Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have been with us for more than a decade. However, in recent years these concepts have spread to different areas, and it has become commonplace to hear about them. However, we still have a lot to learn.

As it has advanced, the crypto world has resulted in a tremendously polarized discourse: its staunch supporters believe it is saving the world; its critics are convinced that it is all a scam that will blow up the economy. Kevin Roose, tech journalist for The New York Times insists, with nearly a decade of writing about cryptocurrencies to his credit, that he agrees, with both sides to some extent. He backs the skeptics in the argument that most of the cryptocurrency market consists of overvalued and possibly fraudulent assets.

Cryptocurrencies, as Roose claims, are very poorly explained. According to the specialist, understanding crypto as soon as possible is important because it is going to be a profoundly transformative force in the coming years. For this reason, Kevin Roose has endeavored to put together a question-and-answer guide in NYT that clears up many of these doubts. On News-365 you can read an insightful summary of the study, I’ll leave the link here. At AIR Institute and the BISITE Research Group we are aware of how important Blockchain technology is and what it means for the global cryptocurrency drive. In this regard, we are researching and developing different projects and offer training in the area with the Master in Blockchain and Smart Contracts at the University of Salamanca.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.