Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain


212 bookmarks. First posted by PeterMHoward december 2017.


I found this piece useful.
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9 days ago by daisyk
pretty well explained
11 days ago by creeble
"Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.

Each purported use case — from payments to legal documents, from escrow to voting systems—amounts to a set of contortions to add a distributed, encrypted, anonymous ledger where none was needed. What if there isn’t actually any use for a distributed ledger at all? What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?"
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7 weeks ago by pierredv
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.
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9 weeks ago by jchris
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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12 weeks ago by timwburch
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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april 2018 by wenxin
All the reasons why blockchains (not just Bitcoin) are just generally bad ideas, and not useful as replacements for existing mechanisms.
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april 2018 by PeterErwin
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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february 2018 by carlosmiceli
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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february 2018 by snivitz
Key point: blockchain is useful to encode/facilitate transactions but the transactions themselves don't really seem to be the problem. More important are services around them, such as fraud protection, getting your money back when the product is not as described, having a 3rd party to settle conflicts, negotiate contracts, ... That is the actual value that banks, VISA, states, and so on provide (and blockchain doesn't).
Visa can handle sixty thousand transactions per second, while Bitcoin historically taps out at seven. […] as a starting point, you have something that’s about 0.01% as good at clearing transactions. (And, worth noting, for those seven transactions a second Bitcoin is already estimated to use *35 times as much energy* as Visa.
In the end, everyone from blockchain enthusiasts to health insurers actually wants to argue out in human language [FIRST/STILL] what the business relationship is and interpret it on an ongoing basis, and THEN to write software that handles the fulfillment and payment. That already exists — it’s the status quo.

maybe faster, more efficient blockchain technologies will help: https://cryptovest.com/news/worlds-fastest-blockchain-tested-in-australia-beats-visas-payment-system/
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february 2018 by hirnsieb
Breaks down a variety of oft-touted blockchain applications (micropayment, smart contracts, distributed storage/computing, stock issuance, authenticity verification), and explains why in many cases, the overheard of being distributed and not having any intermediaries is overkill (or worse) for the task at hand.
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february 2018 by irace
"Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.
"Each purported use case — from payments to legal documents, from escrow to voting systems—amounts to a set of contortions to add a distributed, encrypted, anonymous ledger where none was needed. What if there isn’t actually any use for a distributed ledger at all? What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?"
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january 2018 by cshalizi
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain (via 's newsletter)…
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january 2018 by parsingphase
“Someone starting from a human perspective on banking security—who is currently harmed and how can we help them?—would come up with something very different from blockchain.… In conversations with bitcoin entrepreneurs and investors and consultants, there was often a lack of knowledge or even interest in how the jobs were being done today or what the value to the end user was.”
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january 2018 by syskill
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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january 2018 by akmassey
One view of blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin.
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january 2018 by ajohnson1200
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.

Each purported use case — from payments to legal documents, from escrow to voting systems—amounts to a set of contortions to add a distributed, encrypted, anonymous ledger where none was needed. What if there isn’t actually any use for a distributed ledger at all? What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?

Blockchain enthusiasts often act as if the hard part is getting money from A to B or keeping a record of what happened. In each case, moving money and recording the transaction is actually the cheap, easy, highly-automated part of a much more complex system.
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january 2018 by miletich
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.
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january 2018 by since1968
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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january 2018 by theory
INTERESTING: "Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for " by Kai Stinchcombe via
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january 2018 by gnat
うーん、まぁこれからなのでは。
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january 2018 by summerwind
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for
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january 2018 by nigeljames
QUOTE after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.
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january 2018 by lafgrp
Nice review of what practical applications the blockchain actually has.
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january 2018 by andy47
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless…
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january 2018 by rdr
Great, good, and correct
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january 2018 by yorksranter
Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING.
january 2018 by pitiphong_p
RT : “Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain” by Kai Stinchcombe HT
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january 2018 by jamesofputney
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
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december 2017 by friedelitis
| if you read one article this year about the blockchain and cryptocurrency in general, let it be this one etc
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december 2017 by drac
this is a very good read RT @yonatanzunger: “Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain”
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december 2017 by Chronologos
"Each purported use case — from payments to legal documents, from escrow to voting systems—amounts to a set of contortions to add a distributed, encrypted, anonymous ledger where none was needed. What if there isn’t actually any use for a distributed ledger at all? What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?"
december 2017 by jonerp
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december 2017 by driptray
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