Art exhibition explores future of blockchain

The future role of blockchain across industries is still unclear, but one artist is exploring its potential role in a pair of art exhibitions in New York City and Berlin, reports The Wall Street Journal. The exhibitions from Berlin-based, New Zealand artist Simon Denny look at blockchain through the lens of everyday objects, like the board game Risk, postage stamps and Pokemon cards. Pairing this complex topic with everyday items forms a sort of "cultural entryway" to understanding blockchain, according to the report.

The exhibitions intend to envision how the future may be changed by blockchain. For example, the piece based on the Risk board replaces countries with financial capitals, highlighting the idea that firms like Digital Asset Holdings, a blockchain company, is developing a platform for financial markets, according to the report.

Blockchain is a data structure that maintains and secures information by creating an unchangeable log of events. Related parties can connect and share information in real time, eliminating the need for an intermediary through which to shuffle data.

While blockchain has relative standing in the financial industry, it is slowly emerging in the healthcare industry. Recently, Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard discussed how blockchain could transform the entire healthcare claims process by eliminating back-and-forth discussions with health plans.

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