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It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.
Variously attributed to Mark Twain, Niels Bohr and Yogi Berra - used with permission

Blockchain may be best known as the information technology upon which cryptocurrencies are built. While this is a prominent application of blockchain, it isn't the only one.

So, what other uses exist for blockchain? It appears to this writer that the potential uses are too numerous to list here. Examples include, but are definitely not limited to, the following: A digital wiki encyclopedia which rewards contributors via public EOS blockchain technology. A blockchain-based system to enhance the protection of intellectual property for artists. There may even be the beginnings of a blockchain based system for consumers to verify that producers' claims as to the safety and…

The Land of Steady Habits is the debut novel by Ted Thompson, published in 2014. It was adapted into a Netflix original movie in 2018. The novel is literary fiction, set among the upper classes of Connecticut, detailing both their privilege and their discontent.

The protagonist of the book is one Anders Harris, a former financier in his 60s, suffering emotional and physical burnout, as well as the dissolution of his marriage to his wife Helene, and the continuing problems of his…

USD Coin (USDC) is stablecoin that is pegged to the United States dollar. It is open source and runs on the Ethereum blockchain. The USDC is the second most widely-used dollar-based stablecoin, after Tether.

Each USDC is backed by an actual dollar held in reserve. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only stablecoin to currently do this (Tether used to, but no longer does). While the technical process is a bit more complicated, you can think of the USDC as a coin that is…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

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