Die Blockchain Revolution

Am letzten digitalen Donnerstag habe ich mich zum ersten mal darin versucht, mein bisher noch rudimentäres Wissen zum Thema Blockchain zu vermitteln. Hier die minimalistischen Slides dazu.

Seither lese ich mich noch weiter in das Thema rein, bei William Mougayar (The Business Blockchain, erschienen im Juni 2016), sowie Don und Alex Tapscott (Blockchain Revolution, erschienen im Mai 2016).

Alex Tapscott hat zudem einen äusserst kompetenten und gut verständlichen Google Talk mit dem gleichen Titel gegeben.

Sein Vater Don ist Co-Author des genannten Buches und hat am TEDSummit im Juni einen ebenso kompetenten und gut verständlichen TED Talk gegeben.

Letzte Woche habe ich im Impact Hub mein erstes Blockchainers Meetup besucht, an dem es um Etherium und Ethereum Classic ging, eine Blockchain Applikations-Plattform.

Blockchain Meetup Switzerland

Am Mittwoch ist Arthur Breitman von Tezos in Zug und spricht über sein Projekt. Obwohl das Blockchain Protokoll technologisch auch sehr faszinierend ist, sind vor allem die Anwendungen spannend, die in den nächsten Jahren in diesem komplett neuen Ökosystem entstehen werden.

Die Blockchain Technologie hat das Potential die komplette Verwaltung von Vermögenswerten jeglicher Art komplett neu und von Grund auf wahrhaft demokratisch und dezentralisiert zu gestalten, egal ob es sich um Grundbucheinträge, Musikalben oder digitale Währungen handelt, um nur drei von vielen weiteren Bereichen zu nennen.

(Beitragsbild von Warranteer)

The Quest for a Fantastic Future

During last year’s summer vacation I listened to the audio book The Year Without Pants driving over 1500 km through Switzerland and Italy, while the kids were watching movies and playing fruit ninja. It was a great choice and provided very interesting and useful insights into one of the planet’s most successful distributed companies creating and building freemium products on top of the software WordPress used by over 25% of websites worldwide.

This year we drove another 1500 km altogether to the same Adriatic Sea destination. Unfortunately, our current car still uses an old school combustion engine, but at least it only needs 5.1 litres/100km. Bear with me for a minute to see why that’s relevant.

For this year’s trip I luckily picked a biography about Elon Musk, sub-titled Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, written by Ashlee Vance who provides an authorized look at a real-life Tony Stark and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new „makers“.

Supercharger Hero
Tesla Superchargers – Free connectors that charge Model S and Model X in minutes instead of hours.

I managed to listen to 11 of 13 hours before getting back home, but I will most certainly finish it over the weekend, before getting back to work full time on Monday feeling supercharged with inspiration from the audio book and with Vitamin D from the Italian sun.

Although I personally never delved into advanced rockets and spacecraft, it’s amazing to see what SpaceX has been able to pull off as a private aeronautics company, when in the past only whole countries have been audacious enough to explore space at a scale that large. Other billionaires have tried to do that before and failed. Elon Musk only almost failed. If you want to know how close and how often you should read or listen to this biography. It really inspires me trying to solve real problems for a living.

SpaceX Technicians
SpaceX technicians putting the finishing touches on the fuel line that runs through the middle of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The author compares Elon Musk with Steve Jobs and other infamous rock star Silicon Valley tech company CEOs, with a small difference as a Tesla employee (formerly working for Apple) put it: Apple is building great gadgets, but Tesla and SpaceX are set out to change the world revolutionizing both the automobile and aeronautics industry.

(Featured image taken at Web Summit)