What Is Blockchain?

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I attempted to write an article about Blockchain in February and failed! I tried to write an article, but the article kept on growing until I realized that the only way I could do justice to the topic was to write a book about it. Which is what I’ve done. My first full-length book is nearly finished. I expect this to be available for purchase around the beginning of 2019, though it is possible that there may be some slight delays. It’s called The Blockchain Code, and I will let you know more about it in future articles.

The last thing I would have expected to do was to write a book about Blockchain. I serve on a technology advisory group for the State Bar of Arizona. In late 2017, I received a request to help the State Bar’s continuing legal education (CLE) efforts by teaching a class about Blockchain. I provided some of my thoughts and suggested some potential resources for the CLE, though I declined to serve as a presenter.

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A few months later, a staff member of the State Bar visited my office in person and requested that I write an article on the topic. She was very insistent and persuasive. She handed me a copy of the then hot-off-the-presses February 2018 edition of Arizona Attorney, the State Bar of Arizona magazine. The cover featured a single topic, “BLOCKCHAIN: What it means for clients, contracts – and law practice.” We discussed the buzz in the legal industry around Blockchain and how it was supposed to revolutionize the legal and other professions. I explained how I declined an earlier opportunity to present a CLE on the topic. She said something to the effect of “Dave, what the heck are you doing? At least write an article!”

Now that I’ve written an entire book and understand many of the nuances of Blockchain I can write a concise article that accurately describes the technology. As an exercise, I just created this article, but I’m not going to publish it. I can create a decent and accurate summary of what Blockchain is within about 500 words. The problem is, for any reader that isn’t extremely familiar with Blockchain already (approaching Blockchain software developer-level understanding), my accurate summary will likely be too complicated to understand. Even worse, most people who (falsely) believe they already understand Blockchain will likely disagree with my explanation.

Blockchain is a confusing technology unless you genuinely understand it deeply. It is a technology that is all too easy to think you understand, when you actually don’t. Simple, high-level explanations by Blockchain “experts” belie the truth.

Blockchain is a confusing technology unless you genuinely understand it deeply. It is a technology that is all too easy to think you understand, when you actually don’t. Simple, high-level explanations by Blockchain “experts” belie the truth. I’ve spent the better part of 2018 working on this book. I’ve read computer code that creates the Bitcoin blockchain. I’ve written an entire book that describes this all in an easy-to-understand format with small bite-sized chapters.

Blockchain technology is a complex topic and virtually every article I have read skims the surface and presents an incomplete and highly stilted picture of the technology. I don’t want to be the next person to attempt to try to describe this technology adequately in an article and fail. At least not yet. I have a book that will make it all clear that you will be able to read it very soon.

I can tell you that there are some that proclaim that Blockchain is the solution for a number of problems plaguing humanity. There are others that denounce Blockchain, Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency in terms ranging from hype to scam. So, what’s the truth? Is there hype and scam surrounding Blockchain? Absolutely! Are there grandiose plans to change the world as well? Yes, there are. These plans are very real, and the scope is enormous.

For an accurate understanding of Blockchain, you’ll have to read…

The Blockchain Code: Decrypt the Jungle of Complexity to Win the Crypto-Anarchy Game Coming soon!

For more information, see blockchaincodebook.comDave Kinsey

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