For true believers, blockchain is akin to the early Internet: a fast-rising technology that will shake the foundations of how people, companies, industries, governments, supply chains, and, yes, robots interact.

“We have come to the conclusion, unequivocally, that blockchain is the most important invention in computer science in a generation,” said Alex Tapscott, co-author with Don Tapscott of The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World. “A lot of people assume that this technology is about changing the financial services industry; we think it’s about reinventing the economy.”

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