Blockchain in the lens of BFT

In a 2014 piece to the NYTimes, Marc Andreesen wrote:

“Bitcoin is the first practical solution to a longstanding problem in computer science called the Byzantine Generals Problem.”

This was both an insightful comment and an overly optimistic one. It shed insight to the link between the decentralization technology of Bitcoin and the world of distributed computing. It was overly optimistic, because it essentially declared that the problem has been solved, implying that there is nothing left to do.

My sense is that there will be benefit in bridging between these worlds.

In a series of posts listed below, I discuss:

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