Chris Dixon on the possibilities of blockchain technology:
The basis of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is the blockchain — essentially a decentralized, public, tamper-proof ledger of all transactions. But the same basic protocol could in principle have many other applications, including financial services, like loans and trading records; security products to prevent cyber-attacks and information leaks; “smart contracts” that execute automatically; secure messaging; voting systems; identity documents; and public records such as land registries. Chris, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will discuss what he sees as the most promising applications of blockchain technology, and how its adoption would affect control and ownership of personal data.
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