Cryptocurrency - Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Beyond

How will you pay for things in 2050?

Will you carry cash? Credit Cards? Or will you have a chip – inside a mobile device or perhaps inserted sub-dermally?

The bottom line is that the way we pay is changing.

Think Cryptocurrency and Cryptotokens.

cryp·to·cur·ren·cy ˈkriptōˌkərənsē/ noun

A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.

imageThere are more than a few cryptocurrency models out there. Bitcoin got a lot of press a few years ago and still does.

Many of the technical platform providers and the services providers that support them are looking at Blockchain. Microsoft and Amazon have moved pretty far into this space. Google is working on catching up. I would not be surprised to see SAP and other large platform providers follow suit.

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They are building models, tools, and platforms to enable Blockchain to be the way manufacturers, governments, and others process payments with each other and with consumers.

The underlying security will be driven by advances in Crypto-Tokens. In this Breakthrough Byte, we will talk about some of the options being explored and how they will impact you.

Bitcoin exploded on to the world’s stage in 2012 as a currency backed by everyone and controlled by no one.” via CIO

Blockchain, Bitcoin and BaaS

What is the connection between Blockchain and Bitcoin?

First off … What is Blockchain?

Effectively a blockchain is a kind of independent, transparent, and permanent database coexisting in multiple locations and shared by a community. This is why it’s sometimes referred to as a mutual distributed ledger (MDL).

Blockchain is a mutual distributed ledger (MDL)
via Arstechnica

Commercializing Blockchain with BaaS

In order to commercialize Blockchain there are a lot of hurdles to overcome. They are not insurmountable, but they will require a coordinated effort.

Why BaaS?

It’s simple. As noted above there is a desire to move to a transparent and imminently traceable model of financial transactions.

imageMy next Blockchain post is about the incoming US administration and why they would be wise to adopt Blockchain

CIO Magazine summarized it quite nicely. I have extracted some of the salient bits here. The emphasis and separation is mine.

“BaaS enables blockchain capabilities as first class PaaS services.

From a functional standpoint, a BaaS model allows developers to build solutions that seamlessly combine the capabilities of the blockchain with typical platform and infrastructure services such as storage, middleware, messaging, and other functional building blocks of sophisticated software solutions.

More importantly, BaaS provides a seamless model to scale and manage a blockchain topology without deploying any proprietary infrastructure.”

The Tech Giants are Playing BIG!

  • Microsoft's Project Bletchley follows the release of Azure’s BaaS platform
  • IBM also announced the open source availability of the Hyperledger Project which attempts to make the blockchain completely open source and available to enterprise developers.
  • Amazon and Google have been a bit quiet, but they are also making inroads into the BaaS space.

What does this all mean?

As with every Breakthrough Byte segment I break it down into Pros, Cons and ROI. You may disagree with these points and if you do please drop a comment here so we can start a discussion.

Pros

  • Global
  • Secure'ish (there are risks, see Bitcoin Mining)
  • Transparent

Cons

  • New
  • Unregulated
  • Subject to wild fluctuations
  • Emergency Kit … How to deal with things when there is no power? EMP is a BIG RISK that needs to be addressed.

ROI

  • Enables people around the world to engage in eCommerce
  • Enables businesses to operate internationally without (as much) concern for currency fluctuations.
  • Empowers consumers to pay and receive funds 100% electronically.
  • Bonus: The end of paper and metallic currency. (If humans will allow it)

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