Cornell Tech Community Conversation: What Are Blockchains and What Are They Good For?
From Jane Swanson
What Are Blockchains and What Are They Good For?
Bitcoin and blockchains — the technology that makes cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin possible — have become inescapable phenomena in finance and even popular culture. Despite their rise in popularity, though, there's considerable bewilderment around blockchains and their capabilities. In this talk, Ari Juels, the Weill Family Foundation and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Professor at Cornell Tech and Co-Director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3), will aim to demystify this intriguing technology. He will explain how blockchains mean much more than Bitcoin and indeed how blockchain-based digital apes may be harbingers of our future in leisure and the arts
Ari Juels is a Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and the Technion. He is a member of the Computer Science field at Cornell University. His interests span a broad range of topics in computer security, cryptography, and privacy, including cloud security, financial cryptography, cybersecurity, user authentication, medical-device security, biometrics, and security and privacy for the Internet of Things. He was named an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35" and to Computerworld's "40 Under 40" list. Juels received a BA in Latin Literature and Mathematics from Amherst College (1991) and a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkelev (1996).