Announced at last year’s Wolfram Technology Conference, Wolfram Blockchain Labs has now become real. Stephen Wolfram’s battleship, Mathematica, will also have access to blockchains as a focal point. Finally, Stephen Wolfram is still an advisor to NKN, a blockchain-based network.
Natural scientists, engineers and mathematicians should be a term for Mathematica. The software package is known by the possibilities in terms of symbolic math and literate programming. The Wolfram Language is correspondingly widely used in the academic field.
The high price and the much more active community around the two other programming languages will have contributed to the fact that Mathematica had to give a lot to Python and R just in terms of statistical analysis.
Mathematica 12: A bridge to Ethereum
In addition to free use of the Wolfram Development Platform or integration with Raspian, Wolfram seeks to maintain a competitive edge in other areas. One of these areas is the Blockchain. Just over a year ago, that Mathematica’s version 11.3 allowed users to store data on a tungsten-owned blockchain. As shown in the linked article, such a solution could be helpful in the context of Open Science and Open Data.
For Mathematica version 12 this blockchain focus will be further elaborated. One goal seems to be less the use of a tungsten-own block chain than the analysis of existing networks. There is also a special focus on smart contracts and the exchange between on-chain and off-chain information. Details can be found in a video: