Blockchain breakthroughs: A tech revolution told in whitepapers

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Blockchain is one of the great blindsides in the history of technology. Major trends around cloud technology, virtualization, and mobile you could see coming, but a novel distributed computing model based on public key cryptography? That came almost completely out of the blue. When the Nakamoto whitepaper dropped in 2008 it unceremoniously set off a ferment of innovation that continues growing to this day. It wasn’t entirely unexpected if you were watching the digital currency scene—at the time an even nerdier backwater of the already highly nerdy cryptography frontier. The paper itself gives …

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