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Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

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The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it’s not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence.

It’s called the blockchain.

 
The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second genera­tion—powered by blockchain technology—is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.
 
Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simul­taneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims and even votes.
 
Why should you care? Maybe you’re a music lover who wants artists to make a living off their art. Or a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from. Perhaps you’re an immigrant who’s sick of paying big fees to send money home to loved ones. Or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business.
 
And those examples are barely the tip of the ice­berg. This technology is public, encrypted, and readily available for anyone to use. It’s already seeing wide­spread adoption in a number of areas. For example, forty-two (and counting) of the world’s biggest finan­cial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Credit Suisse, have formed a consortium to investigate the blockchain for speedier and more secure transactions.
 
As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, the blockchain will create winners and losers. And while opportunities abound, the risks of disruption and dislocation must not be ignored.

Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and utterly foundational book about the future of the modern economy. Blockchain Revolution is the business leaders’ playbook for the next decade and beyond.

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Author

Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott

Binding

Hardcover

EAN

9781101980132

EANList

9781101980132

ISBN

1101980133

ItemDimensions

931, hundredths-inches, 638, hundredths-inches, 125, hundredths-pounds, 116, hundredths-inches

Label

Portfolio

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Portfolio

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

368

PackageDimensions

150, hundredths-inches, 910, hundredths-inches, 125, hundredths-pounds, 600, hundredths-inches

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2016-05-10

Publisher

Portfolio

ReleaseDate

2016-05-10

Studio

Portfolio

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