‘Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy’, is a book that considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of digital currencies and blockchain technologies. It takes one beyond the currency and smart contracts to show how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth ground breaking computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking. Melanie Swan discusses concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchain, using the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital areas, creating a decentralized digital repository to verify identity. The blockchain has the potential of being a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets: finances, property, intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas. The book comprises such topics as creating cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nations, making better use of the data-mining network. The book includes how blockchain technologies could be used to monitor public health, crowdfund projects, provide community supercomputing, upload personal mind-files, and even birth artificial intelligences. LINK



Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter  Examples of decentralized p2p network concepts have been Tor, Napster, the Internet itself, and also now Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology. One way to implement the direct model is through micropayments, where users click on icons to allocate pre-specified amounts of Bitcoin or token to take community actions. The central issue in decentralized p2p content systems to be prototyped and tested is user willingness to micropay for content operations. Economic System as a Configurable Parameter is engaged in developing a software platform for decentralized content hosting communities. Conceptually, this could be like a standalone decentralized reddit. The software platform could also be deployed by existing centralized content communities (like Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow) as an offered parameter at the launch of new communities. Community participants or facilitators could choose the economic model for their community, either 1) advertising-supported (the centralized indirect model), or 2) peer-supported (the decentralized direct model). Other web properties could experiment with this platform to test both kinds of economic models, for example offering private-labeled decentralized versions of Instagram, Twitter, etc. Already-existing blockchain-based decentralized versions of social networking properties like TwisterGemsReveal, and BitCloud could further extend their functionality with the decentralized content-hosting platform.