Blockchain as a trust machine: From disillusionment to enlightenment in the era of generative AI

Shaokun Fan, Noyan Ilk, Akhil Kumar, Ruiyun Xu, J. Leon Zhao

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Since the Economist magazine heralded blockchain as “the trust machine” in 2015, the blockchain paradigm has experienced crests and falls, including a recent phase of disillusionment due to its failure to meet the high expectations, e.g., to revolutionize record keeping, data management, and workflow, envisioned during its early history. However, despite the waning interest in this technology in some quarters, its deployment has become ever more essential in areas such as decentralized finance (DeFi), Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs), and other application domains beyond cryptocurrencies. In particular, recent advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) surrounding Large Language Models (LLM) offer new opportunities for blockchain adoption where trust and reliability become critical. As the blockchain technology transitions from a stage of disillusionment to one of enlightenment, anticipation is building for its mainstream adoption, with focused endeavors towards removing adoption barriers across diverse business contexts, exemplified by studies included in this special issue on Blockchain Technology and Applications. In this paper, we first survey the current state of the blockchain technology and then highlight its potential for enhancing trust and accountability in emerging phenomena such as AI generated content (AIGC). We conclude by introducing the papers included in the special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114251
JournalDecision Support Systems
StatePublished - Jul 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management

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