Bitcoin and Blockchains: A Closer Look
(free and open to the public;
high school students/parents/teachers/administrators are particularly welcome)
Bernard Parenteau and Marius Silaghi (Florida Tech)
March 23, Friday, 8-9pm, Auditorium (Room 130), Olin Life Sciences, Florida Tech
Materials from the lecture:
Bitcoin and Blockchains,
Blockchains and Democracy
Directions to Florida Tech campus
(search for and select Olin Life Sciences--button for directions is under the description of the building)
Campus map in PDF (Building 35 is Olin Life Sciences Building)
Digital data and processes are becoming ever more important in daily life. Now new kinds of currencies are being introduced --- even the notion of money is being challenged. Bitcoin is a digital cryptocurrency that can be used in online payments. It and other cryptocurrencies reply on blockchains to prevent double-spending and preserve anonymity. Bitcoins are managed by a network of computers without governmental or centralized authority. In this lecture, we will explore Bitcoin and other applications of blockchains.
ps. In the same evening, sky watching from a 0.8-meter (32-inch)
telescope is at 9pm at the Olin Physical Sciences building (more
details are here).
About the speakers:
Bernard Parenteau is a faculty member in computer science at
Florida Tech. His main research interests are in cryptocurrencies and
Marius Silaghi is a faculty member in computer science at
Florida Tech. His main research interests are in cryptography,
constraint reasoning, speech recognition, and robotics.
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