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Blockchain : the next everything

Author: Stephen P Williams
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019.
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An experienced tech writer fully explains blockchain technology and how it will radically transform the world as we know it in this accessible, reader-friendly, illuminating guide. What is blockchain' Why does everyone from tech experts to business moguls to philanthropists believe it is a paradigm-shifting technology, bound to revolutionize society as significantly as the internet' Indeed, why is blockchain touted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Williams, Stephen.
Next Everything : A Short Guide to Blockchain.
New York : Scribner, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen P Williams
ISBN: 9781982116842 1982116846 9781471184239 1471184234
OCLC Number: 1090497193
Description: 1 online resource (147 pages)
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Epigraph; Introduction; I. Experiencing Blockchain; What Is Blockchain?; What Blockchain Does; Ships Not Seen; Embracing Distributed Systems; II. How it Works; The Chains; The Trust OS; III. Money and Creation; The Person Behind Blockchain; The Meaning of Money; IV. The Thrill of the New; Stacks of Apps Called Dapps; Hunting Unicorns; Self-Sovereign; The New, New World; Next; Acknowledgments; Further Reading; About the Author; Copyright
Other Titles: Next everything :
Responsibility: Stephen P. Williams.

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An experienced tech writer fully explains blockchain technology and how it will radically transform the world as we know it in this accessible, reader-friendly, illuminating guide. What is blockchain' Why does everyone from tech experts to business moguls to philanthropists believe it is a paradigm-shifting technology, bound to revolutionize society as significantly as the internet' Indeed, why is blockchain touted as The Next Everything' In this deft, fascinating, and easy-to-digest introduction to one of the most important innovations of recent times, Stephen P. Williams answers these questions, revealing how cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are just one example among dozens of transformative applications that this relatively new technology makes possible. He interprets the complexity into digestible anecdotes, metaphors, and straightforward descriptions for readers who don't know tech, and explains all of blockchain's most important aspects: why this so-called digital ledger is unhackable and unchangeable; how its distributed nature may transfer power from central entities like banks, government, and corporations to ordinary citizens around the world; and what its widespread use will mean for society as a whole. Taking us on a dazzlingly vivid tour through the systems predicted to soon underpin economics, politics, global trade, science, art, and numerous other aspects of our everyday lives, Blockchain: The Next Everything is a truly extraordinary journey into our future.

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