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[Nettime-nl] Michel Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain
Geert Lovink on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:48:25 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] Michel Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain

http://www.codedmatters.nl/event/michel-bauwens-blockchain/ <http://www.codedmatters.nl/event/michel-bauwens-blockchain/>
FIBER and De Brakke Grond present ‘Michel Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain – Future applications of decentralized databases’. This event is part of ‘All Futures Memories’ (De Brakke Grond) and is FIBER’s 12th edition of their Coded Matter(s) event serie.

The rise of the infamous cryptocurrency Bitcoin has sparked interest in another revolutionary technology: the blockchain, which has been predicted to greatly alter the world we live in. FIBER and De Brakke Grond Centre for the Arts presents a night of discussions between Flemish cyber-philosopher Michel Bauwens and leading artists, designers, and researchers on the applications and implications of the blockchain.

The blockchain is a decentralised ledger that forms the basis behind the controversial technology Bitcoin. Apart from cryptocurrency, the blockchain has various other potential applications. At Coded Matter(s) #12, Michel Bauwens will contextualize these potentials as part of his ongoing research on peer-to-peer practices around the world, reflecting on how this phenomenon contributes to a new social order that prioritizes achieving common goals over for-profit corporations. A group of designers, researchers and artists will accompany Bauwens to discuss current and future applications of the blockchain, and its revolutionary potentials.

Talks by
– Michel Bauwens [BE]
– Vinay Gupta [UK]
– Primavera de Filippi [FR]
– Jaromil [IT/NL]
– Michelle Kasprzak (CA/NL) – moderator
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