The Internet has transformed information sharing, contributing to the development of a new, globalized and connected economy. The culmination of the Internet, blockchain is today reinventing the transmission of value, by disintermediating traditional players.
Over the course of history, methods of sharing and accessing information have undergone many changes. The last stone was affixed to this building 30 years ago: the Internet has succeeded in opening up access to everyone, anywhere, to virtually all the information available in the world. The Internet is human knowledge just a click away.
More recently, blockchains have appeared in the innovation landscape. Yet from a technological point of view, the blockchain is not innovative: no invention, no patent has been filed. The blockchain was born from the ingenious combination of existing technologies and processes: peer-to-peer (which connects users without a central server), cryptography (developed by the military) and the telecoms network. A blockchain is simply a chain of virtual information (the blocks) placed end to end, making up a tamper-proof register that traces the history of transactions: this new type of register is shaking up value transfer codes.