In October 2008, a John or Jane Doe published a paper that would go on to change the world: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. It described, for the first time ever, a completely decentralised currency using a technique later coined as “blockchain”. The idea has since then spiraled out of control, resulting in a large group of people preaching about a decentralised utopia powered by blockchain. This became especially obvious in the bitcoin hype around a year ago. This has, in turn, caused many people to dismiss the technology altogether, as this hype seems completely unrealistic to them.
In short, the debate on the actual implications that blockchain could have on our society has been clouded to a large extend. In other words; there’s a lot of bullshit going around. That’s why it’s high time that we have a realistic discussion on the implications of blockchain at the BètaBreak! Join us on 20 March between 12:00-13:00 for an interesting discussion panel on this topic. We have invited 3 experts who work with blockchain on a daily basis in law, science and finance. They will help us paint a realistic picture, what its impact may have in the future, and what we as student can do with the blockchain now.