TED Talks On Blockchain

Note from the Publisher:  I’m a big fan of TED Talks, and I’ve learned all kinds of obtuse information there over the years.  TED is where I first learned of the term “multipotentialite” (bingo, that’s me!) that was hugely transformative for me, and I watched another talk about wet suits desgined with stripes that seem to repel sharks, and yet another speech about how ant movement can be used to simulate computer programs.  I’ve learned about breathtaking architectural design and synthetic meat and endless arrays of other fascinating topics.  So, just in the last two months, BLOCKCHAIN has hit the TED lexicon.  In August, blockchain “rock star” Don Tapscott gave a speech about blockchain and its far ranging potential applications, and earlier this month, trust researcher Rachel Botsman gave a speech referencing blockchain as well.  We admit, we did not transcibe the speeches for you here, but we are including the links for these two TED Talks, should you find 35 minutes somwhere in your week to check these speeches out.

“Don Tapscott – Digital Strategist

Don Tapscott takes the long view on our digital, connected, hyper-collaborative world.

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.”

Don Tapscott TED Talk Link


“Rachel Botsman – Trust Researcher

Rachel Botsman is a recognized expert on how collaboration and trust enabled by digital technologies will change the way we live, work, bank and consume.

Something profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society — if we get it right. Who do you trust?”

Rachel Botsman TED Talk Link