Jez San is CEO of FunFair Technologies, an ethereum-powered casino platform. A vocal supporter and critic of blockchain technologies, San was also a pioneer in real-time, 3D games.The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series.As a long time investor in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, 2017 has been remarkable. But...
You've heard of proof of work, but what about proofs of proofs of work?A complex notion, the research on "Non-Interactive Proofs of Proofs of Work," or NiPoPoW, released in October, has received very little attention so far but is heralded as breaking through one of the major roadblocks that...
Two San Francisco blockchain startups are teaming up, including one that is aiming to create a kind of decentralized Airbnb.Short-term housing rental startup Bee Token and financial services platform WeTrust are partnering to develop a "decentralized insurance layer based on crowdsourced security deposits." In other words, the deposits would...
Digital media publication Salon is offering its visitors an alternative to traditional online ads: allowing the site to use their computer processing power to mine cryptocurrency.In order to provide free content, Salon primarily depended on advertisements to run its servers, the company explained in a blog post published on...
Social media has been abuzz since Tuesday's initial sale of the forthcoming Venezuelan government-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, though reviews are so far mixed.So far, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has claimed that the country had collected a whopping $735 million during the first day of its presale for the new cryptocurrency....
A provocative new app, Bitcoin Bubble Burst, promises to keep its users ahead of what seemingly everyone, at some point, has predicted: the bitcoin apocalypse when prices plummet. Can vaunted artificial intelligence and neural networks produce predictive models useful enough to save fortunes?   Also read: Reddit’s /r/btc Reaches 100,000+ Subscribers  Predicting a Coming...
Tim Swanson is the director of research at Post Oak Labs, a U.S.-based technology advisory firm, and the former director of research at distributed ledger technology consortium R3. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review series.Imagine a parallel universe in which the U.S. economy could only grow...
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), a government initiative, is trialing the ethereum blockchain for recording government contracts.For the pilot, the NRC is using the Catena platform from blockchain startup Bitaccess for publishing information on government grants and contributions over the open-source blockchain.The effort is part of a...
The researchers behind the SPECTRE and GHOST projects have proposed a new blockchain scalability protocol.Called PHANTOM, the protocol claims to provide transaction confirmation that is "secure under any throughput that the network can support" – smart contracts included.Authors Yonatan Sompolinsky and Dr. Aviv Zohar outlined the new protocol in...
The ethereum community has broken its silence over a move to better facilitate the return of funds lost on the platform.In wake of the departure of ethereum developer Yoichi Hirai, who resigned from his role supervising the software's changes Thursday, community members have stormed Github in resounding rejection of...