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Blockchain explained through college basketball

Here is the original article the Loadstar referred me to.  It is a picture a bit too rosy, perhaps, but quite clear.

It doesn’t say that blockchain’s smart contracts will turn logistics people from a handful of paper shufflers to a handful of logicians whose job is to read and prove out the code of smart contracts.  That code will be embedded and executed in a transaction, without oversight, so it had better be right. How do we prove that?  The arguments will shift from arguing about how the actual contract matches with what happens, and goes wrong– to arguing about both that, and whether the smart contract program had a bug in it.

I think there’s a new frontier for provability software, that can read a program and match it with some specs to see if it matches.  The computer mathematicians already have software that can inspect theorem proofs and say if they are valid or not.  I think we need similar software.

Remember every program has bugs.

screenshot-www.freightwaves.com 2018.02.21 07-36-08  Blockchain explained through college basketball — FreightWaves

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California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

California has released its Sustainable Freight Action Plan. It’s a great project, and as usual, the state is a leader, here making significant moves guiding improvement in the freight transportation triple bottom line.

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Source: California Sustainable Freight Action Plan  Read it online at the link. Here’s the actual plan:  pdf-icon-logo1  cfmp_appendix-complete

screenshot-metrans CITT logo 2016-05-23 10-59-49   Here’s a white paper from California State University Long Beach which was used in the deliberations.  PDF icon logoFreight Efficiency White Papers_Final Version

The Last Mile in Crowded Cities

We have to be open to radical alternatives to last mile supply chain delivery methods.  Here are some suggestions from MIT researchers.  Many have been tried around the world.  An open mind and entrepreneurship-style innovation will be the winning strategy.  Keep an open mind and test, test, test how customers or users like it in an iterative fashion!



Source: Redefining the Last Mile in Crowded Cities