This is the third of four articles on the program and goals of Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress. For more on the event, and to purchase a ticket, visit www.blockchainconvergence.com.
In the second article of this series, we looked at those parts of the Convergence program dealing with the big questions of blockchain, decentralisation and society. But there are many convergent trends on the technical and legal/regulatory level too. For those looking for more detail on blockchain as a technology as well as a force for innovation, these sessions should be of interest too.
Tech Convergence (12 November 11:15-12:45)
Blockchain is well known as the technology of decentralisation. But “decentralisation”, if it should happen, will most likely be driven by a suite of technologies, including in particular AI, IoT and Big Data. The session starts off with Roberto Viola, the EC’s Director General of Communications Networks, Content and Technology, will talk about the impact of technological convergence on human behavior – how will our new technologies, and the new capabilities built upon them, is likely to affect how we live, learn and work? We also welcome a panel of Oxford’s David Shrier, Oracle’s Martijn Vlek, Erica Andrade from NOSI Akademia in Cape Verde, Telefonica’s Christoph Steck and Cristina Aranda Gutierrez from TAiGER, to talk about the “marriage made in heaven” between blockchain, AI and Big Data. Other expert sessions include a deep dive into blockchain and quantum networks, and blockchain as a means to support cyber security.
Session 6: Interoperability and Standardisation (13 November 11:15 – 13:00)
Standards are one of the sine qua nons of new technologies. By ensuring interoperability and ease of use they are one of the keys to mass adoption.