Donald Trump Or Hillary--Can Blockchain Predict A Winner?

Fascinating live chat yesterday with Martin Köppelmann, an Ethereum development expert and founder of the Gnosis prediction market, which is built atop Ethereum. Can the decisions of millions of strangers predict next week's weather, or the next Super Bowl champ, or even whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be spending the next 4 years in the White House.

I had met Köppelmann in San Francisco at a recent weekend dev meet-up and was intrigued by his explanation of several crypto concepts, so inviting him on was a no-brainer. In the clip, which you can watch uninterrupted below, he explains how Gnosis would allow for the masses to place "bets" on which presidential candidate wins. It's fascinating stuff at the cutting edge of what the blockchain can do for society.

Watch our chat:

And at about 10 minutes in, you'll hear from Jordana Séguin, who is helping overhaul the newsletter. As I mentioned in the video, not going to be promoting the sign-up link until the new pretty version of the newsletter launches next week, but you're welcome to follow on Twitter--I'll tweet out the sign-up page as soon as it's ready for the world to see it.

Also, hack.ether.camp now has more than 400 coders signed up to compete. Designed to promote blockchain innovation, coder teams ("hackers") will be competing for a grand prize of $50,000 in Bitcoin or Ether. A varied expert panel of judges drawing from some of the best firms in crypto will decide on the winning project.

Disclosure: At time of publication, I hold some bitcoin, ether, U.S. dollars, and gold in my long term portfolio.