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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.

©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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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Al
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 06-14-16

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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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".

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What exactly are they writing about?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Explaining the block chain in good detail (without getting technical) and then explaining the mechanics of those things that have already been implemented with the block chain.

What could Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I am only half way done the book and I feel like I am wasting my time listening to it. There is so much of what I would consider fluff in this book. Talking about telephone poles that could create a multi-node network has nothing to do with the blockchain. I feel like there are examples of many things given where the blockchain is not even necessary. If I am missing the bigger picture, I'll give them partial credit for doing a really bad job painting it.<br/><br/>Warning, rant follows:<br/>It's as if he found out about the steering wheel and started talking about how this thing will enable cars. Cars that go fast, cars that carry things, cars that might have 4 seats or even 6 seats. Cars that could have computers on them, cars that ... you get the picture. the steering wheel is great, but by no means guarantees the real necessary components of a vehicle (power?, Transmission?). Furthermore, the steering wheel is not the only solution. You could still have a car steered by peddles, sticks, etc.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Cummings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to other novels

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness and disappointment. I feel like the book is too long and did not even hit on what I wanted.

Any additional comments?

I appreciate the enthusiasm, but the message was lost.

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  • John
  • Riverton, Ut, United States
  • 12-15-17

Why Bitcoin? What is Crypto? Read this for the “why”

What is blockchain? Read this book! If you want to understand the hype of Bitcoin, Litecoin, Etherium and other altcoins then read this book for a good base of understanding.

In short, after a dozen or so in the general topic of Blockchain and it’s more commonly discussed usage as Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency, this is the Best book so far. It gives some great context on how the blockchain is, can, and could be used to solve some real world log jams to prosperity. After reading/listening to this book you should be able to separate yourself from not only those that wonder about this bitcoin crypto thing but you will join the too small pool of people that feel that “ahh ha!” light of understanding as it clicks on inside your head.

If you want to invest in crypto but don’t know how or why, read this and you will understand that bitcoin is simply one tool of what may be millions of uses in the near future. Then when you see a Why ripple is maybe useful. Why the fast transaction speed of Lightcoin or something like it will be needed for everyday transactions. Why blockchain storage with say Siacoin might be worth your attention. Maybe Etherium based Smart contracts could be the non-literal “gas” that literally powers industry interaction and obligations. The are so many options but after this book you might just be able to find that hidden gem that solves a real world issue on a global scale. Not only can you notice it but now you can recognize. Maybe for pennies or a few dollars, you help make it happen.

Right now BTC is just over $17,000. ETH is playing in the low $700 range. LTE is $300. XRP is under a dollar at $0.70. Im sure some of these drop below this but if you are reading this in a year say at the end of 2018, I imagine these are still real assets and I would guess these numbers seem better then a $5 share of Apple because each of these stands to make a real world issue better.

Read this book and now there a chance you noticed and realized the blockchain solution that changed your world. Maybe it’s an app (DAP) built on the blockchain that you use to make your life better. Maybe you identified a tool for use by your company. Perhaps you bought in to a new blockchain offering for pennies and it’s now more important than today’s top 10. In any case you at the least will have a better understanding of what to look for.

I won’t say these are cons but some take aways for me. Some of the reference points used are now dated 2 or more years and that’s an eternity in this blockchain world but like a good textbook, the pictures it paints are solidly useful. Some of the topics are redundant but perhaps still helpful as different angles on similar solutions? Some time is spent on topics that could be summarized better but again not bad, a couple times I just felt it was just extra talking. Perhaps the 10+ hours could have been done with an 8+ hour read?

For me, I’m going to listen to this again but this time with a notepad and my imagination better tuned in. For you, if you searched for this by looking for blockchain and not bitcoin good luck! I think you’ll enjoy this book. If you found this looking for bitcoin...prepare to stop looking through one small window of the future. This book starts your tour of entire universe you might not even know about.