Stanford, one of the world’s top university, has opened a new blockchain center that is partially funded for the next five years by the Ethereum Foundation, Protocol Labs, the Interchain Foundation, OmiseGO, DFINITY Stiftung and PolyChain Capital.
The center will undertake research relevant to this space, with a number of papers already out including one titled: “Proofs-of-delay and randomness beacons in Ethereum.”
That proof will be very useful as sharding marches along, with the center to further fund a number of blockchain related courses at Stanford, including one called “Cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and smart contracts.”
Our student self would have certainly not resisted that title, so hopefully they have some way of managing demand because with pay packages “gotten insane” we should think there might be a waiting list.
Nor will that thirst be met by a replication of the course online (as far as we can see), but there will be an online course on the far more boring, yet often critically vital, cryptography field, with a free online graduate textbook on cryptography to also be available.
“Blockchains will become increasingly critical to doing business globally,” Dan Boneh, co-director of the Blockchain Center at Stanford, said before further adding:
“This is a fascinating area of research with deep scientific questions. Once you get into the details you quickly realize that this area will generate many PhD theses across all of computer science and beyond.”
How much they were gifted by the blockchain organizations is unclear, but Matthew Green, a cryptographer at John Hopkins and thus a collaborative competitor of Boneh, said to Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s inventor:
“You’re giving Dan Boneh 5000 Ether? I thought you didn’t do that!”
It’s only on Twitter that Buterin doesn’t give away any eth Matthew, outside of it he has given to quite a few projects, with the Ethereum Foundation having grants for all sorts of things, including paying you for about ten weeks to work on eth in a hackernship of sorts.
All of which is needed of course because ethereum is quite desperate for more and more developers to deal with those beacons and them shards and those caspers with them kitty contracts not to be left unmentioned for they too need a lot more blockchain talent ahead of the big day when sharding is implemented and then the floodgates are opened.
To meet that demand many universities are now starting to offer blockchain related courses, but that’s kind of last year’s thing as they now need to offer masters, if not PhDs, to stand out a bit more.
Yet this field is still very new, with education necessarily slightly behind the trend, leading some to take matters on their own hands and offer online blockchain courses.