Saifedean Ammous is a Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University and a Foreign Member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. He holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, and his research focuses the economics of digital innovation, particularly Bitcoin.
His twitter handle is @saifedean and he is available for consultation and research assignments
Day 2 @ 13:50
A healthy dose of blockchain skepticism – what is it good for?
- Overhype much? Outside of digital cash, why hasn’t blockchain bore any commercial fruit in almost 10 years of existence?
- Barriers to commercial implementation – comparing blockchain to current best practice technology in banking, contracts and database systems
- Horse and engine analogy – why blockchain cannot serve any useful purpose for the financial intermediaries it was designed to replace
- Conclusion and prediction for the future – blockchain is unlikely to offer economic advantages for any other commercial problems other than removing third party intermediation to allow for the creation of digital cash
Day 2 @ 14:10
The great blockchain debate – disruption or distraction?
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