Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) through its edition of On Campus shared University Of Kansas’s emphasis on blockchain study on 21 March.
Ripple commenced by conveying how the University of Kansas (KU) is striving to bring in amalgamation between blockchain and academics. Ripple expressed that the approach used by the university was effective and sometimes unexpected.
Ripple further stated that after multiple rounds of interview with Professor Perry Alexander, Ripple discovered the professor’s endeavor to foster blockchain. In an attempt to build the next-gen of entrepreneurs, KU had deployed XRP Ledger validator and introduced interdisciplinary projects.
Ripple highlighted Professor Alexander’s belief as –
“Professor Alexander fundamentally believes that the study of blockchain and other new technologies is the foundation to building the entrepreneurs and workforce of tomorrow. He observed that industries advance in new technologies as they hire workers that have studied these technologies more extensively and are more familiar with how to apply and manage them.”
According to Professor Alexander, wide use of commercial applications for blockchain was far away. He emphasized that current and future students should get an opportunity to manipulate blockchain. By working within the context of an interdisciplinary study, students are well informed on how to commercialize the technology.
Professor Alexander strongly believed that blockchain is an autonomous and fascinating technology. The Professor asserted that personnel from all walks of academia could make blockchain more effective. Professor Alexander quoted his department’s work on cybersecurity which highlights the social nature of security flaw.
Ripple clearly conveyed Professor Alexander’s analogy of how blockchain could be used in other domains, by eliminating intermediaries. The Professor expressed enthusiasm about the potential to engage law, business, psychology and other schools in KU’s blockchain work.
Ripple further added about how blockchain could be leveraged to support data access control for biodiversity teams. Ripple clarified that maintaining the secrecy of findings of new species was important. As an example, if an American and Swiss team discovered a new insect in Mexico, blockchain could be used as a security protocol to keep the information confidential.
Ripple sustained by throwing more light on blockchain application in the arts. Professor Alexander believed that technologies like blockchain should go beyond the frontiers of computer science. Applications like museums that are able to leverage artwork cataloging are few instances.
In January, Ripple had an alliance with a Chinese University to offer a research program. This embrace concentrated on international regulatory policies and the development of blockchain technology.
Ripple concluded by expressing Professor Alexander’s generous comments about UBRI. He believed that this initiative was a “game changer” for KU. Professor Alexander’s plan was to use the grant to introduce more students to the technology.