Computer Science Class of '60s Speaker - James Mickens, Harvard
Thu, March 7th, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursday, March 07 @ 8:00pm in Wege Auditorium (TCL 123)
Reception to follow.
“Blockchains Are A Bad Idea (More Specifically, Blockchains Are A Very Bad Idea) “
Blockchains have been proposed as the best storage technology for a variety of use cases, e.g., supply chain management and the administration of medical records. Unfortunately, in almost all of these use cases, blockchains are a terrible fit for the actual needs of the higher-level applications. OH NO CNBC HAS LIED TO US. Using a combination of technical insights and lurid Castro-style rants, I will describe why cryptocurrency abstractions and smart contracts are not a good way to earn currency or be smart. I fully expect that somebody in the audience will challenge me to a duel; since I am a lover, not a fighter, my weapons will be poignant haikus, composed in real time, that sarcastically lament the volatility of the Bitcoin market.
Wed, June 26th, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri, June 28th, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm