In 2019, many large tech firms announced plans to offer financial products and services. The Wall Street Journal Liz Hoffman explains why Google, Apple, and others are offering products that might someday replace your wallet.
In this special episode, Principal Program Manager, Chris Segura, and Forbes Tech Council member, Mike Walker, talk about what they see as the top blockchain trends for 2020 and what they are hearing from companies deploying solutions.
Trend 1: Practical Blockchain Emerges
- Blockchain is being leveraged in practical use cases today and are expanding in scope and scale over the next three to five years. This also means creating fit for purpose implementations of blockchain. In some cases breaking norms of permissionless blockchains to shift to permissioned blockchains.
According to the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey, 60% of CIOs expect some kind of blockchain deployment in the next three years. This is also combined with blockchain will be scalable technically, and will support trusted private transactions with the necessary data confidentiality.
Trend 2: Convergence of the Trinity of Digitization (Blockchain + AI + IoT)
- Blockchain on its own can provide limited value. Focus on the business solutions where blockchain will provide digital differentiation. Leveraging IoT to reach into the physical and analog world, and AI to provide the orchestration and intelligence to data is a symbiotic
Trend 3: Shift to Digital Ecosystems
- As blockchain becomes a critical part of an organizations digital business transformation journey, blockchain is increasingly used as a critical enabler of digital ecosystems. This is sometimes referred to also as blockchain consortiums. However, digital ecosystems are much more than a consortium.
Links: GE Aviation Story
- Azure Blockchain Solutions
- Azure Blockchain Service
- Azure Blockchain Workbench
- Azure Blockchain Tokens
- Azure Free Trial
- Azure Blockchain Dev Kit
- Azure Blockchain Documentation
Wall Street Journal profiles Beijing preparations to launch its own cryptocurrency, a move that could potentially lead to greater state control.
WSJ’s Steven Russolillo takes a look at official documents to find out more about China’s plans.
Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.
VICE News’ Michael Moynihan travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the ethereum blockchain, to get a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.
In this episode of BlockTalk, learn about tokenizing your digital and physical assets, and how the Token Taxonomy Framework can help you define your tokenized asset.
View the white paper: https://aka.ms/ABTWhitepaper
Listen to Microsoft’s CTO of Azure, Mark Russinovich, on the history and future of databases in Azure. Mark touches on Azure SQL Databases, Cosmos DB, and even blockchain databases.
Introduction to Blockchain from Mark Russinovich.
Cointelegraph examines how the blockchain industry is blossoming in South Korea, which has become the world’s third-largest crypto economy.
Rising from the ashes of the last speculative frenzy, a new generation of Korean entrepreneurs are investing in real use cases and building the future of crypto.
In this video, learn how to write Azure Functions using Java and leveraging Azure Key Vault for key storage.
For additional information, please visit: https://github.com/Azure-Samples/bc-community-samples/tree/master/akv-functions-java
Siraj Raval covers Google’s claim to have achieved Quantum Supremacy in a research paper that was briefly leaked on a NASA website.
The paper was taken down, but the Internet moves fast to recover data.
In this episode, Siraj explores what quantum supremacy means, what the applications of quantum computing will be, and how a quantum-resistant cryptographic technique called “A New Hope” works.
Google’s Quantum Supremacy paper:
Quantum Machine Learning:
Quantum Computing with D-Wave:
Quantum Machine Learning Live:
The Neural Qubit:
An amazing blog by Scott Aaronson on Quantum Supremacy:
A curated list of quantum computing learning resources:
Ring Learning with Errors Blog post:
Joe Scott explores why and how Blockchain and cryptocurrencies exploded on the scene a few years ago, with Bitcoin booming and busting in 2017.
Since then, things have been quieter in that space. But behind the scenes some cool innovations are happening. Today we talk about three of them.