Blockchain is an open, distributed ledger, that records transactions in such a way that it is nearly impossible to edit. That might sound technical, but it creates a level of trust that could reconstruct the architecture of the internet and change the nature of banking, government and education.

Will this foundational technology have an impact on Learning and Development? In this week's podcast, aNewSpring's Ger Driesen joins Ross G and Owen to discuss.

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The Open University produced a report on innovating pedagogy which includes a nice summary of blockchain's potential at: https://iet.open.ac.uk/file/innovating_pedagogy_2016.pdf 

Digital Trends ran a series of articles on blockchain that cover some of the opportunities and challenges this technology faces: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/beyond-bitcoin-how-blockchain-will-reshape-the-future/ 

You can see the LeBron James shot that Owen referenced at: https://www.inc.com/john-brandon/this-one-quote-from-lebron-james-could-change-your-life-seriously.html 

It was discussed in more detail on USA Today at: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2018/05/06/lebron-james-iconic-game-winning-shot-cavaliers-raptors-game-3/584519002/ 

The Freakonomics episode Ross referenced is at http://freakonomics.com/podcast/misused-psychology-terms/. The original academic paper was:

Lilienfeld, S. O., Sauvigné, K. C., Lynn, S. J., Cautin, R. L., Latzman, R. D., & Waldman, I. D. (2015). Fifty psychological and psychiatric terms to avoid: a list of inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused words and phrasesFrontiers in psychology6, 1100.

This was also covered, with a handy graphic, on Stack Exchangehttps://english.stackexchange.com/questions/6209/what-is-meant-by-steep-learning-curve 

Finally, the site Ross referenced where you can buy designers a cup of coffee was ko-fi.com.