Bitcoin Q&A: Adoption of disruptive technology

Bitcoin Q&A: Adoption of disruptive technology

What are the barriers to adopting cryptocurrencies, and what will be the most popular use cases for them in the next five to ten years? Science fiction didn’t quite anticipate the evolution of computer technology. What you want is not always what will need. Disruptive technology breaks down previously existing categories and create new ones that didn’t exist before. Bitcoin is changing our conception of what a payment is and can do. What is the “streaming money” use case? There will be a transition changes the time dimension of money, from batches to flows.

These questions are from the Seattle ‘Internet of Money’ tour event, which took place on November 10th, 2018.

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Hard Promises, Soft Promises: Promoting Autonomy instead of Authority –
The Killer App: Engineering the Properties of Money –
Measuring Success: Price or Principle –
Escaping the Global Banking Cartel –
Why Open Blockchains Matter –
Decentralised Globalisation –
Investing in Education instead of Speculation –
Beyond Price: Bitcoin’s Impact on the Future –
Why I’m against ETFs –
Do crypto-banks threaten hard money? –
What is the appeal of sound money? –
Regulation and the bank boycott –
Wallet design and mass adoption –
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce –
Bitcoin, Lightning, and Streaming Money –
Scaling strategies and adoption –
Price volatility and store of value –
Why I earn bitcoin instead of buying –
Job opportunities with cryptocurrencies –
Inspiring cryptocurrency projects –
From barter to abstract money –
Crossing the chasm of theoretical vs. real need –
Remittances and smuggling in Venezuela –
How long until mainstream adoption? –
What is the biggest adoption hurdle? –
Bitcoin as everyday currency –
Hyperbitcoinization –
Why permissioned blockchains fail –
How to avoid re-creating systems of control –
Is bitcoin testing governments? –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.

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Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN:



Translations of THE INTERNET OF MONEY:
Spanish, ‘Internet del Dinero’ (v1) –
French, ‘L’internet de l’argent’ (v1) –
Russian, ‘Интернет денег’ (v1) –
Vietnamese, ‘Internet Của Tiền Tệ’ (v1) –


Music: “Unbounded” by Orfan (
Outro Graphics: Phneep (
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