IBM Says Blockchain Can Power 'Open Scientific Research' in New Patent Filing

A patent application published Thursday claims the process of conducting scientific research can benefit from the blockchain.

Led by a team at IBM's Watson Research Center, the patent application presents a vision for dynamic collaboration – one where researchers can track their work across institutional borders. It's another non-financial application of the distributed-ledger technology, which IBM has championed in recent months.

This latest patent can be thought of as an elaborate software changelog, but for science. Or, as the filing puts it, a system that provides "a tamper-resistant log of scientific research."

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