Is web3 a scam? | Jan Liphardt | TEDxBostonStudio

I provide a framework and tools to assess how #web3 provides value and how to separate fact from fiction in the web3 space. Blockchains can be painful but beautiful – this means that sustainable opportunities where a web3 solution makes sense are nuanced.

Jan is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and a Professor in Residence at StartX. For his Ph.D. work at Cambridge University, he used computers, information theory, and statistics, such as stochastic context free grammars, to find patterns in genomes. He was a physics professor at UC Berkeley until 2013, when he moved to Stanford.

In 2016, he worked with Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot initiative and a social network to help patients share sensitive medical data. Jan cofounded Enya in 2018 as a way to reframe how sensitive information flows through the internet and how data analytics can be better balanced with privacy.

Jan is a Sloan Research Fellow and a Searle Scholar. At Stanford, Jan focuses on privacy preserving digital health and he teaches a blockchain / distributed systems class. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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