Last month I spent a week in Moscow where I spoke at the Skolkova Robotics Forum on Smart Matter: 4 Things That Are Making Every “Thing” Smart. While there, I happened to visit a very unique gallery in the heart of Russia’s top cybernetics institute, the National University of Science and Technology, or MISiS.

There, I met Anna Karganova, the director of the Russian Abstract Art Foundation, and Olga Uskova, its president. (Olga is also a scientist, CEO, and self driving car technologist.) After viewing some of the art, our conversation surprisingly turned to blockchain.

To put it mildly, that’s not what I expected from an art historian. But as the conversation developed, it became clear that artists and curators are looking to blockchain as a possible solution to three problems in art.

Provenance, or where an artwork came from, is always a challenge. Fraud will be an issue as long as people are paying millions of dollars for famous paintings.

And knowledge about the art is something that curators are always hoping to share. Here’s a summary of our conversation: Karganova: In the future, within just 5-7 years, blockchain technology will significantly increase the safety level for all participants of the art process. Read more from inc.com…

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