If you listen to zealots and critics, blockchain-based systems and the cryptocurrencies they enable are either the Best Thing Ever or the Worst Thing Ever. As you may suspect, the reality is somewhere in-between. We will introduce the major ideas, technologies and players as well as evaluate them from technological, economic and social perspectives.
Come have a spin-free discussion about these polarizing technologies to find how they might be useful to you.
Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.More About Brian »