Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017

Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017

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Blockchain had a good run in 2016 with a lot going on, including over $1.5 bln invested in startups, Bitcoin breaking out of the $700 resistance level and the likes of IBM and Microsoft betting the shop on this new pervasive technology. We saw Barclays Bank’s first live commercial banking transaction, Hyperledger’s very promising Corda technology coming of age and, of course, more attacks requiring more forks. In addition, the Scaling Conference in Milan showcased some amazing projects that bode well for Blockchain’s amazing future. So what does 2017 hold for the Bitcoin Blockchain? On par with gold Bitcoin will continue its rise from its three-year high to reach parity with gold, continuing the trend post the devaluation of the yuan, the withdrawal of large Indian notes, as well as the Trump and Brexit effect. Breaking out As 2016 was the year of the Proof of Concept, 2017 will be the year when Blockchain breaks out of the lab and into production environments. Forks Ethereum will continue to fork under constant attacks and will get stronger as Casper comes of age. Furthermore, Ether will continue to struggle to break through the $1 bln market capitalization. Smart contracts Banks will try …

How Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Elections And Empower Individuals

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As unprecedented charges of rigging have loomed over the U.S. presidential election, much attention has focused on the capability of blockchain technology to make voting more transparent. Joseph Lubin, the founder of ConsenSys and the co-founder of Ethereum, observed in an article in Futurism that decentralizing technologies have important implications for not only improving elections, but in empowering individuals overall. In addition to charges of rigging, this year’s U.S. election featured the emergence of foreign and non-state actors wielding the power to influence the election’s outcome. Decentralized actors form Wikileaks to Anonymous have exerted influence over the race. A foreign controller of a big botnet can create major confusion which can affect events from a distance, Lubin noted. Where the United States has historically sought to police the world, the world has since become capable of exerting checks and balances on the U.S. political system. Chinese and Russian hacks, meanwhile, are exerting information-based influence on foreign shores. Stuxnet and similar cyber weapons have delivered millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Blockchain technology’s decentralizing power will deliver tools that can not only disrupt existing systems, but also provide solutions to enable more transparent, predictable and fairer outcomes. Governance Through Code When organizations …