Interview: “The Bitcoin Protocol”

Interview: “The Bitcoin Protocol”

In this interview, Andreas answers questions about Bitcoin’s development into a secure, borderless system that is already influencing geopolitical relations and decision-making, and why the banks’ attempt to offer “blockchains in a bottle” is mostly a re-run of the boring and isolated intranets failing to compete against the innovation of the open internet.

0:17 – What is the potential for bitcoin to address financial inclusion?
1:58 – What will bitcoin’s impact be on countries like Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Venezuela, and China?
4:36 – How does Bitcoin’s consensus algorithm and architecture determine its properties?
6:44 – Is Bitcoin a success story in terms of decentralisation?
7:54 – Is Bitcoin’s governance system efficient? Is inefficiency bad?
9:20 – What are the most interesting upcoming developments? Technical: Time-based scripts, Segregated Witness, Schnorr signatures, Lightning Network, etc. Social: remittances, cross-border payments
14:10 – What big challenge does Bitcoin face in the next few years?
15:46 – What kind of regulations should we expect in the next few years? Who / what will be the focus or target?
18:17 – What is your advice for developers interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, or blockchains in general?
19:12 – Is the blockchain the most interesting part of Bitcoin?
21:47 – Do big banks and other financial companies really need blockchains?
24:44 – Why are open blockchains more innovative?

This interview with Vidal Chriqui, “Le protocole Bitcoin,” took place in October 2016 during the Merkle Conference in Paris, France:

Watch my talk from the event:

Consensus Algorithms, Blockchain Technology, and Bitcoin -
What is Consensus: Rules Without Rulers –
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting — Part 1: Transactions & Multisig –
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting — Part 2: SegWit, Consensus, & Trustware –
Bitcoin: Where the Laws of Mathematics Prevail –
Forkology: A Study of Forks for Newbies –

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

Follow on Twitter: @aantonop

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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