Thomas Wagenknecht

Consultant / Researcher

Schlagwort: Blockchain

Code, Interface, Data – A new persepective on Blockchain

My colleagues  Lukas GottschickMarc FentzloffMareota Mirow  and I published a new perspective on how to understand and use Blockchain. You can find this original article on my LinkedIn Pulse.

phil cologne

Am vergangenen Freitag hatte ich das große Vergnügen auf der phil cologne über die Auswirkungen der Blockchain-Technologie auf unsere Gesellschaft mit Prof. Dr. Dierksmeier von der Universität Tübingen und Nikolaus Röttger, zuletzt Chefredakteur der WIRED Deutschland, zu diskutieren.

Leider hatte ich zuvor noch nichts von diesem internationalen Festival der Philosophie gehört. Ich kann es aber nur wärmstens als Abwechslung zur „Tech-Blase“ rund um Berlin empfehlen.

Review needs revision – Problems with current situation of review and how to solve them

This article first appeared on Elephant in the Lab.

Double blind peer reviewing, compared to open reviewing, is a great system to ensure quality in research that focuses on the content rather than the person(s) behind the research. However, the current review system for many academic publications is flawed. It hinders publication of timely and excellent research for three main reasons. The examples provided for mediocre reviewer suggestions are from my own experience.


„Dieser Blockchain-Wald forstet sich selbst auf!“ – WIRED über unser neues Forschungsprojekt

Sofie Czilwik hat für die WIRED einen wunderbaren Artikel über unser Forschungsprojekt „Bioökonomie 4.0“ geschrieben, was ich für das FZI ab Oktober betreue. Im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung arbeiten wir gemeinsam mit dem Wuppertal Institut, inter3, Zebralog und der Universität der Künste an neuen Ansätzen für eine gesellschaftliche Debatte zur Bioökonomie 4.0.

Deutsche Welle Interview: Shift Blockchain

Noch am Rande der re:publica hatte mich die Deutsche Welle für ihr Magazin „Shift – Leben in der digitalen Welt“ zum Thema Blockchain interviewt. Der Beitrag ist nun online zu sehen unter und beleuchtet ganz spannende Anwendungsfälle der Technologie im Kunst- und Diamantenbereich.

Blockchange – How Science Revolutionizes Democracy, Work and Nature Using Blockchain

Bitcoin is already transforming the financial industry. The technology behind it – Blockchain – has great potential to revolutionize many other areas of our lives too. In my talk at re:publica 17, I explore Blockchain applications under way in the fields of nature, democracy and work.

If you’d like to learn more about it, here are some interesting links:

  1. terra0 is an art project on a self-owning augmented forest. There’s also some code on Github. If you’d like to learn more about Uber and Waymo, you might want to read this Economist article.
    We are going to start a large-scale research project based on the terra0 concept later this year. Stay in touch!
  2. Ralph Merkle wrote a paper on the DAO Democracy, which draws on ideas related to Futarchy by Robin Hanson. There’s a paper in Science on the promise of prediction markets. Also there are two excellent interviews with both Merkle and Hanson on Epicenter.
    You can trade on the prediction market developed by my colleagues at KIT, on For those interested in the costs of a German road charge, see this piece at (German). If you’d like to learn more about my research on democracy, watch my re:publica 15 talk or refer to my publications list.
  3. Consensus Systems applies the blockchain to get rid of hierarchies and to implement a Holocracy-like corporate governance system. There is a great interview with its founder, Joe Lubin, in Duke’s CE magazine. And you can learn more about Liquid Holocray at CoinDesk.
    You can also verify my claim of the correlation between city scaling and innovation in this PNAS article. I borrowed the analogy to corporate growth from Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos).

For further information on the blockchain technology, you may also join the Blockchain Network by KIT’s Institite of Information Systems and Marketing and follow our research group.

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