to ground you in an understanding of the differences in production and economics between the physical and the virtual world is Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte.   Start there or jump straight into Blockchain to learn how your future will be impacted by technology.

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That’s it for today.  Getting ready for the Milwaukee River Cruise Tomorrow!  More info on that at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/232089959/

 

An Injustice. Follow the Money.

An Injustice.  Follow the Money.

The American Experiment is alive, and not well.  At least not well if you’re a black man.

We are the greatest country in the world, in my not-so-humble opinion.  I believed in grade school, junior high and high school – and I believe to this day – that I’m blessed to live in the United States.  Opportunities abound.  Fairness may not always be the case, but it can usually be assumed.  Unless there’s a lot of money at stake.

Though anyone can, indeed, become President, we are not post-racial.  This TED talk does a great job of illustrating injustice.

In 1972, we had 300,000 people incarcerated in the US.  Today that number is 2,300,000.

The United States has 5% of the population; we have 25% of the world’s prison population.

Description from TED.com:

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.


I started a new category with this post:  Follow the Money.  Rather than a generic ‘Politics’ category, Social and Follow the Money sum up a lot of observation on government.  I prefer talk about the issues include answers and helpful ideas, not just attacks on ideological opponents.  That, too, is an injustice.

Regards,
Keith