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Brian Forde, head of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, probes the future possibilities of blockchain technology

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Writing in WIRED magazine, ex-White House senior advisor Brian Forde explains how the technology underlying bitcoin, the blockchain, has taken own a life of its own, with institutional interest in blockchains almost reaching a frenzy.

Although bitcoin was initially thought of in narrow terms as an alternative currency to the dollar and other fiat currencies, Brian notes that experts in other fields are now actively looking at how the blockchain can be used for non-monetary uses. For example, entrepreneurs and developers are building applications on top of the blockchain that could publicly and immutably record everything from the birth of a child to a transfer of property ownership.

Brian points out that timestamps, ledgers and digital signatures have been around for many years, but this combination unlocks the opportunity for many new and consequential innovations. He argues that – in a similar fashion to the internet’s facilitation of instant, global communication – a combination of time-stamped and digitally signed transactions hosted on an accessible ledger could play an important role. They could help governments reduce friction and increase transparency associated with important transactions.

Since being brought in to head MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) in 2015, Brian has made great strides in highlighting the benefits of bitcoin and the blockchain to those both inside and outside of the prestigious university.

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David Rowan in conversation with Nest Founder/CEO Tony Fadell

David Rowan, popular keynote speaker and Editor of Wired UK, recently interviewed Tony Fadell, the Founder/CEO of Nest and angel investor, on how he brought a touch of Apple to Google.

Tony discusses what Google saw in his team, why Nest intends to be the dashboard to the connected home, the “conspiracy theories” about Google’s intentions regarding data collection from home appliances — and what lessons from Apple he can bring to his new owners.

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To find out more about David Rowan, or to book him as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leovbq@chartwellpartners.co.uk or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

David Rowan’s WIRED magazine blog

Editor of WIRED magazine UK, David Rowan is an expert on future trends and technology. His WIRED magazine blog is a varied and interesting read, in it David shares his experiences and thoughts on events and forums he has attended, the latest technological developments and the lessons he has learned.

As a speaker, David is an excellent story-teller and aims to make the rapid advances in technology comprehensible to a wider audience.

To book David Rowan as a speaker for your conference or client event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk, at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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