Ben van Lier: Blockchain: distributed transactions that will radically change the world

The American mathematician and A.M. Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport is one of the founding fathers of distributed computing and distributed algorithms. Back in 1978, he defined distributed computing thus: “A distributed system consists of a collection of distinct processes which are spatially separated, and which communicate with each other by exchanging messages. A network of interconnected computers such as the ARPANET is a distributed system.” [1] In an age when there were no such things as the internet, the Internet of Things or advanced manufacturing, he worked on distributed algorithms that have helped make these developments possible. Without the trailblazing by this founding father of distributed computing, today's blockchain technology hype would have been unthinkable.

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