Blockchain’s moment in the sun is finally here. It’s remarkable.

Databases are a fairly unsexy technology, but blockchain has made the distributed database idea both mainstream and cool. The rush on cryptocurrency, highlighted by Bitcoin topping out at $20,000, has brought blockchain technology into the public eye.

The ideas behind blockchain aren’t new. The Merkle tree, a structure used by the blocks on a blockchain, has been around since 1979, and the underlying concept of the cryptographic hash has been around since at least the 1950s.

When the concept of “blockchain” was first put forward in Satoshi Nakamoto’s now-famous bitcoin… This story continues at The Next Web Read more from…

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