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Blockchain Revolution Audiobook

Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

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Publisher's Summary

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence.

It's called the blockchain.

The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it's the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital currencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certificates to insurance claims and even votes.

Why should you care? Maybe you're a music lover who wants artists to make a living off their art. Or a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from. Perhaps you're an immigrant who's sick of paying big fees to send money home to loved ones. Or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business.

And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. This technology is public, encrypted, and readily available for anyone to use. It's already seeing widespread adoption in a number of areas. For example, forty-two (and counting) of the world's biggest financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Credit Suisse, have formed a consortium to investigate the blockchain for speedier and more secure transactions.

As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, the blockchain will create winners and losers. And while opportunities abound, the risks of disruption and dislocation must not be ignored.

Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly listenable, and utterly foundational book about the future of the modern economy. Blockchain Revolution is the business leaders' playbook for the next decade and beyond.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2016 Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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    benedikt 05-14-16
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    "Excellent to start for non techies"

    When you new to the space.

    If you did some reading already, you might feel as me that I hadn't too much new insights from what one could learn from podcasts like let's talk Bitcoin and alike.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian W. Rich 05-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Should Have Been Called "101 Uses for Blockchain""

    Overall, a disappointing compendium of use cases for Blockchain technology but not a serious treatment of the technology itself. This technology will be a game changer but I don't think the book answered the question of "Why".

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Al San Francisco, CA 06-14-16
    Al San Francisco, CA 06-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the worst books on Blockchain and bitcoin"

    This is really an academic book on blockchain and too much hype and overselling of the technology without any . too much fluff and not much content with backed up material or hypothesis, wild projections are made without thorough investigation of the technology or how specific technical elements of the blockchain help resolve some of the problems in real world. In a nut shell a sales world tour of the book without much technical know how to back it up by the authors.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Hanson 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of mistakes"

    One good example is naming Commonwealth Bank of Australia as a government department and another was the misunderstanding of game theory. often states opinion as fact.

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    Ben Sinclair 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too promotional"

    Hint: do not read any book with "Revolution" in its title.

    Unless it's about Russia in 1917. Or France in the late 18th century.

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    James 05-27-16
    James 05-27-16
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    "Not worth it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book nicely splits the difference between knowledgeable IT users and laymen. Very little for the knowledgeable, and too much magic for the laymen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott again?

    Probably not


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well organized.


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    "Vision casting but hand wavy"

    They do a good job of laying out the world that blockchain tech _could_ create, but they speaks about unlaunched ideas as though they exist and waive their hands over many of the hard sociopolitical problems that must be addressed, the chapter enumerating showstoppers notwithstanding. So it's a bit pie in the sky. Also, they tend to enumerate without depth. A new reader would be much better served by reading The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, which although older still does a much better job of mapping the lay of the land with more clarity, insight, depth, and understanding.

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    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 01-27-17
    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 01-27-17 Member Since 2017

    Husband, father, IT Leader and Innovator specializing in Retail Energy pricing and costing systems

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    "Johnny One-note, but the Note IS Interesting"

    If you know nothing of blockchain technology fear not, this book will be approachable read. I was hoping for a more detailed look into how the technology works. The author did not deliver that. At least, not in this book. What the author does deliver is a thorough view of how this disruptive technology might approach various problems. And that is where the One-note comes in. The resulting repetition has more to do with the fact that our financial systems are so fundamentally flawed and inefficient than it has to do with the author's creativity or the applicability of blockchain to problems. The author has an undeniable point, the financial system is in desperate need of revolution. The technology is naturally Liberitarian. The author tends to avoid politics. I was thankful for that.

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    Lionel 01-16-17
    Lionel 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Going beyond BTC"

    Great book to get started with thinking through the application of the block chain tech to the world as a whole.
    As most people, i became aware of the tech through BTC and other crypto currencies; the book helped me get familiar with potential broad applications of the tech.

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    Heather Leson 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "thank you"

    As a humanitarian innovator, this has been a great exercise in thinking how it will reshape aid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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