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Monday, December 30, 2019

Bring Blockchain Undertanding into Physical World

Fascinating to see how the emergence of new tech is quickly tried against problems, and older metaphors are used to improve understanding. 

Bringing the Blockchain into the Physical World
Lancaster University
July 10, 2019

Computer scientists at the Universities of Lancaster and Edinburgh in the U.K., and the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, have developed a kit containing everyday objects that can help people understand how digital blockchains work. The kit, known as BlocKit, includes items such as plastic tubs, clay discs, padlocks, envelopes, sticky notes, and battery-powered candles, which fulfill the roles of different parts of the blockchain, to make it easier to understand how it works. Said University of Lancaster researcher Corina Sas, "We received very positive feedback from the people who used the kit in our study and, interestingly, we found that the BlocKit can also be used by designers looking to develop new services based around blockchain, such as managing patients' health records for example."

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