Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy (Paperback)

Melanie Swan



Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency ("Blockchain 1.0") and smart contracts ("Blockchain 2.0") to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking.

Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas.

Topics include:

  • Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchain
  • Using the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavors
  • Enabling censorship?resistant organizational models
  • Creating a decentralized digital repository to verify identity
  • Possibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nations
  • Blockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining network
  • Personal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic data
  • Open access academic publishing on the blockchain

This book is part of an ongoing O’Reilly series. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies introduces Bitcoin and describes the technology behind Bitcoin and the blockchain. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.



作者Melanie Swan是區塊鏈研究所的創始人,她解釋說,區塊鏈本質上是一個公共分類帳,具有成為全球分散記錄的潛力,可以用於登記、盤點和轉移所有資產,不僅僅是金融資產,還包括財產和無形資產,如選票、軟體、健康數據和想法。


- 比特幣和區塊鏈的概念、特點和功能
- 使用區塊鏈自動追蹤所有數位努力
- 實現抗審查的組織模型
- 創建一個分散式數位存儲庫以驗證身份
- 提供更便宜、更高效的傳統國家服務的可能性
- 將區塊鏈應用於科學:更好地利用數據挖掘網絡
- 個人健康記錄存儲,包括訪問自己的基因數據
- 在區塊鏈上進行開放訪問的學術出版