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Yea sure, CRDTs interesting and all, but what if it mentioned blackchain 50 times? Research groups often worship a particular technology for some imaginary practical applications. Take something like collaborative editing, It's "straightforward" to have a people edit a local document and then use a server as the central point of authority, but that is not an open academic question so people want to do it without the central server. Marijn Haverbeke has made this point more eleganty [1].

[1] https://marijnhaverbeke.nl/blog/collaborative-editing.html

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