The food industry gets an upgrade with blockchain

Food is vital to life — what we often don’t realize is that food, which provides our nourishment, can be harmful — harmful to people and harmful to the environment. Costs associated with foodborne illness alone range from $55 – 93 billion in just the United States, and that is after one-third of the food […]

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Blockchain Technology Summit: Across the industries

This is the year of blockchain: the year that business networks based on blockchain are put into production around the world. Early adopters have been using this technology to reimagine their industries, developing new ways of interaction that reduce friction and foster innovation. I’m super excited for the IBM Blockchain Technology Summit in Atlanta on […]

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The difference between public and private blockchain

There are a number of explanations on what blockchain is and what exactly is the difference between Bitcoin and blockchain, but another area where I get many questions, is the difference between public and private blockchain. The similarities of public and private blockchain Many flavors of blockchain have evolved over the years and the terminology […]

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Going big and going global: IBM Blockchain at Consensus

In the last year, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people talk about blockchain. Before, it was all about the opportunities for disruption and the transformation that distributed ledgers would make possible. Everyone had ideas about how to use the technology, but it had only been applied in one significant way: Bitcoin. […]

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Top five takeaways from K(NO)W Identity Conference

The current approach to digital identity management is unsustainable. It’s become necessary to move away from intermediary and provider-controlled models toward user-controlled digital identity. Last week, challenges to this undertaking, along with potential solutions, were discussed at K(NO)W Identity Conference in Washington, DC. These are my top five takeaways. 1. Identity is a critical element […]

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Transforming an industry: Making blockchain real for insurers

Blockchain is emerging as a potentially disruptive force capable of transforming the insurance industry by making transactions faster, cheaper, more secure and transparent. In every meeting I’ve had with global insurance chief experience officers (CXOs) in the last couple of months, I was asked about blockchain. I’ve found that most insurance CXOs are keen to […]

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Put your hacker hat on for Building Blocks Hackathon at Consensus

Business leaders and tech enthusiasts alike are enamored with blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that is poised to breathe new life into stagnant industries by transforming traditional business transaction processes. No longer limited to Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and digital payments, blockchain is breaking free thanks to forward-thinking organizations and individuals. Already, blockchain-based networks are being implemented […]

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Blockchain and food safety at the CGF Global Summit

In Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Michael Palin said, “All I ask of food is that it doesn’t harm me.” It seems like an easy request to fulfill, but that isn’t always the case. While food is one of the most basic requirements of human survival, contaminated foods cause sickness — or even worse. What if […]

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It’s all about trust: Blockchain for identity management

What will you find at the center of every business interaction? People. They are the heart and soul of commerce. However, what is vital to every transaction is trust, and trust in business relationships is built on knowledge. That’s why banks and other business institutions have KYC (know your customer) requirements for identifying and verifying […]

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