Date: Friday, 4th August

Time: 16:30

Location: Room 321 @ McConnell

Speaker: Carlos G. Oliver
Title: An introduction to blockchain technology and implications for science

Abstract: The development of blockchain frameworks as de-centralized databases has been one of the most important technological advances of the past decade. While most people are aware of this technology through the success of the Bitcoin currency, it is the invention of blockchain that supports Bitcoin that is likely to have a deep and long term impact on many aspects of life. In this talk I will present the basic theory and algorithms behind blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and next-generation blockchain. Finally, I will discuss some applications of this technology for the scientific community.