Consensus 2018 Hackathon

  The consensus from the 2018 hackathon was: there are a number of emerging blockchain technology platforms that are focused not on the protocol level but on creating additions to the base protocols these are workbenches, platform tooling, application environments There was a number of different hacks that were built over the weekend focusing on…

Means of State Replication

The means of developing replicated state machines. Decentralized and permissionless state replication as well as distributed application specific state replication are defining the next era of computing. Replication of data on distributed systems using leaders and workers, distributed micro-services and containers, peer-to-peer blockchain protocols, UTXOs, and digitally enforceable agreements and agents. Blockchain is the next…

2018

There is a shift that is happening; it is rooted in the rapid expansion of decentralized cryptographic protocols. Public private key pairs are becoming common use for securing/storing digital assets, providing proof, determining truth. Where our data lives, who owns the data, and who can that change data are all questions that are being asked.…

Thoughts on Bitcoin

Bitcoin is. The security of bitcoin as a protocol is derived from the quantum properties it uses as a secure informational state machine. The state transitions can be trusted based on pure mathematics. Elliptical Curves Digital Signatures Proof-of-Work Bitcoin as a system is the most powerful machine / computer in the world. It has already…

Interoperable, Scalable Blockchain Protocols

Last week I attended the Wanxiang Global Blockchain Summit in Shanghai. There were a number of sessions but one that really stuck with me was about potential scaling solutions for distributed consensus protocols. There is a concept of polyglot persistence which essentially means certain databases are meant for certain reasons. You have SQL database, noSQL…

IPLD Resolvers

This was in my drafts from a few months back, right when I got really excited about IPFS, content addressing data, and the potential future applications that will be built on the protocol. Content addressing is a true computational advancement in the way that we think about adding and retrieve content on the web. We…

2017

We are on the edge of the future - seeing the emergence of technology that we dreamed of years ago; AI powered bots, Holographic GUIs, autonomous vehicles, decentralized application networks. It's happening fast. There is new form of distributed world consciousness of truth in the internet, it enables people to come to distributed consensus about…

CryptoTrends

This article is about what hasn't been in the headlines in the crypto space. By crypto space I mean: cryptographic currencies, decentralized ledgers, distributed consensus protocols and thee / a blockchain protocol. It is fast pace, riveting, real-time, global; it never sleeps. From the highly anticipated Halvening, to the Rise of Ethereum and the Fall of…

MicroSaas

This post is from my time at the Consensus 2016 Hackathon a few months ago. The consensus from the 2016 Hackathon was that smart contracts and decentralized applications will drive blockchain innovation and businesses into the future. This year’s hackathon was held in the heart of Times Square at Microsoft’s Technology Center. I would say…

The Rise of Ethereum

The decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies are their biggest strength and their biggest weakness. Often this is the case with something that completely disrupts the status-quo. The fact that decentralized currencies are open source also creates a unique situation where that which is the best given path or fork in the long run must be agreed…