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Bebo White, ‘Bitcoin and Blockchain’
September 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hardly a day goes by without a news story about Bitcoin, the best-known and strongest cybercurrency. Opinions on Bitcoin run the spectrum, from those who view it as mainly a vehicle for criminal activity to those who praise its ability to empower people disenfranchised by traditional financial systems. One of the most important legacies of the Bitcoin technology is the introduction of the Blockchain ecosystem. As a network of replicated databases, Blockchain has been proposed to address integrity issues of numerous systems other than Bitcoin.
In this lecture, Bebo White will explains the fundamentals behind Bitcoin, including Blockchain and the mining process. He will also address why, in his opinion, these systems should be taken seriously and will discuss how they have initiated important discussions, applications and research opportunities.
Bebo White is a departmental associate emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University’s basic energy science and high-energy physics laboratory. Prior to retiring, White worked at SLAC as a computational physicist and senior computing information systems analyst. He is also a visiting professor of computer science at the University of Hong Kong and an adjunct professor of integrated systems management at the University of San Francisco.