SDS 136: www.sdsblockchain.com - Learn Blockchain!

SDS 136: Learn Blockchain!

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For the first few years of its existence, Blockchain was the silent partner to the much more popular Bitcoin. To be honest, it even caught me by surprise.

As cryptocurrencies take the limelight today, the technology they rely on is launching a quiet revolution all around the world. So much so that entire industries are being redesigned off the back of Blockchain.

But Blockchain’s usefulness is belied by a deceptive simplicity. The core concept isn’t too difficult, but it’s like an onion – every time you understand one concept, you’ll peel the layer away to find more underneath.

Today, I’m talking about my journey into Blockchain, my new mission based around it and most importantly, an appeal for your help!

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This is Five Minute Friday episode number 136: Learn Blockchain.

All right, welcome ladies and gentlemen to this super-exciting episode because we've got a super-exciting announcement for you. This week on Tuesday, we launched our fourth Kickstarter, and the topic for this Kickstarter is... you guessed it, Blockchain.

Once again, Hadelin and I are teaming up to take on one of the world's most disruptive technologies, and this time it's Blockchain.
You may have heard about Blockchain before. To me, it crept up quite unexpectedly. I was definitely looking out for AI and deep learning and seeing what things progressed in that space, but Blockchain was, first of all a mystery to me but also, I was not expecting the power and the amount of disruption it would bring.

To be honest, from what I know about Blockchain now I can see now that it's completely redesigning whole, not just companies, but industries on the fly and it's happening so quickly. Much faster. The integration of Blockchain is happening much, much faster than even Artificial Intelligence.

And that's what makes us so excited about this technology. About what it can do. Blockchain can be applied virtually anywhere. Anywhere you need trust, where you need some sort of authority or some sort of intermediary to create trust, Blockchain can be applied there. Anywhere where you have a necessity for privacy, Blockchain can be applied there. Anywhere where you need a necessity for transparency, Blockchain can be applied there.

Blockchain can be applied almost anywhere, from transportation to logistics to health care to online voting to media distribution to pretty much any industry. Just name any industry, Blockchain can be applied there.

And that's what also makes us so excited - the versatility of the applications.

And on the other hand as well, Blockchain isn't as complex a topic as AI. Blockchain is definitely much more down-to-earth, it's seemingly much easier to understand in the sense that there's no A3C algorithm or there's no Boltzmann Machines like in deep learning - some very, very sophisticated things that require complex mathematics. The concepts inside Blockchain are quite easy to grasp on their own but what I found extremely difficult, while trying to learn Blockchain for myself over the past couple of weeks or even months now, what I found extremely difficult is the volume - the volume of these different concepts.

This technology, even though it's only been developed for around 10 years now, since the launch of Bitcoin, since it's only been around for that long, there are so many components. From distributed peer-to-peer networks to Byzantine fault tolerance to consensus protocols for proof of work to proof of stake consensus protocols, immutable ledgers and so on. Every time you think you've got your head around something, something new pops up.

And that's also why we're so excited about this course. That's what our mission is this time, to as always, make the complex simple. And in this specific case, it's not just to break down very complex individual topics such as the A3C algorithm in Artificial Intelligence into bite-size chunks but to break down this whole technology of Blockchain and its myriad of components to break it down and put it back together in such a way that will help you go through this course and understand and develop a holistic - my favorite word this time round - understanding of what this technology is all about. Because that's where the value is.
Anybody can go and look up one of these topics like Byzantine fault tolerance on YouTube and understand it. But, it's about the linking them up together, to actually present it in such a way that anybody not just understand one topic, but the whole thing holistically.
And that's what the challenge is for us. For Hadelin and I. And that's why I'm recording today's 5 Minute Friday episode is because today we need your help.

We need your help to make this project go viral.

We want to bring this technology to the world. We can see how it's going to change industries, lives, companies, countries even. And at the same time, we don't want this technology to be held only by those people that are capable of using it, like a select few individuals - like a couple of hundred few. We want everyone to have access to it.

And that's why we're creating this course and we need this Kickstarter to go viral and we need your help.
So how can you help us?

First thing is of course, I need to tell you where the Kickstarter is. So, it's very hard to share a link on a podcast, that's why we've set up a special URL that you can find this Kickstarter - it will redirect you to the Kickstarter.

The URL is very simple: sdsblockchain.com. SuperDataScience is abbreviated to SDS.

If you go there, you'll be redirected to the Kickstarter and there, so how can you help us? Of course, if you're interested in learning this technology, if you want to be part of this disruptive revolution, then back our campaign. That will be a huge, massive help. That will build that social proof that will show people that there are students out there who already know us, trust us and believe in the fact that we can put this course together.

Second option, if you're not interested in Blockchain for whatever reason or if you cannot afford to back this campaign, even though we - because we want to bring this technology to the world - we tried to make the pledge levels as affordable as possible. But if you cannot afford to back the campaign, there's an option at the very top called HadCoin Supporter. Oh yeah, in this course Hadelin is going to create his own cryptocurrency - he'll show you how to create a cryptocurrency and it's going to be called HadCoin. Basically, there's this option at the top called HadCoin Supporter - it's a $1 option. So even if you can pledge $1 to show us your support, that would be extremely helpful because again, that will show others that there are people who trust in us, who believe us and who are willing to support us, even if it's in that way. And for us, we'd really appreciate that type of support.

And of course finally, if you can share this link with your network - sdsblockchain.com - if you can share this around on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on Twitter, on Instagram - wherever you are - by email to your friends, to your family, to your network - if you could share it, that would be huge help to us. The more people that get to know about this, the better, and the more lives we can impact, the more industries we can change, the more companies and people we can help. And that's our goal ultimately.

So there we go, that's the course. As usual, you'll get lots and lots of content. We're planning on creating three modules. In Module 1, we're going to show you how to create a Blockchain which you can use absolutely for anything. In Module 2, we're going to show you how to create a cryptocurrency of your own and in Module 3, we're going to teach you how to work with Ethereum and smart contracts and how to create your own smart contract and how to create an ICO. We're going to simulate an ICO - an initial coin offering - in Module 3. And as usual, we're going to have Intuitions so I'm doing the Intuition tutorial in every single module and Hadelin is doing the practical tutorials.

So you'll learn tons and tons of different tools, from Blockchain to Bitcoin to Ethereum to Python, Solidity, JSON, Ganache, Postman, MyEtherWallet, Anaconda, Flask, Spyder and others. And of course, on the Intuition side, you're definitely going to get a lot of content. There's actually a list of planned tutorials on the Kickstarter page, so you if you go there, you can check them out and see what's going on there.

There we go - I'm going to stop the rant now. I hope to see you on the Kickstarter. Once again, it's at www.sdsblockchain.com (all one word) and let's make this happen together. The Kickstarter is already launched, it's already going, and we need you onboard. We need your help and support. And thank you so much for being here today. I can't wait to see you inside Blockchain A-Z!

Kirill Eremenko
Kirill Eremenko

I’m a Data Scientist and Entrepreneur. I also teach Data Science Online and host the SDS podcast where I interview some of the most inspiring Data Scientists from all around the world. I am passionate about bringing Data Science and Analytics to the world!

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