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Blockchain and the healthcare industry: How to get started

Many of us in the technology field are reflecting on how we can help build a stronger, more resilient future for healthcare. As the industry focuses on digital transformation, there is a greater appetite to solve business challenges with emerging technologies, such as blockchain. This is because, by definition, blockchain technology empowers organizations to digitize transactions […]

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Love at first block: Sustainability with the help of blockchain

Over the past 17 years, my team at Newlight has been working to turn air and greenhouse gas into a material found throughout nature called AirCarbon. There are a number of interesting things about AirCarbon: first, it is a meltable material, so as we look for solutions to help solve our ocean plastics problem, it […]

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Blockchain to transform insurance value chain

The insurance industry at its core is built on the legal promise to pay a compensation in case of a loss. Trust is at the core of this promise. However, the level of trust consumers have on their insurance provider is average. The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) surveyed 1,100 business insurance executives in 34 countries […]

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Blockchain in 2021: Accessibility, authenticity and AI

As of December 2019, experts forecast blockchain spending would surpass USD 16 billion by 2023, according to an IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) report. However, over the course of the year, COVID-19 disrupted the global economy, slashed technology budgets and refocused corporate efforts to stay afloat. Despite these challenges, the pandemic has also accelerated […]

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Blockchain and sustainability through responsible sourcing

Mining for cobalt, an essential raw material for lithium-ion batteries, carries a high cost in human suffering. More than 60 percent of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with about 45 percent coming from large-scale mining operations. The remaining 15 percent comes from small-scale mines in the DRC, where children […]

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Serving up new business practices for restaurants with blockchain

Has the pandemic changed the way we dine, forever? Restaurants from formal dining to fast casual, sole proprietors to national chains, are making the adjustments for survival and growth. Diners, employees, and executives are all working through the pandemic to deliver great tasting food, provide more transparency to the menu, and deliver a work environment […]

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Blockchain Newsletter for December: Building the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

This time of year brings holiday treats, a global sigh of relief that 2020 is almost over, and a spate of predictions for 2021. Martha Bennett, IT industry analyst at Forrester Research, predicts that 30 percent of blockchain pilot projects will make it into production. IBM Blockchain general manager Alistair Rennie confirms that the 30 […]

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Happy birthday to the leading open source blockchain platform

Five years ago, the topic of conversation at nearly every tech holiday party was blockchain, blockchain, blockchain. VCs, CTOs, and CIOs had visions of cryptocurrencies and industry disruption dancing in their heads. But some saw potential for the technology to be applied to the enterprise, not as a disruptive force, but one that could facilitate […]

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Managing the complexity of coffee through the clarity of blockchain

Blockchain and coffee are a great match. The simple pleasure of our daily coffee belies the fact that the journey to the cup is long and highly complex. Until now the details of that journey have been largely unknown to the drinker. This is a challenge I understand very well, as a coffee buyer with […]

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