Meanwhile, McKinsey & Company, considers blockchain technology to have practical value in other areas. Examples are found in insurance, supply chains, and capital markets, in which distributed ledgers can tackle pain points including inefficiency, process opacity, and fraud. Source: McKinsey & Company: Blockchain Technology Isn’t Living Up to the Hype –, Georgi Georgiev |…

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“Do you really need the Merc (the Chicago Mercantile Exchange)? Do you really need people doing that trading? It could become commodity trading without commodity traders. You can trade commodities and have proof positive that you bought it, you hedged it, you transferred it and it’s gone to the warehouse, all done from your desk, and its data you can trust,” Kennedy said

Source: Blockchain altering ag commodities trading, John Hart | December 05, 2018

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Player ownership of game assets is one core area. In traditional video games, in-game items and player characters are owned by game developers. They, and the games, are often run on servers. Storing the items and characters on the blockchain allows for a decentralized, immutable record of ownership that can be separate from the gaming company and its servers.

This, in turn, can help make in-game virtual assets more valuable, liquid, and worth collecting, as players in essence own the virtual items. Trading in-game virtual assets on the blockchain through smart contracts allows for peer-to-peer transactions that can be accessed by anyone on the blockchain, negating the need for centralized control. At the same time, it removes some of the issues connected to fraud.

Source: How Blockchain Is Changing Computer Gaming, Marc Prosser, December 01, 2018

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We’ve demonstrated time and time again that with enough human and financial capital and time, we can overcome great technical challenges. Gartner talks about how, over time and at the end of a hype cycle, a productive equilibrium is ultimately reached. Well-funded pioneers are hard at work to create something truly meaningful and useful with the technology. But it will take time. Wise leaders will change their perspective to look past the noise in the space to uncover the work of true consequence that is well underway today.

Source: Don’t Throw the Blockchain Babies out with the Bathwater, Alison McCauley, November 18, 2018

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On this week’s episode of Odd Lots we speak to Angus Champion de Crespigny, who formerly advised companies on how to use blockchain technology, but who now believes that ultimately it won’t get them anywhere. In our discussion, he explains the limitations of the technology, and where he sees actual opportunities.

Why Blockchain May Never Benefit Corporations by Odd Lots

Why Blockchain May Never Benefit Corporations

As someone who’s been involved in both public and private blockchain development, there is an element of truth to Angus’ statements. But advisors at various projects probably said the same of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) back in the early 70s, if they were born yet 🙂

Enterprise/private blockchain is EDI, re-architected.

— Steven

Source: A Former Blockchain Believer Explains Why It Will Never Benefit Corporations – Bloomberg, Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway, November 19, 2018

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On top of ensuring farmers from within developing nations receive a fair price on the goods they export, the BlocRice project also aims to introduce cashless payments. In collaboration with Acleda bank, the project will assist farmers in their attempt to reach banking services – something than many rural Cambodian regions are currently unable to access.

Source: Leading Charity Oxfam Launches Blockchain-Based Rice Project, Kane Pepi, November 19, 2018

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Before buying an item, conscientious shoppers can open their VeChain app, scan a product’s NFC chip and retrieve data about that particular item including the material that has been used, the artist’s ID, colo, supplier, factory name and more relevant information.

Source: The Blockchain Technology Penetrates The Fashion World: H&M Empire Gives VeChain A Try | Crypto Update, November 18, 2018

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