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The World According to Blockchain




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Corporate Use of Blockchain OKed in Delaware

To date, Blockchain has operated in a bit of a legal gray area. Those days are passing, however. Delaware recently passed regulations that, once signed into law, give corporations the right to issue and trade shares using blockchain, according to Coin Desk.

This may be an important step. Companies and exchanges worldwide are investigating using blockchain to perform a number of tasks. The introduction of regulatory certainty "would allow the innovations to take hold."

A lot of confusion surrounds blockchain, the technology upon which bitcoin is built. Essentially, it is a platform in which transactions aren’t controlled or managed through a central node. Instead, it is a mesh. Every transaction is updated for everyone. If person A does business with person B, people C, D and E are all automatically updated.

This is a big conceptual change. It is also a big physical change, especially if the number of participants reaches into the millions. Juniper Research’s Blockchain Enterprise Survey for August 2017 showed that corporate understanding of blockchain grew during the past year, which is an assessment echoed by IT Business Edge’s Arthur Cole). Key findings: Fifteen percent of respondents know "very little" about blockchain, while 76 percent believe it could be "quite useful" or "very useful" for their firms.

At this point, blockchain comes with a cost: A bit over one-third, 35 percent, who are considering or actively deploying blockchain feel it will cause "significant internal disruption." More than half, 51 percent, who are considering or actively deploying blockchain feel it will cause "significant" disruption to their partners and/or customers.

Let’s look at where we are with blockchain and its potential.

 

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