Berkeley: New online course will make blockchain so clear ‘you can explain it to your grandma’. “A popular UC Berkeley course on blockchain — the complex, bewildering technology that underpins things like bitcoin — will soon be a public online course accessible to anyone across the world eager to learn about the decentralized bookkeeping method that many believe could be the future of the digital economy.” The course will be free.
Coindesk: The UK Government’s Official Archive Is Testing Blockchain. “The National Archives (TNA), the official record-keeper of the UK government, is investigating the use of blockchain for records sharing. The research project, dubbed Archangel, is being led by the University of Surrey and involves partners such as the Open Data Institute. Among other goals, the initiative will explore the extent to which blockchain can address pressing questions related to archive management.”
University at Buffalo: UB launches online blockchain course series, available to public . “Blockchain technology is expected to revolutionize the world and is advancing at an unprecedented pace. That’s why, as University at Buffalo computer science and engineering research associate professor Bina Ramamurthy says, there is urgency in supporting those who will propel it forward…. Ramamurthy is the instructor of a set of four new online courses about blockchain offered on the Coursera platform, which features 25 million registered users and courses from 150 universities.”
Cointelegraph: ‘China’s Google’ Baidu Launches Blockchain-Based Image Rights Protection Platform. “Chinese internet search giant Baidu has launched a digital image property rights management platform based on Blockchain, the company announced Wednesday, April 11. The service, called Totem, timestamps each submitted original image with a real-time identity and other user data, storing it on a traceable and immutable Blockchain.”
Finews Asia: Lattice80 Launches Fintech Database. “London-based fintech Lattice80 inaugurated «FintechDB», an artificial intelligence-powered database the firm says will become the largest global fintech network. The new financial technology data base, presently in an alpha version, is now active, providing raw data on over 11,000 startups in the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.” Fintech is a new vocabulary word for me. If you’re in the same boat, check out this article from Huffington Post..
The Next Web: Google is reportedly working on “blockchain-related” cloud technology. “Blockchain Kodak, blockchain taxis, blockchain pizza! What’s next? Why Google, of course. According to a report by Bloomberg, Google is working on ‘blockchain-related’ technology for its cloud business. It would theoretically help make customers feel their data is more secure. It could also differentiate Google from some of its competition in the cloud space. Athough at the rate things are being blockchain-ified, I’m not sure how long that would last.”
The Next Web: Wikipedia co-founder wants to put the world’s knowledge on the blockchain. “Everipedia today announced Wikipedia co-founder Dr. Larry Sanger would be joining the company as it prepares to bring its online encyclopedia to the blockchain. Blockchain is best known as the technology that Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies run on, but its applications go far beyond simply making the Winklevoss twins rich. ”