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Ben van Lier

The fourth industrial revolution and blockchain

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 21 oktober 2016

In 1954, German philosopher Martin Heidegger[1] argued that the essence of modern technology “shows itself in what we call enframing”. Heidegger uses the concept of enframing to determine how technology develops, surrounds us and conditions our perception of the world. For Heikkerö, the concept of enframing consequently refers to “a way of disclosing the world”[2]. Today, the process of technology enframing reality is characterised by networked applications such as smartphones, tablets and an unprecedented range of sensors that enable us and these devices to communicate and interact in both the physical world and the cyber world through networks. This is changing the world and our perception of it, without us wondering what the essence is of this technological shift and what how these changes will affect our lives and work over the coming years.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

The fourth industrial revolution and blockchain

Ben van Lier
21 oktober 2016


Ben van Lier

Smart grids, blockchain and self-organising systems

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 15 augustus 2016

In his blog post on the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ Reidel stated [1] that “The true wonder of the fourth industrial revolution won’t be the data produced; it will be intelligent machines’ capacity to analyze those data and communicate their findings within a network of similarly intelligent machines. Then, each connected machine will act, altering its processes to be more efficient and communicating those changes back to its network”. In this process of preparing and executing information transactions between distributed operating machines, Reidel sees a role for the blockchain. In his view, the blockchain can inspire mutual trust between the machines involved in the information transactions and their stakeholders.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Smart grids, blockchain and self-organising systems

Ben van Lier
15 augustus 2016


Ben van Lier

Blockchain, Cyber-Physical Systems and Cybersecurity

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 13 mei 2016

Cyber-physical systems combine physical objects (such as smart TVs) or systems (such as autonomous cars) with integrated computing facilities and data storage. Such cyber-physical systems can be interconnected in networks, within which they can exchange and share data and information with other objects and systems. Siemens refers to this sort of network of distributed and autonomous systems as a Web of Systems.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchain, Cyber-Physical Systems and Cybersecurity

Ben van Lier
13 mei 2016


Ben van Lier

Blockchain, distributed ledgers and learning machines

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 08 april 2016

Over the past few decades, the concept of fault-tolerant systems has become essential for the functioning of systems such as aeroplanes. According to Wensley and Lamport et al. [1], fault tolerance is achieved by making as much use of software programs as possible. Software programs enable distributed systems to reach a consensus and run decision-making procedures that let them execute information transactions independently. Running these consensus procedures requires what are known as voter routines, which enable the efficient and effective voting needed for systems to reach a consensus and make decisions. Once made, decisions are recorded in a distributed ledger based on a protocol. Decisions have to be recorded consistently and irreversibly in distributed ledgers as one block, so that the whole can permanently function as a virtual unit, while also offering a steady overview of previous decisions.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchain, distributed ledgers and learning machines

Ben van Lier
08 april 2016


Ben van Lier

Blockchain, distributed ledgers and the Paxos protocol

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 29 februari 2016

In his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab wrote [1]: “The digital revolution is creating radically new approaches that revolutionize the way in which individuals and institutions engage and collaborate. For example, the blockchain, often described as a distributed ledger, is a secure protocol where a network of computers collectively verifies a transaction before it can be recorded and approved”. In Schwab‘s view this blockchain is, in essence: “a shared, programmable, cryptographically secure and therefore trusted ledger which no single user controls and which can be inspected by everyone.”  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchain, distributed ledgers and the Paxos protocol

Ben van Lier
29 februari 2016


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