Babbling on about blockchain: A round-table discussion on what DLT can really offer. With Igor Pejic (Blockchain Babel), Izabella Kaminska (FT Alphaville), Lex Sokolin (Autonomous Research), and Kathleen Tyson (Granularity).
To be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12.30-2.15pm.
At Armourers’ Hall, 81 Coleman St, London EC2R 5BJ.
As one or two of you may know, I remain to be convinced of the wonders of blockchain; it seems to me that “unpermissioned” ones are impractical (slow and expensive) and that “permissioned” ones aren’t that different from bog-standard centralised systems. But I have been wrong before (too often) – and I stand ready to be convinced/corrected.
Hence this round-table, which takes as its starting point publication of an important book on the subject entitled “Blockchain Babel: The cryptocraze and the challenge to business” (Kogan Page, 2019). Its author is Igor Pejic – which strikes me as a great name for a blockchain techie. His background is in banking and payments, latterly at BNP Paribas; before that he was a business journalist. His work on blockchain made him a finalist in the 2016 Bracken Bower Prize, awarded by McKinsey and the FT. His book (of which copies will be available) is described as “sobering, intelligent and audacious”, and a must-read “for anyone involved in future business developments if they don’t want to miss the blockchain revolution.” Oh well…
Fortunately, it won’t be (just) me responding. To kick off the discussion, we have three distinguished authorities:
This is bound to be a lively discussion. If you would like to join it, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, there will be wine and sandwiches to dull the pain.