Roughly 50 guests followed the speech of Professor Dr Philipp Sandner, who leads the Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The Harvard Club Rhein-Main, an association of former students of all faculties of Harvard University, invited members to Frankfurt School on March 19, 2019.
Blockchain, according to attendees and Professor Sandner, is an extremely hot topic, which is discussed all around the world. However, will technology be such a game-changer as some observers hope and others are afraid of? The point was made, that the discussion about artificial intelligence has been going on since the 1960s, but its applications are only now created in larger numbers. Another remark was related to the enormous energy consumption in the case of the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The concern is that this could cause shortages.
Professor Dr Sandner summarized the meeting:
“Meeting with the Harvard Alumni Club inspired me a lot! It was a very vivid discussion on blockchain and bitcoin, which shows that there is growing interest from all economic sectors.“
The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center and its focus is primarily set on implications of the blockchain technology for companies and the whole economy. In addition to the development of blockchain prototypes, the center offers a platform for the exchange of knowledge for decision-makers, start-ups, technology and industry experts. It sets a new research initiative and develops educational programmes for students and executives.