Blockchain Basics

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We're on the precipice of a radical and disruptive new way of conducting all manner of transactions over the Internet. While still in its infancy, blockchain technology demands attention. In this introductory-level course, learn what blockchain is and what it might mean to you. Jonathan Reichental—named one of the world's top 100 CIOs in 2017—dives into blockchain technology from a conceptual perspective. The course is primarily non-technical by design, intended for those working in business leadership positions, data science, and IT management.

Jonathan begins by describing some of the current challenges with the Internet, including existing risks and security problems such as identity management. Next, he describes how traditional online databases function, so that you have a basis for how the blockchain redesigns this function. He then describes how the blockchain becomes a potential solution for many of the existing limitations of online databases. Since the blockchain has its genesis in Bitcoin—the digital currency—he provides some background on that too. He also discusses how blockchain technology actually offers new capabilities beyond simply solving old problems. To wrap up the course, Jonathan shares steps you can take in your organization to understand the implications of the blockchain.

Topics include:

  • Risk and security challenges
  • Rethinking the traditional database
  • What is the blockchain?
  • What problems does the blockchain solve?
  • Transforming transactions
  • Examples of the blockchain in action
  • Obstacles to blockchain adoption
  • Risks to existing solutions and enterprises
  • Introduction
    • Welcome and introduction

      Blockchain technology presents a radical and disruptive new way of conducting all manner of transactions over the Internet. In this course, learn what the blockchain is and what it might mean to you.

  • 1. Trusting the Internet
    • Risk and security challenges with using the Internet today

      Watch a short overview of Internet limitations, including security and identity from a business perspective.

    • Rethinking the traditional database

      Get a short explanation of how Internet databases function.

  • 2. What Is the Blockchain?
    • What problems does the blockchain solve?

      Learn about the database limitations topic and the idea of a distributed database.

    • The birth of the blockchain in bitcoin

      Explore the short history of the origin of the blockchain in bitcoin, including a bitcoin explanation.

    • What new opportunities does the blockchain enable?

      Beyond security and trust, this video discusses the idea of zero authority functioning systems and middleman elimination.

  • 3. Transforming Transactions
    • Examples of the blockchain in action today

      This tutorial covers a small set of transformational applications of the blockchain in progress today.

    • Thinking about the future of blockchain innovation

      This video features a short discussion on where we might be headed with blockchain technology.

  • 4. Challenges Ahead
    • The potential obstacles to blockchain adoption

      Learn about the current limitations of the blockchain and other adoption challenges ahead.

    • Risks to existing solutions and enterprises

      Watch a short overview of how existing enterprises may be impacted by blockchain technology.

  • Conclusion
    • Next steps

      A brief set of steps that the student should consider both educationally and within their organizations regarding blockchains.

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atieh mokhtari

simply learn what is blockchain and learn its' basics easily by this complete one hour tutorial

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