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tech talk
For example, after several high-profile recalls last decade, Dole adopted
blockchain across all vegetable processing, for millions of pounds of lettuce, spinach, and coleslaw. Customers
at Walmart can now check where their
food comes from by scanning a code
used by farmers. Dole is planning to
apply it to fruit processing next.
Future of Blockchain
While originally only used to document Bitcoin transactions, blockchain
technology exploded in 2020, and
It is peer-to-peer
the global blockchain market size is
electronic governance
forecasted to grow exponentially. The
financial sector is likely to lead the
free of human error
way, and some of that is influenced by
COVID. As people are out less and are
exact document/ledger at the same time. If there
A lot of talk about the value of
more concerned about touching physical money,
is not consensus the networks ignore the change.
blockchain is around its use for " smart " contracts.
When a digital transaction is carried out, it is stored banks will look to streamline and modernize operaThe evolution could be thought of as how you
tions with things like contactless transactions and
in a cryptographically protected 'block,' governed
once (and probably still) emailed forms back and
redesigned financial services.
forth to one another. Then we got fillable pdf forms by rules defined by a governing body, such as an
Hopefully, this will all be seamless to you as a
that you could save onto your own computer; then industry consortium, or a predetermined group of
consumer, making your digital financial and other
members.
things could live on the cloud or be shared via
transactions easier and more secure.
And to be clear, we are not just talking about
Google Docs. Even there, think how annoying it
docs. This is just a metaphor. " The Blockchain...is
is when someone makes a 'stupid' (anything you
DEANNA SHOSS, CEO Intercultural Talk,
don't agree with) change to a Google Doc. Sure - an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transacInc., helps non-digital natives promote
their businesses or life projects with
there's only one version that everyone is updating, tions that can be programmed to record not just
digital, intercultural and real-life marketfinancial transactions but virtually everything of
but anyone can make changes with no approval
ing. Deanna writes for National Diversity
value. " (Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain
Council and is the tech columnist for
from the others.
GRAND (ital). Learn more InterculturalRevolution (2016)
In Blockchain, all on the network have the same
Talk.com
What people like about Blockchain
technology is that it stores blocks of
information that are identical across
its network - so it's not controlled by
a single entity and has no single point
of failure. None of the participants can
alter the ledger and all can trace it. " It
is peer-to-peer electronic governance
free of human error, " says Hubert. As
a result, " you can't cook these books, "
he adds.

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