Blockchain: Hype or Hope?

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A man uses his phone as he walks past ATM machines (L and R) for digital currency Bitcoin in Hong Kong. (ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

The distributed database of digital transactions called blockchain is often brought up alongside Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency buzzwords. You may have heard how industries like healthcare, shipping and journalism are experimenting with the technology. In this hour, we ask experts to parse through all the vague ideas and misconceptions about blockchain. Is it really the next internet, or is it all just speculative hype?

Nathaniel Popper, business reporter, New York Times; author, "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money"
Allison Berke, executive director, Stanford Cyber Initiative

Blockchain Could Be A Force For Good. But First You Have To Understand It (NPR)