Title: "Hopes and worries of blockchain commercial use”
Abstract: The rise of Bitcoin and blockchain technology has opened up the possibility of executing transactions in a truly decentralized way, without the need for trusted institutions. However, a careful look at incentives reveals challenges to this potential. Specifically, a successful implementation of this new technology will not be possible until we resolve issues around the interaction of blockchain with information from the physical world.
Bio: Hanna Halaburda is a Visiting Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business. Before joining Stern, Professor Halaburda was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School. Her research uses game theory to study how technology influences network effects and interactions in the marketplace and how these changes affect business models. Much of her work focuses on competition between platforms, e.g. Apple’s iPhone vs. Android or eHarmony vs. Match. Most recently, her research applies platform competition concepts to analyze the development of digital currencies.