Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the DLT Chimera

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the DLT Chimera

Presented at EFMA Innovation Summit Conference, Barcelona, October 24, 2016
video: http://bit.ly/2qiRU8G
paper: “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Distributed Ledgers: Between Hype and Reality” http://ssrn.com/abstract=2832249

* Blockchain needs a native digital asset such as bitcoin;
* Bitcoin is digital gold and can be as relevant as physical gold for the history of money, finance, and civilization
* Bitcoin can scale
* Time-stamping and anchoring are promising applications
* Unrealistic expectations arise from distributed ledger hype: no reference implementation has emerged yet
* Instant settlement, cash on the ledger, shared data set, and improved automation are not easy to obtain

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Ferdinando M. Ametrano

October 24, 2016
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