<div dir="ltr"><div><br></div><div>MIT course Spring semester, in case anyone is interested. BU people are welcome (talk to me if you need actual course credit):</div><br><div class="gmail_quote">---------- Forwarded message ----------<br>From: <b class="gmail_sendername">Silvio Micali</b> <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:silvio@csail.mit.edu">silvio@csail.mit.edu</a>&gt;</span><br>Date: Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM<br>Subject: New Course on New BlockChain Technology<br>To: Leonid Reyzin &lt;<a href="mailto:reyzin@cs.bu.edu">reyzin@cs.bu.edu</a>&gt;, Ran Canetti &lt;<a href="mailto:canetti@tau.ac.il">canetti@tau.ac.il</a>&gt;<br><br><div dir="ltr"><div> 6.892<br><br><b>PUBLIC LEDGERS, Cryptocurrencies, and Other Marvels<br><br></b><div>Instructors: Silvio Micali and Neha Narula<br></div><div>Time: F 1-4<br></div>Room: TBA<br><br>

<p style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:left;direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed;word-break:normal"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black;font-weight:bold">WHAT </span><span style="color:black"><span>  </span></span><span style="color:black">A </span><span style="color:black;font-style:italic">public
ledger</span><span style="color:black"> is a tamperproof sequence of data that
can be read and augmented by </span><span style="color:black;font-style:italic">everyone</span><span style="color:black">.
Shared public ledgers stand to revolutionize the way a democratic society
operates. They secure all kinds of traditional transactions –such as payments,
asset transfers, titling– in the exact order in which they occur; and enable
totally new transactions ---such as cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. They
can remove intermediaries and usher in a new paradigm for trust. As currently
implemented, however, public ledgers cannot achieve their enormous potential. </span></span></font></p><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">

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</span></font><p style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:left;direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed;word-break:normal"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black;font-weight:bold">HOW </span><span style="color:black"><span>  </span></span><span style="color:black">After
describing current implementations, the course will provide new ideas and
techniques for building public ledgers that are provably correct and scalable.</span></span></font></p><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">

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</span></font><p style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:left;direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed;word-break:normal"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black;font-weight:bold">TOPICS</span><span style="color:black"><span>   </span></span><span style="color:black"></span></span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Bitcoin and other cryptcurrencies, Lightenning Networks, Authenticated Datastructures, Byzantine Agreement, Other (Self-Contained) Cryptographic Tools.</span></span></font></span></span></font></p><p style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:left;direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed;word-break:normal"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><br></span></span></font></span></span></font></p><p style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:left;direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed;word-break:normal"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><br></span></span></font></span></span></font><span style="font-size:18pt;font-family:&quot;arial narrow&quot;;color:black"><font size="2"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"></span></font> </span></p>

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