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AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

April 26, 2018 / James Bourne

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans. Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements focused predominantly on how machine learning (ML) was going to transform user experiences, with the launch of SageMaker – a service which helps developers train and build ML models – as well as transcription and translation services among others. At the time, Andy Jassy, AWS chief executive, told the audience: “If you think about the history of AWS, we don’t built technology because we think the technology is cool. The only reason we build that technology is to solve problems for you.” At a later press conference, Jassy reiterated the first statement, adding that while he though...