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Blockchain Contrarian

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 Paul F. Dowding, MD, Financial Services Strategy & Solutions Practice, Blockchain Solutions Lead at Gartland and Mellina Group

 Friday, January 5, 2018

A 50 minute discussion on the risks, flaws, challenges and opportunities within blockchain. The timeline is below the link. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/blockchain-discussion-risks-flaws-challenges-paul-f-dowding/ 00:00 – Introduction 02:18 – What is blockchain? 04:55 – How do you relate blockchain to a Bank Statement? 07:00 – What is wrong with the current Blockchain implementations? 09:40 – Can the current blockchains be fixed? 12:00 – Do the current blockchains become slower as they get bigger? 12:27 – Could Bitcoin implode? 15:14 – How would blockchain cope with the ’29 crash? 18:00 – What is the capacity issue? 20:15 – Is increasing the block size the solution? 21:40 – If the capacity issue was known from the beginning, why are only hearing about it now? 22:49 – GMG’s solution – is it a new Ethereum or Hyperledger? 24:30 – Is the blockchain a one lane road? Is Network science a hammer looking for nails? 26:10 – What’s the differences between Bitcoin and the Exchanges? 28:19 – What are the current blockchains problems? Why are none in production? 30:56 – Are there other “low volume” uses, outside the financial services, for the blockchain? 33:24 – Are Private blockchains more secure and faster? 34:43 – New Competitors for the Banks and Brokers. 36:58 – Near-real-time processing, market improvements, emerging market possibilities. 37:58 – Operating in today’s world before the digital transformation. 39:54 – Are there industries that can use the current blockchains? 42:07 – What would you recommend for a person starting a career in blockchain? 47:30 – What’s the great question I forgot to ask?


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