Blockchain - more than coin
By Jason Remillard
29 January, 2018
I read an interesting article today about some of the activities occurring at Davos this week. Robert Shiller made some interesting comments (link) – however mostly centered around bitcoin itself. For sure – it has been a bumpy ride – and outside of hype and other reasons for the sudden interest – at its core we are talking about validations of blockchain and its ability to ‘free’ information – whilst protecting it and giving owners control.
Looks like there were over a dozen specific sessions on blockchain itself – which I find quite interesting considering this topic made agendas a few years back anywhere. More interesting to me from a product and compliance side was the joint announcement between Microsoft, Accenture and Hyperledger for the ID2020 Alliance (link).
More interesting to us, is the ‘blockchain’ conversation is starting to mature and get ‘big enough’ – that is – having some large and lofty goals and encompassing truly needed user communities with capabilities that help on a very large scale (call it – planet-wide). In this example, (which I didn’t know), over 1.1 billion people can not prove their identity – which as we know affects everything from immigration, work, safety, healthcare and more.
Significant, game changing, mature. It will be interesting!