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英国石油公司与区块链创企合作 启动内部加密货币测试

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英国石油公司与区块链创企合作 启动内部加密货币测试

在伦敦举办的“区块链博览会”上,全球能源巨头英国石油公司(BP)透露正在考虑与一家提供初始代币发行服务的区块链初创公司合作,而且已经开始在内部测试代币了。

Julian Gray是英国石油公司数字创新组织负责人,他认为,和其他提供金融服务的同行一样,非金融公司对待区块链创新的态度可能更加开放。

不过,Julian Gray也承认,英国石油公司内部仍然需要有大量教育工作要做,特别是一些“老员工”,现在他们已经逐渐意识到区块链技术并不是只有风险,同样也能带来很多创新。

Julian Gray透露,虽然英国石油公司的创新部门资金雄厚,但他愿意和一些在初始代币发行领域里有丰富经验的人们展开合作。

虽然金融服务行业对初始代币发行和公有链表现出了很大的抵触情绪,但在企业界里并非如此,很多公司都愿意使用这种创新融资方式来募集资金。

Energy giant BP would consider partnering with blockchain startups that are doing initial coin offerings, and it's even tested tokens internally, an executive said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Blockchain Expo in London, Julian Gray, the technology director for BP's digital innovation organization, voiced a common theme: non-financial enterprises are perhaps more open to open-blockchain innovation that their financial-services counterparts.

Gray said:

"We haven't done anything with public chains yet. But that doesn't mean we won't. We have done proof of concepts using tokens internally, transferring value."

Inside BP, he said, there's a lot of education that needs to be done. But there is a handful of people at the company, formerly known as British Petroleum, now who realize that blockchains, even the open kind, are not merely "hacker territory."

Gray said that while his own innovation department is robustly funded, he is open to working with others that have gone the ICO route.

"Would we partner with people who are doing this stuff? Yes, I think so," he said. "Not right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if we did."

The session moderator, Lewis Cohen, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells, said it was interesting to hear someone from a company like BP say this.

While the financial services industry has shown a lot of resistance to anything having to do with ICOs or public chains, that's not the case in the wider enterprise world, Cohen said, where he's found players are more amenable to the token route to funding innovation.

Gray added,

"This technology is out the gate and it's clearly going somewhere and at some point we will interact with it."

Speaking to CoinDesk after the panel, Gray said: "I have been looking at this for a long time and I don't believe in taking the view that ICOs are terrible, like we have heard from many people.

"However, I would stress that is my view - and not necessarily the view of BP," he said.

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