One of the best bits of the blockchain conference I hosted in Washington recently was hearing from people directly involved in practical implementations of the smart contract use of the technology. What was reassuring was the absence of hype and over selling of what blockchain can do.
One of the most grounded, realistic, sceptical, yet positive, presentations came from Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Kevin and I realised that we have known each other nearly seventeen years, and he is one of the smartest people I know. His new book, The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust, comes out in the UK mid December and if, like me, you believe that blockchain will survive the hype cycle and become really interesting and important, I would highly recommend checking it out.