The Economist: The revolution beyond bitcoin

In 2015 “blockchain” technology evolved from a novel backwater to a mainstream matter. A clear distinction has been drawn between bitcoin and other crypto­currencies, on one side, and the technology that underpins them (now known as “distributed-ledger technology”). Today, virtually every large financial institution is exploring it. What was hailed as a great disruptive force for incumbents has evolved into an even greater enabler for them. In 2016 the first commercial implementations will start to be rolled out.

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