Chennai Mathematical Institute


Joint Seminar, CMI and Sai University
Date and time: Friday, 13 January 2023, 3:30 pm
Venue: Seminar Hall, CMI
The evolving arc of blockchain technology and Web3

John Mitchell
Stanford University.


Blockchain technology is built on foundations from cryptography, distributed computing and distributed programming. While blockchain is most prominently associated with cryptocurrency, there are many other uses for the technology. For example, blockchains have been used to record educational credentials, opening up unexpected opportunities for recruiting educated employees. Looking forward, Web3 applications may support exchange of tokens representing new kinds of specialized non-monetary assets, such as song royalties. Acknowledging that both the core technology and the scope of applications are evolving, this talk will consider both core technical challenges and promising directions for future applications.

Brief speaker bio:

John Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family professor of computer science, and (by courtesy) electrical engineering and education at Stanford University. He has served as Stanford Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Chair of the Stanford Computer Science Department. Mitchell’s research focuses on programming languages, computer security and privacy, machine learning, and technology for education. He has led research projects on a range of topics, served as consultant or advisor to many companies, and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Security.