Specialized workforce needed as crypto and blockchain courses enter colleges
Although useful, it may take some time for all major universities and colleges to start offering blockchain and cryptocurrency courses. For example, Lupien noted that limited resources are a challenge for universities looking to expand their curriculum. “As a nascent technology, there are few faculty that have both the academic credentials as well as the experience to effectively teach this technology — but that is changing rapidly,” Lupien said.
Moreover, students might question the relevance of these courses due to the fact that crypto and blockchain aren’t entirely mainstream. Piergiacomo Palmisani, vice president of the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation — a nonprofit organization helping universities incorporate blockchain curriculum — told Cointelegraph that for students, the challenge is to get them interested enough to choose a career in blockchain over a safe and well-paid job in tech, finance or any other field. “I believe that, as more success stories come out of the crypto industry, students will be more attracted to it,” he said.
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Bitcoin is green technology
Is Bitcoin a wasteful use of energy?
Of course not! Every system has financial and ecological costs, but how many systems are measuring practical ROI?
People focus on Bitcoin’s consumption, but not Visa’s, for example. Have you considered what Bitcoin can create per kilowatt compared to what the centralized economy can do with the same kilowatt? All systems have consumption which is repurposed in the attempt to create extra value so that efficiencies can be sold to the world in order to make profit. But the real question should be if there’s more profit to be made by using Bitcoin as a tool for efficiency rather than other existing solutions.
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Decentralized Finance Is Building A New Financial System
DeFi challenges this centralized financial system by disempowering middlemen and gatekeepers, and empowering everyday people via peer-to-peer exchanges.
“Decentralized finance is an unbundling of traditional finance,” says Rafael Cosman, CEO and co-founder of TrustToken. “DeFi takes the key elements of the work done by banks, exchanges and insurers today—like lending, borrowing and trading—and puts it in the hands of regular people.”
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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals.
“We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies,” says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it’s worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.
1. Open Garden (mesh)
2. Commotion Router (mesh)
3. Twister (P2P alternative social network)
4. The Edison (wearable chip)
5. BitCloud (autonomous Internet)
6. The Internet of Things
7. WunderBar (starter kit)
8. The Wireless Registry
9. Dot-Bit (autonomous Internet)
11. Ethereum (crytp ledger)
12. Smart Contracts
13. Smart Property
14. P2P Payments
15. P2P Lending
16. Crowdsourcing Civic Engagement
17. Civic Crowdfunding
18. Decentralized Urban Farming
19. Farm Hack
20. MOOCS and Online Learning Platforms
21. Coming Soon: Identify, Trust and Data
Read full article with 25 minute video, photos, and multiple exemplar links for each of the technologies.