Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/2/17
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Melanie Swan is the Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies and a Contemporary Philosophy MA candidate at Kingston University London and Université Paris VIII. She has a traditional markets background with an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and work experience at Fidelity and JP Morgan. She has a new markets background as an entrepreneur and advisor to startups GroupPurchase and Prosper, and developed virtual world digital asset valuation and accounting principles for Deloitte. She was involved in the early stages of the Quantified Self movement, and founded DIYgenomics in 2010, an organization that pioneered the crowdsourced health research study. She is an instructor at Singularity University, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a contributor to the Edge’s Annual Essay Question.
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I wish it could go way deeper in a Blockchain architecture and the methodologies to create your own blockchain as well as the way to exploit existing ones.
Anyway, this book contains Case Studies that are really interesting and they will help anybody willing to dive into the Blockchain technology.
Melanie Swan is a renown writer of some skill, and has tremendous credibility in the field of blockchain. She's done Ted Talks and the University circuit (was just at mine last week) and is a techno-evangelist for blockchain - mainly, its potential for our economy. Currently I'm working on a PhD on blockchain, so I read everything on the topic (despite ratings) but I expected more from Swan in this book, and the fact that it is an O'Reilly text.
Pros: Provides a good primer on blockchain; is a quick introduction to the concept and its application; can be read easily and quickly without previous knowledge of the field; introduces many field-specific terms.
Cons: The book is light and thin; its printed length is only 130 pages including appendices and index; you will finish it in 2-3 hours (one night for most people); it reads like a seminar; it lacks any real depth into the topic; it is dated (was written in 2014 at the cusp of blockchain's exposure).
O'Reilly no doubt went light with this one to rush into the market space on blockchain for 2015; but as we head into 2018 there are many more books that can give a much better overview or managerial summary, including some fairly advanced web resources. However, it still gets 3 stars because for what is written, it is applicable and educational, and hints at the true knowledge Swan holds on the topic.
Das Buch hat man an einem Tag runtergelesen. Als erstes Buch ok - mehr aber auch nicht.
Given that O'Reilly also published a pretty good book on Bitcoin ("Mastering Bitcoin"), I was disappointed to find that this was not as enlightening.