Scientific Research on Blockchain Technology for the Benefit of Society
Decoding Social Dynamics: An Anthropological Study on Cryptocurrency
This blog post post by Anna Vennonen draws on the ethnographic study she conducted for her Master’s Thesis at the University of Helsinki in 2023, titled: ‘More than Money: An Ethnography of Dreams, Value and Community in the Cryptoscene’. The research was supported by a scholarship from Blockchain Research Lab.
The ChatGPT Effect: A Financial Frenzy for Artificial Intelligence Cryptocurrencies
By using a synthetic difference-in-difference methodology approach, the newly published article reveals that a group of AI-crypto-assets curated by CoinGecko enjoyed a price boost of at least 10.7% and 35.5% beyond non-AI-crypto-assets in the one-month and two-month period after the ChatGPT launch.
Educating gambling addiction counsellors about the intersection of cryptocurrency and gambling: Experiences from an in-person seminar
Our co-founder Fred Steinmetz recently led an immersive in-person seminar at the Hessische Landesstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (HLS), a non-profit organization focused on information, help and consultancy as well as prevention of gambling addiction, to deepen the understanding of the interrelations between cryptocurrency and gambling among participants.
The BRL is carrying out a series of research projects, some of which are listed here. The primary goal is to explore the implications of blockchain technology for society and to identify potentials, obstacles and recommendations for action.
If you are interested in a joint project or exchange with us, we look forward to hearing from you.
Today’s product life cycles are complex and decentralized. It is often difficult to judge the sustainability of a product and its compliance with ecological and social standards. The DiBiChain project partners aim to develop a blockchain system that provides a digital replica of the product life cycle.
AVIK (engl.: automated ground-air intercommnunication in mobility for enhancing interaction and collaboration) focuses on automating and enhancing the interconnectedness of different vehicles and mobility actors (e.g. drones and cars) in the context of data transmission, harmonization, aggregation and monetization.
What we do
The Blockchain Research Lab promotes independent science and research on blockchain technologies and the publication of the results in the form of scientific papers and contributions to conferences and other media. The BRL is a non-profit organisation aiming, on the one hand, to further the general understanding of the blockchain technology and, on the other hand, to analyse the resulting challenges and opportunities as well as their socio-economic consequences.
Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt digital interaction in our economy and society. The technology’s rapid and dynamic technical development is driven by startups and incumbents alike, creating a myriad of applications across economic and societal domains. However, the implications of this potential new technological paradigm have not yet reached a broader public debate, nor have economic and societal implications been sufficiently addressed by academia.
What is blockchain?
The blockchain is a basic technology that allows values to be securely transferred directly between parties on the Internet. This can result in various advantages, such as higher efficiency by eliminating intermediaries, a higher level of transparency or the automation of processes by means of so-called smart contracts. The special combination of encryption, data verification and reconciliation mechanisms makes it virtually impossible for transactions to be subsequently manipulated or deleted.
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