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Is blockchain living up to the hype?

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Image caption Blockchain is one of the technologies used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

As we approach Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary at the end of this month, we ask whether blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency – is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for a better reason to exist.

There have been some very grandiose claims made about blockchain.

Some say it could help solve the Irish border issue currently bedevilling Brexit negotiations, or enable people to find love, or even end world poverty.

A daily barrage of press releases claim it will “revolutionise” business.

But what’s the reality? Well, let’s start with the basics.

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