Enterprise Blockchain Fails Because It’s About the Real World

Blockchain has come a long way since its 2008 debut as the ingenious technology underlying Bitcoin. Today companies and governments the world over are exploring new applications in which blockchains track, not the flow of digital currency, but things and events in the real world. But this tether to reality is enterprise blockchain’s Achilles heel.

To see why, let’s go back to where it all began. When bitcoin first appeared, a common reaction was: Why would anyone exchange their hard-earned dollars for that? The answer, it’s become clear, is that bitcoin is valuable, and that is a good reason to own some – or, better put, to hold some. How much bitcoin you and everyone else holds is recorded in the Bitcoin blockchain.

Martin Glazier is a philosopher at the University of Hamburg, where he focuses on metaphysics, science, logic and language.

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SMART Learning Suite Wins Best Education Collaboration Solution Award

CALGARY, AB, April 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — SMART Technologies, the edtech leader with a 30-year track record of pioneering learning solutions that encourage student collaboration and engagement, announced that its popular SMART Learning Suite (SLS) software is the winner in the 2021 EdTech Awards “Collaboration Solution” category.

The honor, awarded by EdTech Digest, recognizes SLS for empowering teachers to deliver active, immersive learning experiences regardless of whether students are at home or in a classroom, using any device with a web browser.

Over the past year—as teachers increasingly relied upon SLS to connect with students during the pandemic—SMART rolled out a number of enhancements that have enabled even smoother and more powerful teacher/student interaction. New features included a library of ready-made activities and lesson resources, enhanced image functions to spur student interactions, improved ability to personalize activities to support better connections with students, and integrations with popular classroom management

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All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in April!

Head below for the full list of SF titles heading your way in April!

Keep track of all the new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher. Note: Release dates are subject to change.

 

WEEK ONE (April 6)

Hummingbird Salamander—Jeff VanderMeer (MCD)

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control. Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to

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CEdMA Honors Totara as Leader in Customer Education Services with 2021 Innovation Award

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Customer Education Management Association (CEdMA) announces today that Totara, a provider of learning technologies for organizations of all sizes and across all sectors, is the recipient of the 2021 CEdMA Innovation Award for their innovative online community which has recently supported their transition from their main product offering called Totara Learn, an adaptable learning management system (LMS) to an integrated Talent Experience Platform which adds Totara Engage, a learning experience platform (LXP), and Totara Perform, a performance management system, to their offering.

The CEdMA Innovation Award seeks to recognize a CEdMA member company that has taken an innovative approach to solve a problem or address an opportunity. The Innovation Award selects one high-tech company or individual for outstanding innovation in education business methods or practices on a project completed within the last twelve to eighteen months.

Rachel Griffith-Boyes, Head of Community Services at Totara, said:

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