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Blockchain Revolution

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alex Tapscott, Don Tapscott

Narrated By: Jeff Cummings

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2016

Duration: 16 hours 40 minutes

Summary:

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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  • Anonymous

    The book is very low on technical content. It essentially describes a utopian world built and sustained by block chain technology.

  • matthew m

    Not a bad book, but I learned very little, especially when compared to the amount of time it takes to get through it. Essentially, this book amounts to vaguely talking around the idea of block chain and potential uses, but in such a manner as to offer very little in terms of content. I was hoping this book would do more breaking down of concepts and more in depth explanations of how block chain is so powerful. All that said, this book might cater to a small group. If you are not concerned with the nuts and bolts of block chain, but more just want to hear about applications of block chain, this book might be for you. That said, when you finish, I'm not sure what you will be able to do with the info with out getting deeper in the the how and why of block chain mechanisms. If you are looking for something more in depth, I would recommend to start by watching youtube videos of Andreas Antonopoulos, Vitalek Buterin, Nick Szabos, Erik Voorheese, etc. Narrator was good though. I was able to listen at 2x speed and he articulated quite well so it was a smooth listen, even sped up.

  • K righins

    a little confusing