Dr Saifedean Ammous | Visiting Scholar
Columbia University Center on Capitalism & Society

Dr Saifedean Ammous, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Center on Capitalism & Society

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?

  • Blockchain champions rave about its potential to facilitate faster, cheaper, safer and more transparent financial transactions – are you buying into the value statement?
  • Banks are spending extraordinary resources on testing and developing blockchain technology – will their efforts ultimately bear fruit?
  • True or false – the only commercially successful application of blockchain technology will be producing digital cash​
Dr Tommi Vuorenmaa, Founder, Aekraes Kodex

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