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Bitcoin: The Future of Money? by Dominic Frisby
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,’ Sourceforge, July 6, 2010, accessed May 22, 2014, http://bit.ly/1tru7NE. 100 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin P2P e-cash paper,’ Cryptography Mailing List, November 8, 2008, accessed May 20, 2014, http://bit.ly/1truasP. 101 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin P2P e-cash paper,’ Cryptography Mailing List, November 8, 2008, accessed May 20, 2014, http://bit.ly/1truasP. 102 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin open source implementation of P2P currency,’ P2P Foundation, February 11, 2009, accessed January 28, 2014, http://bit.ly/1tHFaWL. 103 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘tcatm’s 4-way SSE2 for Linux 32/64-bit is in 0.3.10,’ BitcoinTalk, August 19, 2010, accessed March 5, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBchb. 104 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘tcatm’s 4-way SSE2 for Linux 32/64-bit is in 0.3.10,’ BitcoinTalk, August 15, 2010, accessed March 5, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBfts. 105 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘tcatm’s 4-way SSE2 for Linux 32/64-bit is in 0.3.10’, BitcoinTalk, August 15, 2010, accessed March 5, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBchd. 106 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘tcatm’s 4-way SSE2 for Linux 32/64-bit is in 0.3.10,’ BitcoinTalk, August 15, 2010, accessed March 5, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBftu. 107 MoonShadow, ‘re.
Once you’ve understood that, see the follow up here – http://bit.ly/1tru7NK. 109 ‘Bitcoin and me.’ 110 AnonymousSpeech.com, accessed January 22, 2014. http://bit.ly/1trBchh. 111 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re: IPv6, headless client, and more,’BitcoinTalk, June 27, 2010, accessed March 10, 2014, http://bit.ly/1pLBdbX. 112 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re. Potential Disaster Scenario,’ August 15, 2010, accessed March 25, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBfJK. 113 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re: wiki registration email,’ July 29, 2010, accessed March 25, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBfJN. 114 Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcointalk, accessed February 26, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBfJQ and http://bit.ly/1trBchl. 115 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re:URI-scehem for bitcoin,’ BitcoinTalk, February 24, 2010, accessed March 10, 2010, http://bit.ly/1trBfJS. (N.B. ‘photo it’ – is that something a native English speaker would say? I guess so, possibly, just.) 116 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re: How fast do the fastest computers generate bitcoins?’
I do find a lot of Satoshi’s posts difficult to understand – particularly when he writes about coding matters – but, on the whole, his command of English is considerably better than many native-English speaking financial commentators. 119 Gwern Branwen, comments on ‘Wei_Dai comments on AALWA,’ Less Wrong, March 21, 2014, accessed March 25, 2014, http://bit.ly/1tHFaGj. 120 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin v0.1 released,’ January 16, 2009, accessed March 4, 2014, http://bit.ly/1truasU. 121 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re. The dollar cost of bitmining energy,’ BitcoinTalk, July 16, 2010, accessed April 10, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBcxC. 122 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re. Potential Disaster Scenario,’ August 15, 2010, accessed March 25, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBfJK. 123 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re: A few suggestions,’ BitcoinTalk, December 13, 2009, accessed March 10, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBcxE. 124 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Re: Transactions and Scripts: DUP HASH160…EQUALVERIFY CHECKSIG,’ BitcoinTalk, June 18, 2010, accessed March 5, 2014, http://bit.ly/1trBcxI. 125 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin open source implementation of P2P currency,’ P2P Foundation, February 11, 2009, accessed February 19, 2014. http://bit.ly/1tru840. 126 Satoshi Nakamoto Profile, P2P Foundation, accessed February 19, 2014, http://bit.ly/1tru841. 127 Satoshi Nakamoto, ‘Bitcoin P2P e-cash paper,’ Cryptography Mailing List, November 1, 2008, accessed March 2, 2014, http://bit.ly/1tHF9lM. 128 Michael J.
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
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That’s the estimate that cryptographer Sergio Lerner: Sergio Lerner, “The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin Creator, Visionary and Genius,” Words on Bitcoin Design, Privacy, Security and Crypto blog, April 17, 2013, http://bitslog.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-well-deserved-fortune-of-satoshi-nakamoto/. SecondMarket’s CEO, Barry Silbert, describes: Comments made at media roundtable sponsored by Circle Internet Financial, New York, December 10, 2013. Nick Szabo, whose writings, the forensics linguists tell us: Paul Vigna, “Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked—Again?,” Wall Street Journal, MoneyBeat blog, April 16, 2014, http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/16/bitcoin-creator-satoshi-nakamoto-unmasked-again/. Writing for The New Yorker: Joshua Davis, “The Crypto-Currency: Bitcoin and Its Mysterious Inventor,” New Yorker, October 10, 2011.
Bitcoin takes on the look of a religious movement: the meetups that are reminiscent of church socials, the cultlike crowds that sing bitcoin’s praises on social forums such as Reddit and Twitter, the movement’s evangelists—people such as Barry Silbert, Nicolas Cary, Andreas Antonopoulos, Charlie Shrem, and Roger Ver (whose nickname is Bitcoin Jesus). At the top of it all, ensconced firmly in a creation myth that inspires and nurtures the faithful, is Satoshi Nakamoto, the godhead of bitcoin. But cryptocurrencies could flame out entirely—like the Betamax video format (for those of you old enough to remember it). Or they could have only marginal real-world application, much as the once heavily hyped Segway has had. No less a dedicated bitcoiner than Gavin Andresen, the software engineer whom Satoshi Nakamoto effectively appointed to become the lead developer of bitcoin’s core software, articulates it this way: “Every time I give a talk, I emphasize that bitcoin really is still an experiment; every time I hear about somebody investing their life savings in it, I cringe.”
If we apply the chartalists’ view that money is a social phenomenon, then this ongoing community expansion represents nothing less than a currency’s endeavoring to become money. Two GENESIS What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust. —Satoshi Nakamoto October 31, 2008, 2:10 P.M., New York time. The several hundred members of an obscure mailing list comprising cryptography experts and enthusiasts receive an e-mail from somebody calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto.* “I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party,” he writes flatly. His brief text directs them to a nine-page white paper posted at a new Web site that he had registered two months earlier, which describes a currency system he calls bitcoin.
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CHAPTER 3 29Before reaching out to Satoshi, Martti had written about Bitcoin on anti-state.org: Martti’s post, written under the screen name Trickster, is available at https://board.freedomainradio.com/topic/17233-p2p-currency-could-make-the-government-extinct/. 30“The root problem with conventional currency”: Satoshi Nakamoto, “Bitcoin Open Source Implementation of P2P Currency,” P2P Foundation forum, February 11, 2009, http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/forum/topics/bitcoin-open-source. 33It also meant that Satoshi’s computers were still: Sergio Demian Lerner, “The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin Creator, Visionary and Genius,” Bitslog, April 17, 2013, https://bitslog.wordpress .com/2013/04/17/the-well-deserved-fortune-of-satoshi-nakamoto/. 35“Be safe from the unstability caused by fractional reserve”: An archived version of the page designed by Martti is available at http://web.archive .org/web/20090511173000/http://bitcoin.sourceforge.net/. 35A few dozen people downloaded the Bitcoin program: Data on software downloads available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/bitcoin/files/stats/timeline. 37Starting in August, the log of changes to the software: The history of changes to the software is available at https://gitorious.org/bitcoin/bitcoind/activities. 37When the next version of Bitcoin, 0.2: Satoshi Nakamoto to DEV-LIST, December 17, 2009. 37the majority of coins were still: Lerner. 37throughout 2009 no one else was sending or receiving: Data on the number of transactions per block available at https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions-per-block. 38In the very first recorded transaction of Bitcoin for United States dollars: Information on the transaction is available at https://blockchain .info/tx/7dff938918f07619abd38e4510890396b1cef4fbeca154fb7aaf ba8843295ea2. 38NewLibertyStandard came up with his own method: The shuttered exchange is still online at http://newlibertystandard.wikifoundry.com/page/Exchange+Rate. 39Swap Variety Shop on his exchange website: The shuttered shop is still online at http://newlibertystandard.wikifoundry.com/page/Specialty+Shop.
: The video of Dorian Nakamoto leaving his house is viewable at http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/07/satoshi-nakamoto-denies-inventing-bitcoin. 323“simply be an old man saying ANYTHING”: Gavin’s letter to McGrath Goodman is available at http://www.reddit.com/r/bitcoin/comments/1zqjq6/open_letter_to_leah_mcgrath/. 323In an Amazon review of Danish butter cookies: The review is available at http://www.amazon.com/review/R3U92F9YRUSF37. 323The AP’s story and video from its interview: The interview is viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422579428&x-yt-cl= 85114404&v=GrrtA6IoR_E. 324An Argentinian security expert, Sergio Lerner, had done: Sergio Demian Lerner, “The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, BitcoinCreator, Visionary and Genius,” Bitslog, April 17, 2013, https://bitslog.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-well-deserved-fortune-of-satoshi-nakamoto/. 333 “Friends, citizens, Bitcoiners, there is nothing”: Charlie’s speech is viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
On the cover was a dramatic mask, against a black background with the title “BITCOIN’S FACE: THE MYSTERY MAN BEHIND THE CRYPTO-CURRENCY.” Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity had been a recurring fascination for journalists, but all the previous searches had ended with inconclusive results. Given Satoshi’s skill in using anonymizing software, many assumed that Satoshi would never be found until he, she, or they decided to come forward. The Newsweek reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman, had seemingly cracked the nut in the most unexpected way. The man she found was named Dorian Nakamoto, but the papers recording his immigration from Japan to the United States in 1959, at age ten, showed that his name, at birth, had been Satoshi. This Satoshi Nakamoto had gotten a degree in physics from California State Polytechnic University and had worked on classified engineering projects before his retirement.
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The aforementioned Wei Dai was still involved in cryptography after the B-money proposal and so is a prime suspect. There is, of course, the long-held theory that Satoshi Nakamoto is/was Nick Szabo, who wrote publicly about concepts very similar to Bitcoin. There is also David Chaum, who certainly had the necessary experience and perhaps wanted to show the world that electronic cash was viable. Adam Back invented hashcash and commented on the B-money proposal when it was first proposed in the Cypherpunk mailing list, so he can’t be ruled out either. A man named Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, who was living in a small house in California, was once “outed” as the real Satoshi Nakamoto by Newsweek in a highly controversial cover story.13 When the article came out, Satoshi Nakamoto’s email came back to life, only to post on the Bitcoin developer mailing list that he was “not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Gox, cofounder of Ripple, and cofounder of Stellar. Satoshi Nakamoto: The anonymous creator of Bitcoin, suspected to be one person or several people. Dread Pirate Roberts: The leader of the infamous Silk Road underground marketplace. May be a group of people or a name passed from person to person. Amir Taaki: Dark Wallet co-creator and lead developer of Darkmarket, later forked to Open Bazaar. Peter Todd: Bitcoin core developer. Ross Ulbricht: Was accused and convicted of being Dread Pirate Roberts; his case is under appeal. Roger Ver: Angel investor and Bitcoin evangelist; CEO of Memorydealers.com, one of the first sites to accept Bitcoin, and founder of the company Blockchain. Cody Wilson: Dark Wallet co-creator and 3D-printed gun designer. Craig Wright: A recent addition to the search for Satoshi Nakamoto. Wired magazine recently reported he was “probably” the creator of Bitcoin (or wanted the world to think he was).
The paper is available at: http://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf The main properties: Double-spending is prevented with a peer-to-peer network. No mint or other trusted parties. Participants can be anonymous. New coins are made from Hashcash style proof-of-work. The proof-of-work for new coin generation also powers the network to prevent double-spending. —Satoshi Nakamoto’s announcement of Bitcoin, The Cryptography and Cryptography Policy Mailing List, November 1, 2008 With this message, an anonymous person or group posting under the name Satoshi Nakamoto started the revolution known to the public as Bitcoin. When the Internet first came into the public’s consciousness, people instantly began wondering how Internet commerce would be handled. A lot of people could see the potential of selling goods through the Internet, since—as I noted earlier—systems that enabled home shopping through computer terminals had been around since the 1970s.
Bitcoin Internals: A Technical Guide to Bitcoin by Chris Clark
Recently, ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) have been developed that are orders of magnitude faster than GPUs. At this point, miners need to have custom hardware to make mining a profitable investment. Bibliography  Satoshi Nakamoto, "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System," referenced in e-mail sent to email@example.com mailing list, October 31, 2008. http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg09959.html  "Satoshi Nakamoto," Bitcoin Wiki, June 13, 2013. https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Satoshi_Nakamoto#Work  "Bitcoin Ladder," Bitcoin Wiki, June 14, 2013. https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Bitcoin_Ladder#Top_companies  Andy Greenberg, "Black Market Drug Site ’Silk Road’ Booming: $22 Million In Annual Sales," Forbes, August 6, 2012. http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/06/black-market-drug-site-silk-road-booming-22-million-in-annual-mostly-illegal-sales/  Reuben Grinberg, "Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency," Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (4) (2011): 160. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1817857  Ralph Merkle, "A certified digital signature," Proceedings on Advances in cryptology (CRYPTO ’89) (1989): 218-238.
People have an incentive to join the Bitcoin network because those who process transactions are rewarded with newly created bitcoins. Who created Bitcoin? Bitcoin started as a free, open-source computer program written by an author or group of authors who used the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The pseudonym was used in both the source code3 and in the white paper that describes the idea. Nakamoto’s possible motivations for creating Bitcoin can be gleaned from some of his or her discussions on mailing lists: "[Bitcoin is] very attractive to the libertarian viewpoint if we can explain it properly. I’m better with code than with words though." - Satoshi Nakamoto It is estimated that Nakamoto now owns over $100 million worth of bitcoins, as of May 2013. Nakamoto’s involvement with the Bitcoin project faded in mid-2010, after which the open-source community, headed by Gavin Andresen, took over responsibility for the source code. Why do bitcoins have value?
Bibliography  Satoshi Nakamoto, "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System," referenced in e-mail sent to email@example.com mailing list, October 31, 2008. http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg09959.html  "Satoshi Nakamoto," Bitcoin Wiki, June 13, 2013. https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Satoshi_Nakamoto#Work  "Bitcoin Ladder," Bitcoin Wiki, June 14, 2013. https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Bitcoin_Ladder#Top_companies  Andy Greenberg, "Black Market Drug Site ’Silk Road’ Booming: $22 Million In Annual Sales," Forbes, August 6, 2012. http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/06/black-market-drug-site-silk-road-booming-22-million-in-annual-mostly-illegal-sales/  Reuben Grinberg, "Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency," Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (4) (2011): 160. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1817857  Ralph Merkle, "A certified digital signature," Proceedings on Advances in cryptology (CRYPTO ’89) (1989): 218-238. Originally submitted to CACM, 1979. http://www.merkle.com/papers/Certified1979.pdf  Claude Shannon, "Communication Theory of Secrecy Systems," Bell System Technical Journal 28 (4) (1949): 656715.  Satoshi Nakamoto, e-mail to email@example.com mailing list, November 14, 2008. http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg10001.html  Adrianne Jeffries, "Four years and $100 million later, Bitcoin’s mysterious creator remains anonymous," The Verge, May 6, 2013. http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/6/4295028/report-satoshi-nakamoto  Timothy Lee, "An Illustrated History Of Bitcoin Crashes," Forbes, April 11, 2013. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/2013/04/11/an-illustrated-history-of-bitcoin-crashes/  Laurie Law, Susan Sabett, Jerry Solinas, "How to make a mint: the cryptography of anonymous electronic cash," National Security Agency, Office of Information Security Research and Technology, Cryptology Division, June 18, 1996. http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/classes/6.805/articles/money/nsamint/nsamint.htm  David Chaum, "Blind signatures for untraceable payments," Advances in Cryptology Proceedings of Crypto 82 (3) (1983): 199-203
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
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Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter where we lived or were born. What new tools and new jobs could we create with those capabilities? What new businesses and services? How should we think about the opportunities? The answers were right in front of us, compliments of Satoshi Nakamoto. THE SEVEN DESIGN PRINCIPLES We believe that this next era could be inspired by Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision, designed around a set of implicit principles, and realized by the collaborative spirit of many passionate and equally talented leaders in the community. His grand vision was limited to money, not to some greater goal of creating a second generation of the Internet. There was no discussion of reinventing the firm, changing our institutions, or transforming civilization for the better.
God being the ultimate in confessional discretion, no party would learn anything more about the other parties’ inputs than they could learn from their own inputs and the output.”4 His point was powerful: Doing business on the Internet requires a leap of faith. Because the infrastructure lacks the much-needed security, we often have little choice but to treat the middlemen as if they were deities. A decade later in 2008, the global financial industry crashed. Perhaps propitiously, a pseudonymous person or persons named Satoshi Nakamoto outlined a new protocol for a peer-to-peer electronic cash system using a cryptocurrency called bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies (digital currencies) are different from traditional fiat currencies because they are not created or controlled by countries. This protocol established a set of rules—in the form of distributed computations—that ensured the integrity of the data exchanged among these billions of devices without going through a trusted third party.
We believe the advent of a decentralized world-wide ledger coupled with powerful encryption to mask the identities of buyer and seller will be attractive to the art world.”28 The artist becomes what could be called a “rights monetizer” with the technology making deals and collecting revenue in real time. You could apply this same model to other fields as well. In science, a researcher could publish a paper to a limited audience of peers, as Satoshi Nakamoto did, and receive reviews and the credibility to publish to a larger audience, rather than assigning all rights to a scientific journal. The paper might even be available for free but other scientists could subscribe to a deeper analysis or threaded discussions with the author about it. She could make her raw data available or perhaps share data with other scientists as part of a smart contract.
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Although cryptographers, mathematicians and coders have been working on increasingly specific and advanced protocols in order to get stronger and stronger privacy and authenticity guarantees out of various systems—from electronic cash to voting to file transfer—progress was slow for over 30 years. The innovation of the blockchain—or, more generally, the innovation of public economic consensus by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009—proved to be the one missing piece of the puzzle that single-handedly gave the industry its next giant leap forward. The political environment seemed to almost snap into place: the great financial crisis in 2008 spurred growing distrust in mainstream finance, including both corporations and the governments that are normally supposed to regulate them, and was the initial spark that drove many to seek out alternatives.
Block by block, we will accumulate our own chains of knowledge, and we will learn and understand the blockchain, what it changes, and the implications of such change. Today, we google for everything, mostly information or products. Tomorrow, we will perform the equivalent of “googling” to verify records, identities, authenticity, rights, work done, titles, contracts, and other valuable asset-related processes. There will be digital ownership certificates for everything. Just like we cannot double spend digital money anymore (thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto's invention), we will not be able to double copy or forge official certificates once they are certified on a blockchain. That was a missing piece of the information revolution, which the blockchain fixes. I still remember the initial excitement around being able to track a shipped package on the Web when FedEx introduced this capability for the first time in 1994. Today, we take that type of service for granted, but this particular feature was a watershed use case that demonstrated what we could do on the early Web.
SOFTWARE, GAME THEORY AND CRYPTOGRAPHY Another way to understand the blockchain is in seeing it as a triad of combustion of the known fields of 1) game theory, 2) cryptography science, and 3) software engineering. Separately, these fields have existed for a long time, but for the first time, they have together intersected harmoniously and morphed inside blockchain technology. Game theory is ‘the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers.”4 And this is related to the blockchain because the Bitcoin blockchain, originally conceived by Satoshi Nakamoto, had to solve a known game theory conundrum called the Byzantine Generals Problem.5 Solving that problem consists in mitigating any attempts by a small number of unethical Generals who would otherwise become traitors, and lie about coordinating their attack to guarantee victory. This is accomplished by enforcing a process for verifying the work that was put into crafting these messages, and time-limiting the requirement for seeing untampered messages in order to ensure their validity.
Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy by Melanie Swan
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It is as if PayPal had called the Internet “PayPal,” upon which the PayPal protocol was run, to transfer the PayPal currency. The blockchain industry is using these terms interchangeably sometimes because it is still in the process of shaping itself into what could likely become established layers in a technology stack. Bitcoin was created in 2009 (released on January 9, 20096) by an unknown person or entity using the name Satoshi Nakamoto. The concept and operational details are described in a concise and readable white paper, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.”7 Payments using the decentralized virtual currency are recorded in a public ledger that is stored on many—potentially all—Bitcoin users’ computers, and continuously viewable on the Internet. Bitcoin is the first and largest decentralized cryptocurrency.
However, nearly every other US government agency—including FinCEN (financial crimes enforcement network), banking regulators, and the CFPB, SEC, CFTC, and DOJ—regulate Bitcoin as a currency.31 Chapter 2. Blockchain 2.0: Contracts From its very beginning, complexity beyond currency and payments was envisioned for Bitcoin; the possibilities for programmable money and contracts were baked into the protocol at its invention. A 2010 communication from Satoshi Nakamoto indicates that “the design supports a tremendous variety of possible transaction types that I designed years ago. Escrow transactions, bonded contracts, third-party arbitration, multiparty signature, etc. If Bitcoin catches on in a big way, these are things we’ll want to explore in the future, but they all had to be designed at the beginning to make sure they would be possible later.”32 As we’ll see in Chapter 3, these structures could be applied beyond financial transactions, to any kind of transaction—even “figurative” ones.
These analogies might be like calling Chrome a “Napster 2.0,” or Facebook or AdBlock a “Web Browser 3.0.” The key idea is that the decentralized transaction ledger functionality of the blockchain could be used to register, confirm, and transfer all manner of contracts and property. Table 2-1 lists some of the different classes and examples of property and contracts that might be transferred with the blockchain. Satoshi Nakamoto started by specifying escrow transactions, bonded contracts, third-party arbitration, and multiparty signature transactions. All financial transactions could be reinvented on the blockchain, including stock, private equity, crowdfunding instruments, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, pensions, and all manner of derivatives (futures, options, swaps, and other derivatives). Table 2-1. Blockchain applications beyond currency (adapted from the Ledra Capital Mega Master Blockchain List; see Appendix B)34 Class Examples General Escrow transactions, bonded contracts, third-party arbitration, multiparty signature transactions Financial transactions Stock, private equity, crowdfunding, bonds, mutual funds, derivatives, annuities, pensions Public records Land and property titles, vehicle registrations, business licenses, marriage certificates, death certificates Identification Driver’s licenses, identity cards, passports, voter registrations Private records IOUs, loans, contracts, bets, signatures, wills, trusts, escrows Attestation Proof of insurance, proof of ownership, notarized documents Physical asset keys Home, hotel rooms, rental cars, automobile access Intangible assets Patents, trademarks, copyrights, reservations, domain names Public records, too, can be migrated to the blockchain: land and property titles, vehicle registrations, business licenses, marriage certificates, and death certificates.
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
23andMe, 3D printing, Airbnb, algorithmic trading, AltaVista, Anne Wojcicki, autonomous vehicles, banking crisis, barriers to entry, Bernie Madoff, bioinformatics, bitcoin, blockchain, Brian Krebs, British Empire, business intelligence, call centre, carbon footprint, cloud computing, collaborative consumption, connected car, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, cryptocurrency, David Brooks, disintermediation, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, distributed ledger, Edward Glaeser, Edward Snowden, en.wikipedia.org, Erik Brynjolfsson, fiat currency, future of work, global supply chain, Google X / Alphabet X, industrial robot, Internet of things, invention of the printing press, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, job automation, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, litecoin, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, Mikhail Gorbachev, mobile money, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, new economy, offshore financial centre, open economy, peer-to-peer lending, personalized medicine, Peter Thiel, precision agriculture, pre–internet, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, ride hailing / ride sharing, Satoshi Nakamoto, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, smart cities, social graph, software as a service, special economic zone, supply-chain management, supply-chain management software, technoutopianism, underbanked, Vernor Vinge, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, women in the workforce, Y Combinator, young professional
Bitcoin came about both as a result of declining trust in the traditional financial system during the financial crisis and because of its technological advance in creating a trustable mechanism for monetary exchange online. On October 31, 2008, a research paper, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” was published on a cryptography listserv by a mysterious author identified as “Satoshi Nakamoto” who has kept his/her (their?) identity unknown. It called for the creation of the world’s “first decentralized digital currency.” Satoshi Nakamoto condemned state-based currencies: The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve.
Fraud is further diminished by the fact that every bitcoin carries its history with it; to try to counterfeit a coin would require counterfeiting a false lineage going back all the way to the beginning of Bitcoin. It would never be accepted by the system, since the millions of copies of the ledger that reside throughout the rest of the Bitcoin network would not have any record of this counterfeit coin or its invented history. A widely distributed ledger lets everyone know who has what and prevents any individual from barging in with counterfeited property. The major headache that Satoshi Nakamoto conquered, and that every previous cryptocurrency had failed to manage, was the question of how to update that decentralized ledger: How could you make sure that the millions of copies of the master ledger, which are located far and wide throughout the Bitcoin network, are all the same, all accurate, all up to date, without anyone cheating? The answer to this question is what gives the blockchain its name and what makes decentralized digital trust actually possible.
Litecoin markets itself as being more abundant and faster to mine than bitcoins. Charlie Lee, a former Google software engineer, designed Litecoin in his spare time and launched it in 2011 to complement Bitcoin. Lee said, “People like choices. You want to diversify your cryptocurrency investments.” He has described Litecoin as “silver to Bitcoin’s gold,” and he designed the Litecoin software to produce 84 million litecoins in comparison to Satoshi Nakamoto’s design for 21 million bitcoins. Lee also decided to use scrypt cryptography to reduce mining rates per unit down to 2.5 minutes in comparison to Bitcoin’s 10 minutes. Lee also chose this type of cryptography, which relies on computer memory rather than processing power, to avoid the kind of high-carbon arms race he sees among miners in the Bitcoin community. Ripple markets itself as a global payment platform by allowing members to pay in any currency—from its own currency, the ripple (XRP), to bitcoins to state-based currencies.
The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
AltaVista, altcoin, bitcoin, blockchain, clean water, cognitive dissonance, cryptocurrency, ethereum blockchain, global reserve currency, litecoin, London Interbank Offered Rate, Oculus Rift, packet switching, peer-to-peer lending, Ponzi scheme, ransomware, reserve currency, Satoshi Nakamoto, self-driving car, Skype, smart contracts, the medium is the message, trade route, underbanked, WikiLeaks
Just that allows you to grasp how disruptive this technology is going to be in terms of international payment systems. But this is just the beginning. Bitcoin is a digital currency that came into existence in 2008 as an invention by a person called Satoshi Nakamoto. He published a paper where he posited that he had found the way to create a decentralized network that could achieve consensus, agreement, without any central controlling authority. Now, if you have studied computer science or distributed systems, this is known as the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. It was first described in 1982. Until 2008, it was an unsolved problem. Then, Satoshi Nakamoto said, "I have solved it." Guess what happened next? Everybody laughed, ignored him, and dismissed him. He published his paper, and three months later, he published software that allowed people to start building the bitcoin network.
He published his paper, and three months later, he published software that allowed people to start building the bitcoin network. Bitcoin is not a company. It is not an organization. It is a standard or a protocol just like TCP/IP, or the internet. It’s not owned by anyone. It operates by simple mathematical rules that everyone who participates in the network agrees on. Through this simple mechanism, through this invention of Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin is able to allow a completely decentralized network of computers to agree on what transactions have occurred on a network, essentially agreeing on who currently has the money. So, if I send money from my account to somebody else’s account in this peer-to-peer, completely decentralized network, it’s just like sending an email. There’s no one in the middle. Every ten minutes, the entire network agrees on what transactions have happened, without any centralized authority, by a simple election that occurs electronically.
Digital Bank: Strategies for Launching or Becoming a Digital Bank by Chris Skinner
algorithmic trading, Amazon Web Services, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, augmented reality, bank run, Basel III, bitcoin, business intelligence, business process, business process outsourcing, call centre, cashless society, clean water, cloud computing, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, demand response, disintermediation, don't be evil, en.wikipedia.org, fault tolerance, fiat currency, financial innovation, Google Glasses, high net worth, informal economy, Infrastructure as a Service, Internet of things, Jeff Bezos, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, M-Pesa, margin call, mass affluent, mobile money, Mohammed Bouazizi, new economy, Northern Rock, Occupy movement, platform as a service, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, pre–internet, quantitative easing, ransomware, reserve currency, RFID, Satoshi Nakamoto, Silicon Valley, smart cities, software as a service, Steve Jobs, strong AI, Stuxnet, trade route, unbanked and underbanked, underbanked, upwardly mobile, We are the 99%, web application, Y2K
Instead of a central bank issuing the currency, Bitcoins are issued by anyone with a computer or smartphone, and are issued using encryption algorithms. In other words, extremely difficult mathematical problems are incorporated into each coin and transactions are cryptographically authenticated. This makes Bitcoins a combination of a commodity and a fiat currency, with the creation of Bitcoin dating back to 2008 when Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper about a peer-to-peer exchange of value for the internet age.  The coins are digital currency designed to be controlled through encryption, rather than a centralised authority, and potentially operate in exactly the same way as cash. Bitcoins are fully exchangeable as an anonymous form of currency in real-time across the internet and Point-of-Sale, with core features that they can be: Sent to anyone with a Bitcoin address; Accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection; Anybody can start buying, selling or accepting Bitcoins regardless of their location; Completely distributed with no bank or payment processor between users (this decentralization is the basis for Bitcoin’s security and freedom); and Transactions are free (for now, this will change).
The reason why Bitcoins are viewed as dangerous by governments is for exactly the reasons cited earlier – they cannot be controlled – and there will be a long and arduous battle between controllers and the uncontrolled. This is the nature of the Wikiconomy. Nevertheless, I have invested in Bitcoins and suggest you do too, as it is very likely that they will be a major store of value for years to come in the near term. Bitcoin’s timeline 2008–2009 In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto posted a paper describing the Bitcoin protocol on the internet. In 2009, the Bitcoin network came into existence with the release of the first open source Bitcoin client and the issuance of the first Bitcoins. 2010 The prices for the first Bitcoin transactions were negotiated by individuals on the Bitcointalk forums. One notable transaction involved a 10,000 BTC pizza. On 6 August, a major vulnerability in the Bitcoin protocol was spotted.
The other business will be for firms that want to access international markets from one country and have issues with chargebacks and structures. They may be shipping under $35 goods or services, or shipping a digital service rather than physical goods, and these firms may find that Bitcoin, relying solely on code and mathematics, is the only currency they could use. It’s a bit technical however, isn’t it? That’s the biggest barrier to Bitcoin. It’s not end-user friendly. Every client is working off the first codebase. Satoshi Nakamoto solved the last logic problem to create a decentralized currency. He’s an academic, incredibly smart, but not a computer engineer. The code was not written in the most efficient way therefore, but every client today has built off this code. Now, for the first time, we are rewriting the code from the ground up to be more efficient and effective. The new code is being built from scratch in a modular fashion, so merchants can take it and change it and it will be much faster and end-user friendly.
Orwell Versus the Terrorists: A Digital Short by Jamie Bartlett
augmented reality, barriers to entry, bitcoin, blockchain, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, Edward Snowden, ethereum blockchain, Kuwabatake Sanjuro: assassination market, Satoshi Nakamoto, technoutopianism, Zimmermann PGP
And there are even more revolutionary plans in the pipeline. An alternative way of organising the internet is being built as we speak, an internet where no one is in control, where no one can find you or shut you down, where no one can manipulate your content. A decentralised world that is both private and impossible to censor. Back in 2009, in an obscure cryptography chat forum, a mysterious man called Satoshi Nakamoto invented the crypto-currency Bitcoin.fn3 It turns out the real genius of Bitcoin was not the currency at all, but the way that it works. Bitcoin creates an immutable, unchangeable public copy of every transaction ever made by its users, which is hosted and verified by every computer that downloads the software. This public copy is called the ‘blockchain’. Pretty soon, enthusiasts figured out that the blockchain system could be used for anything.
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
3D printing, 4chan, bitcoin, blockchain, brain emulation, carbon footprint, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, deindustrialization, Edward Snowden, Filter Bubble, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, global village, Google Chrome, Howard Rheingold, Internet of things, invention of writing, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Julian Assange, Kuwabatake Sanjuro: assassination market, life extension, litecoin, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, moral hazard, Occupy movement, pre–internet, Ray Kurzweil, Satoshi Nakamoto, Skype, slashdot, technological singularity, technoutopianism, Ted Kaczynski, The Coming Technological Singularity, Turing test, Vernor Vinge, WikiLeaks, Zimmermann PGP
After Gilmore shut down the original mailing list, others sprang up in its place, with several dedicated to improving crypto. The most notable was the cryptography mailing list hosted by Perry Metzger, where many of the original cypherpunks migrated. But it also attracted a new generation who were just as keen to post papers and ideas about how to evade government surveillance and improve individual privacy online. In early 2008 a mysterious contributor to the cryptography mailing list called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message that would change everything. To Calafou Six weeks after Amir’s talk, I find myself walking down a dusty hill and over a concrete bridge towards an enormous nineteenth-century textile factory complex. The words ‘Calafou: còlonia ecoindustrial postcapitalista’ are painted in large black and green letters on a wall outside. It’s mid-afternoon. I approach a bearded, long-haired man loitering by the entrance, and ask for Amir.
p.157 ‘However, researchers have found that . . .’ http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/bitcoin-isnt-the-criminal-safe-haven-people-think-it-is; http://anonymity-in-bitcoin.blogspot.com/2011/07/bitcoin-is-not-anonymous.html. p.157 ‘CoinJoin, for example, works . . .’ https://bitcointalk.org/index.php? topic=139581.0. p.158 ‘The future of these markets . . .’ http://www.chaum.com/articles/Security_Wthout_Identification.htm. This was what David Chaum – the inventor of digital cash twenty years before Satoshi Nakamoto – had in mind all along. In his 1985 book, Security without Identification: Transaction Systems to Make Big Brother Obsolete, he set out systems that could combine anonymity with secure payment. p.159 ‘Dark net markets have introduced . . .’ Hirschman, A., Exit Voice and Loyalty. p.160 ‘When Professor Nicolas Christin analysed . . .’ http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/nicolasc/publications/TR-CMU-CyLab-12-018.pdf.
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Blockchain People have gone mad trying to understand how the blockchain works, never mind trying to explain it. Its most famous application is Bitcoin, the world’s first completely decentralized digital currency.[cccxlix] In just a few years, the Bitcoin “economy” has grown larger than the economies of some countries. The value of a Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly, hitting a peak of $1,216 in November 2013. The insights which made Bitcoin possible were published in 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and the blockchain is at the heart of it. The blockchain is a public ledger which records transactions. The clever bit is that the ledger is completely trustworthy despite having no central authority, like a bank, to validate it. It is trustworthy in that you can have full confidence that if someone gives you a Bitcoin, then you do own that Bitcoin: the person who gave it to you will not be nipping off to spend the same piece of currency elsewhere, even though it is entirely digital.
These miners are working continuously on mathematical problems whose solutions are hard to find but easy to verify. A problem is solved (“mined”) roughly every ten minutes, and each solution creates a block. The new block is added to the chain, and incorporates the transactions made since the last block was added to the chain. Your transaction is published on the blockchain’s network as soon as it is agreed, but it is only confirmed, and hence reliable, when a miner has incorporated it into a block. Satoshi Nakamoto’s innovation solved a previously intractable challenge in computer science known as the Byzantine General’s Problem. Imagine a mediaeval city surrounded by a dozen armies, each led by a powerful general. If the armies mount a co-ordinated attack, their victory is assured, but they can only communicate by messengers on horseback who visit the generals one by one, and some of the generals are untrustworthy.
Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff
3D printing, Airbnb, algorithmic trading, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Andrew Keen, bank run, banking crisis, barriers to entry, bitcoin, blockchain, Burning Man, business process, buy low sell high, California gold rush, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, carbon footprint, centralized clearinghouse, citizen journalism, clean water, cloud computing, collaborative economy, collective bargaining, colonial exploitation, Community Supported Agriculture, corporate personhood, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, disintermediation, diversified portfolio, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, ethereum blockchain, fiat currency, Firefox, Flash crash, full employment, future of work, gig economy, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, global village, Google bus, Howard Rheingold, IBM and the Holocaust, impulse control, income inequality, index fund, iterative process, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, job automation, Joseph Schumpeter, Kickstarter, loss aversion, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, market fundamentalism, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, medical bankruptcy, minimum viable product, Naomi Klein, Network effects, new economy, Norbert Wiener, Oculus Rift, passive investing, payday loans, peer-to-peer lending, Peter Thiel, post-industrial society, profit motive, quantitative easing, race to the bottom, recommendation engine, reserve currency, RFID, Richard Stallman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Satoshi Nakamoto, Second Machine Age, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Snapchat, social graph, software patent, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, trade route, transportation-network company, Turing test, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, unpaid internship, Y Combinator, young professional, Zipcar
Could a money system look and act less like iTunes and more like BitTorrent, where, instead of depending on a platform monopoly to negotiate everything, all the participants use protocols to interact with one another directly? Could a digital money system achieve with openness what traditional banks do with secrecy? The only way to find out is to start as openly as possible. That’s why Bitcoin first appeared as the subject of a 2008 white paper authored by someone (or multiple someones) going under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. The paper outlined a concept for a virtual currency created and traded on a peer-to-peer, open-source platform. It would need no central authority to issue it, nor any central middleman to verify or administer its transactions. The network platform would be called Bitcoin, and its currency would be called bitcoins.27 This idea was not entirely new. Virtual and decentralized currencies had been tried in the past.
David Wessel, “Lousy Economic Growth Is a Choice, Not an Inevitability,” brookings.edu, October 13, 2014. 24. Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne, Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013). 25. Joanna Glasner, “PayPal’s IPO Woes Continue,” Wired, February 12, 2002. 26. In most of the world, that would be SWIFT. 27. Satoshi Nakamoto, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” bitcoin.org, October 31, 2008. 28. Ibid. 29. Pedro Franco, Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, Engineering and Economics (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2014). 30. Ibid. 31. Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies (Sebastopol, Calif.: O’Reilly Media, 2014). 32. Franco, Understanding Bitcoin. 33. Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin. 34.
3D printing, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Andy Kessler, banking crisis, barriers to entry, bitcoin, blockchain, Burning Man, business climate, call centre, car-free, cloud computing, collaborative consumption, collaborative economy, collective bargaining, congestion charging, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, decarbonisation, don't be evil, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, ethereum blockchain, Ferguson, Missouri, Firefox, frictionless, Gini coefficient, hive mind, income inequality, index fund, informal economy, Internet of things, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, Kickstarter, Lean Startup, Lyft, means of production, megacity, Minecraft, minimum viable product, Network effects, new economy, Oculus Rift, openstreetmap, optical character recognition, pattern recognition, peer-to-peer lending, Richard Stallman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Satoshi Nakamoto, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, self-driving car, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, six sigma, Skype, smart cities, smart grid, Snapchat, sovereign wealth fund, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, TaskRabbit, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Nature of the Firm, transaction costs, Turing test, Uber and Lyft, Zipcar
It provides a successful model for how Peers Inc networks can be entirely owned and governed by peer collaborators. Right now there is an explosion of ideas, innovation, invention, and excitement as a result of the Bitcoin experiment. People are applying the principles, code, and experience to arenas well beyond just currency, trying to solve many of the challenges raised in the second half of this book. Let’s start with a very brief background on Bitcoin. In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a paper about a digital currency, called Bitcoin. “Satoshi Nakamoto” is a pseudonym, and no one knows whether it refers to a real person or a group of people. In 2009 their ideas were released as open-source software. (Note that this is yet another example where the concept and organizing principle of the platform were simply gifted out of thin air; that’s not a replicable strategy.) The Bitcoin software now exists as a platform and set of protocols for how to create, store, and use Bitcoins.
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, Ayatollah Khomeini, bank run, banking crisis, Ben Bernanke: helicopter money, bitcoin, Black Swan, Bretton Woods, BRICs, business climate, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, centre right, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, complexity theory, computer age, credit crunch, currency peg, David Graeber, debt deflation, Deng Xiaoping, diversification, Edward Snowden, eurozone crisis, fiat currency, financial innovation, financial intermediation, financial repression, Flash crash, floating exchange rates, forward guidance, George Akerlof, global reserve currency, global supply chain, Growth in a Time of Debt, income inequality, inflation targeting, invisible hand, jitney, Kenneth Rogoff, labor-force participation, labour mobility, Lao Tzu, liquidationism / Banker’s doctrine / the Treasury view, liquidity trap, Long Term Capital Management, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, market clearing, market design, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, mutually assured destruction, obamacare, offshore financial centre, oil shale / tar sands, open economy, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price stability, quantitative easing, RAND corporation, reserve currency, risk-adjusted returns, Rod Stewart played at Stephen Schwarzman birthday party, Ronald Reagan, Satoshi Nakamoto, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, sovereign wealth fund, special drawing rights, Stuxnet, The Market for Lemons, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Thomas L Friedman, too big to fail, trade route, uranium enrichment, Washington Consensus, working-age population, yield curve
Other indications are anecdotal and difficult to quantify but are no less telling. Among them are the rise of alternative currencies and of virtual or digital currencies such as bitcoin. Digital currencies exist within private peer-to-peer computer networks and are not issued by or supported by any government or central bank. The bitcoin phenomenon began in 2008 with the pseudonymous publication of a paper (by Satoshi Nakamoto) describing the protocols for the creation of a new electronic digital currency. In January 2009 the first bitcoins were created by Nakamoto’s software. He continued making technical contributions to the bitcoin project until 2010, at which point he withdrew from active participation. However, by that time a large community of developers, libertarians, and entrepreneurs had taken up the project.
Employment Situation,” EconoMonitor, July 24, 2013, http://www.economonitor.com/danalperts2cents/2013/07/24/the-new-sick-onomy-examining-the-entrails-of-the-u-s-employment-situation. By August 2013, total student loans backed . . . : “The Rolling Student Loan Bailout,” Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2013, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968704578652291680883634.html. “the test of a first-rate intelligence . . .”: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up (1936; reprint New York: New Directions, 2009). The bitcoin phenomenon began in 2008 . . . : Satoshi Nakamoto, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” November 1, 2008, http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf. the history of barter is mostly a myth: David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Melville House, 2011), pp. 21–41. “Sept. 11 was not a failure of intelligence or coordination . . .”: Thomas L. Friedman, “A Failure to Imagine,” New York Times, May 19, 2002, http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/19/opinion/a-failure-to-imagine.html.
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Amazon Web Services, asset allocation, autonomous vehicles, bank run, bitcoin, Brian Krebs, buy low sell high, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, combinatorial explosion, computer vision, corporate governance, crowdsourcing, en.wikipedia.org, Erik Brynjolfsson, estate planning, Flash crash, Gini coefficient, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, haute couture, hiring and firing, income inequality, index card, industrial robot, invention of agriculture, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, job automation, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, Loebner Prize, Mark Zuckerberg, mortgage debt, natural language processing, Own Your Own Home, pattern recognition, Satoshi Nakamoto, school choice, Schrödinger's Cat, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, sentiment analysis, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, software as a service, The Chicago School, Turing test, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, winner-take-all economy, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration
As we learn to trust these systems to transport us, introduce us to potential mates, customize our news, protect our property, monitor our environment, grow, prepare, and serve our food, teach our children, and care for our elderly, it will be easy to miss the bigger picture. They will offer us the minimum required to keep us satisfied while pocketing the excess profits, just as any smart businessperson does. The first glimmers of this are already visible. Bitcoins, for instance. It’s a new currency that exists solely in cyberspace and isn’t controlled by anyone. It was invented by an anonymous person or entity named Satoshi Nakamoto. No one may know who—or what—he is, but it’s clear that he doesn’t control the production, management, or value of his creation. Despite halfhearted attempts to regulate or legitimize bitcoins, neither do governments. Or anyone else, for that matter. As long as they can be converted to and from other assets of value—whether legally or illegally anywhere in the world—bitcoins will continue to exist and find adherents.
Culture & Empire: Digital Revolution by Pieter Hintjens
4chan, airport security, anti-communist, anti-pattern, barriers to entry, Bill Duvall, bitcoin, blockchain, business climate, business intelligence, business process, Chelsea Manning, clean water, congestion charging, Corn Laws, correlation does not imply causation, cryptocurrency, Debian, Edward Snowden, failed state, financial independence, Firefox, full text search, German hyperinflation, global village, GnuPG, Google Chrome, greed is good, Hernando de Soto, hiring and firing, informal economy, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, Jeff Rulifson, Julian Assange, Kickstarter, M-Pesa, mutually assured destruction, Naomi Klein, national security letter, new economy, New Urbanism, Occupy movement, offshore financial centre, packet switching, patent troll, peak oil, pre–internet, private military company, race to the bottom, rent-seeking, reserve currency, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Stallman, Satoshi Nakamoto, security theater, Skype, slashdot, software patent, spectrum auction, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, Stuxnet, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, trade route, transaction costs, union organizing, web application, WikiLeaks, Y2K, zero day, Zipf's Law
In the beginning, when transaction chains were short, they were easy to process, and people could mine thousands of coins on their PCs. Today, as chains are long, it takes more effort to mine coins. Every year, the number of coins that can be mined falls, so at some point there will be no new BitCoins. The BitCoin design and open source software was written by a prudently anonymous team calling themselves "Satoshi Nakamoto." They took some existing concepts from the cryptographic community, and invented some new ones. The technology had one major vulnerability, which was fixed in 2010. Since then, it appears robust. BitCoin satisfies most of the criteria for use as a medium of digital trade. It is free from coercion by authorities. The transaction fees are paid in the form of computing power used to verify blocks and network bandwidth to exchange chains with others.
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Using bitcoins can be, depending on how you use them, almost completely anonymous. Originally, bitcoins were produced by ‘miners’ – a figurative term for computer owners who donated their processor time to the project and were rewarded with coins for their efforts. The currency, or rather, the system that creates the currency, was released to the web on 1 November 2008, as the world economic system teetered on the brink of systemic collapse. Anonymous software coder Satoshi Nakamoto issued the open source application, and included a sly reference to the latest banking bailout by Britain’s then-chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, buried in code for the so-called Genesis Block – the first coins ever ‘mined’, in January 2009.4 The main reason no purely digital currency has ever gained traction is because data-as-cash has a central flaw. As the music industry has discovered in recent years, digital information is infinitely copyable.
How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say--And What It Really Means by John Lanchester
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There used to be something called the Mars bar index, which tried to do something similar with the effect of inflation in the UK, but one of the problems with it is that Mars bars (unlike Big Macs) have changed size over time.21 See if, without looking at it, you can guess the most and least expensive countries in the world. Answer: Norway and Venezuela are the most expensive, and India and South Africa the least—though the Indian Big Mac is called the Maharaja Mac, and is made of chicken. If you’re wondering what Norway and Venuezuela have in common, the answer is nothing, except lots of oil. bitcoin An unregulated currency, created by someone or someones calling him, her, or themselves Satoshi Nakamoto, in 2008. It has no inherent value, so its worth depends entirely on the trust people have in it: in my view, that’s the most interesting thing about bitcoin, the fact it is a built-in lesson on the arbitrary nature of money values. Bitcoins are created by “mining,” i.e., by long slow computer calculations, and are stored and exchanged via digital “wallets.” This number crunching burns a lot of energy, and the cost of that energy is the real cost of creating bitcoins.
Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--And How to Make Them Work for You by Sangeet Paul Choudary, Marshall W. van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker
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To solve this problem, competing exchanges, such as the alternative trading system IEX, are using their own supercomputers to precisely time the order of bids, thereby eliminating the advantages of a Goldman Sachs.36 Architecture can level the playing field, making markets more competitive and fair for all. One of the most innovative forms of architectural control ever invented made its appearance in 2008, when an anonymous coding genius known as Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper on the Cryptography mailing list defining the Bitcoin digital currency and the so-called blockchain protocol governing it. Although Bitcoin is notable as the world’s first unforgeable digital currency that cannot be controlled by a government, bank, or individual, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. It makes possible fully decentralized, completely trustworthy interactions without any need for escrow payments or other guarantees.
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DAN KAMINSKY, SECURITY RESEARCHER Technology is enabling new forms of money, and the growing digital economy holds great promise to provide new financial tools, especially to the world’s poor and unbanked. These emerging virtual currencies are often anonymous and none have received quite as much press as Bitcoin, a decentralized peer-to-peer digital form of money. Bitcoins were invented in 2009 by a mysterious person (or group of people) using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto, and the coins are created or “mined” by solving increasingly difficult mathematical equations, requiring extensive computing power. The system is designed to ensure no more than twenty-one million Bitcoins are ever generated, thereby preventing a central authority from flooding the market with new Bitcoins. Most people purchase Bitcoins on third-party exchanges with traditional currencies, such as dollars or euros, or with credit cards.
The Social Life of Money by Nigel Dodd
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The technical problems that need to be overcome to achieve this combination are considerable. Two key dangers have to be avoided: the low-cost producer who can flood the market with bit gold (or, subsequently, Bitcoins) and the profiteering “bit gold miner” who uses optimized computer architecture. The history of Bitcoin suggests that the latter has proven more difficult to avoid than the former. Satoshi Nakamoto—a pseudonym for an individual or a group—introduced the idea of Bitcoin in a 2008 paper (Nakamoto 2008). He characterized the scheme as a system for electronic transactions that did not rely on trust, a possibility that in his view specifically required the elimination of opportunities for double spending. Double spending exists as a problem in electronic payment systems because each owner of a coin has no means of knowing whether or not the previous owner of the coin used it twice.