The Blockchain Series: Episode 4 – Blockchain as Democracy

In understanding democracy, and how we might improve it, Democracy.Earth founder Santiago Siri is developing an entire digital ecosystem meant to update our global political systems—and it’s powered by the blockchain. We meet up, talk about how it all works, then get to see what could be the future of governments for ourselves.

0x Use Cases

0x is an open protocol that is designed to offer a peer-to-peer decentralized exchange as part of the Ethereum blockchain. 0x is made using a protocol that involves Ethereum smart contacts that allow those around the world to run a decentralized exchange. The team behind 0x strongly believes that in the future, you will find thousands of tokens from Ethereum and that 0x can provide an efficient and trustworthy way to exchange them. 0x is designed to be different from both centralized and decentralized exchanges, providing the best possible combination of features.

How DAML works!

DAM is an open-source programming language for writing distributed applications quickly, concisely, and correctly. It runs on the leading blockchain platforms which means that you can build your application now and pick which platform works best for you later. Distributed applications are an emerging paradigm and traditional languages and toolchains just aren’t up to the task. There are complexities such as cryptography and distributed state synchronization which required a ground-up redesign. DAML may not look like anything else you know but with good reason — it is years ahead of the curve. DAML abstracts the underlying implementation details so you can just focus on getting to market faster. Built-in simulation tools and a strong type system means that you can be sure that the application is doing exactly what you expect it to. Code written in DAML is also easier to maintain, so you can rapidly iterate on your application once it’s running.

Open source trends to watch in 2020

IBM Vice President of Open Technology Todd Moore shares thoughts on the coming banner year for open source, touching on Containers/Kubernetes/OpenShift, A.I. tie-ins such as Tensorflow, ONNX, and Pytorch, as well as other cloud native technologies such as Kubeflow. Look for the Java programming language to make waves in 2020 as well.

The Rise Of Open-Source Software

Open-source software powers nearly all the world’s major companies. This software is freely available, and is developed collaboratively, maintained by a broad network that includes everyone from unpaid volunteers to employees at competing tech companies. Here’s how giving away software for free has proven to be a viable business model.

What is a Dapp?

What are Dapps? Imagine having your car working away, transporting passengers while you’re at work. Imagine having your computer utilizing its spare capacity to serve businesses and people across the globe. Imagine being paid for browsing the web and taking ownership of your, arguably invaluable, attention.

Imagine a world like that.

That world is not far away.

A paradigm shift in the way we view software models is approaching. When Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, made us reassess our definition of Store of Value (SoV), it also revealed a sneak peek of the future: a world running on decentralized applications (Dapps). These distributed, resilient, transparent and incentivized applications will prove themselves to the world by remapping the technological landscape.

An Open Source History: from Linux to Bitcoin’s Blockchain

Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner and is a prominent example of open collaboration.

In this video, Rusty Russell uses his 20 years of experience writing community-produced software to discuss his open source programming experience with Linux and Bitcoin and what can be done by a group of volunteers releasing world-class software for all to use freely.

Open-source software is a widely used in the blockchain community and contributes to the currency of network “trust.”

Establishing a high level of trust is only possible when the software that powers the network is free and open source. Even a correctly distributed proprietary blockchain is essentially a collection of independent agents running the same third party’s code. Open source also facilitates innovation as different perspectives contribute to the ecosystem and keep it growing.

It’s worth mentioning that while the open nature of blockchains has been a source of innovation and variation, it has also been seen as a form of governance.  By virtue of the code itself, where users are expected to run whichever specific version of the code contains a function or approach they think the whole network should embrace, the code represents a type of governance.