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An experienced tech writer fully explains blockchain technology and how it will radically transform the world as we know it in this reader-friendly, illuminating guide--"a book for the nerd but especially for the rest of us scratching our tech-terrified heads" (Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day).What is blockchain? Why does everyone from tech experts to business moguls to philanthropists believe it is a paradigm-shifting technology, bound to revolutionize society as significantly as the internet? Indeed, why is blockchain touted as The Next Everything? In this deft, fascinating, and easy-to-digest introduction to one of the most important innovations of recent times, Stephen P. Williams answers these questions, revealing how cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are just one example among dozens of transformative applications that this relatively new technology makes possible. He interprets the complexity into digestible anecdotes, metaphors, and straightforward descriptions for readers who don't know tech, and explains all of blockchain's most important aspects: why this so-called digital ledger is unhackable and unchangeable; how its distributed nature may transfer power from central entities like banks, government, and corporations to ordinary citizens around the world; and what its widespread use will mean for society as a whole. In Blockchain: The Next Everything, Williams takes us on a tour through the systems predicted to soon underpin economics, politics, global trade, science, art, and numerous other aspects of our everyday lives. It is a truly extraordinary journey into our future, "a must-read for anyone who wants to understand where the world is headed" (Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions) and "a small miracle: a book about blockchain that helps the rest of us understand what it is" (Ty Montague, author of True Story and Founder of Co: Collective).