Bitcoin Q&A: Is bitcoin testing governments?

Bitcoin Q&A: Is bitcoin testing governments?

What will governments do to stop private, decentralised currencies? How do social / political / economic freedom indexes compare to a country’s stance towards bitcoin? Bitcoin is not getting tested by governments, so much as governments are being tested by Bitcoin. Ideas are more powerful than any one individual who contributes to them.

This is part of a talk which took place on August 6th 2018 in ‘The Internet of Money Tour’ at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Denver, Colorado:

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Fake News, Fake Money –
Money As A System-of-Control –
Worse Than Useless: Financial Surveillance –
The Currency Wars and Bitcoin’s Neutrality –
Measuring Success: Price or Principle –
Why Open Blockchains Matter –
Decentralised Globalisation –
Investing in Education instead of Speculation –
Beyond Price: Bitcoin’s Impact on the Future –
Bitcoin and the Banks: Five Stages of Grief –
Borderless money –
Wallet design and mass adoption –
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce –
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 adption? –
What is the biggest adoption hurdle? –
What is the biggest threat? –
Bitcoin as everyday currency –
Hyperbitcoinization –

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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  1. Funny how math brings both security and people together. Long live the blockchain!

  2. when did the turkish government made any statement about BTC? Total b.s. this talk…

  3. Lucas Gardezani Abduch

    Woah. That was a good one. Greetings from Brazil.

  4. A like in Awesome. Greetings from Sweden!!!

  5. Andreas pls stay with us to teach us more about Bitcoin we will need someone like you when the Big Fight beetween Freedom against Evil comes

  6. Don't go to turkey after that speech, they will throw you in jail…

  7. This was an awesome video and so very true!

  8. “are there any terrorists in the room”

    should have just asked if there are any antifa in the room. But oh no wait, those are the good kind of terrorists. Right.

  9. As soon as BTC becomes more than a pump and dump for the elite they will attack the network and take btc down with ease. America has gone to war numerous times over the dollar, but unlike sending troops to Libya the NSA just needs to take the network down. The powers of the world will never lose control of their money supply and adopt bitcoin as their currency or a reserve currency. The people who control the supply of money to the world have every county and politician/law maker in their pocket, money talks.

  10. Belarus aka "Last Europe's Dictatorship" in Decree 8 (The Decree On the Development of Digital Economy) allow crypto =/

  11. Here is a question that I would love to hear your thoughts on, and hopefully there are more people interested to poke your brain on this one! So if you never read this, hopefully some one wants to post this question to your Q&A on patreon!

    If Bitcoin becomes widely adopted in the future, could a debate be started over code changes to introduce inflation?
    For example: They could convince a lot of people that we need inflation because a lot of coins are hoarded by a small group of people. Other arguments could be made ofcourse, and I fear a lot of people could easily be convinced by this.

    Do you think it is likely that this will happen eventually, and what do you think the outcome would be?

    Sorry if the question is long, but this is something I think about a lot. Perhaps right now we have a fixed supply, but what if the majority of the world gets convinced that we need to change that in the future…

  12. This guy always ends the video in style! Loved it!

  13. powerful truth

  14. Amazing as always.

  15. Great insights 😃👍

  16. Well, Well…Goverment in Poland will Fall. Couple months ago Prime Minister Morawiecki in Davos said that Bitcoin will be banned in Poland. He is very affraid because Power is corruption. Thank You Andreas. Your knowledge is very valueable. Appriciate that.

  17. Yes to all compliments in comments.. You are the reason I, and I'm sure many of us here got BTC. Because of your visionary words. The Internet of Money Vol 1 is excellent viewing.

  18. I think, Bitcoin is testing USD. Currently other national currencies are pegged to USD. Remember converting from national currency to BTC is alternative to converting to USD. This is not something new. The currencies that are suffering, would suffer even if BTC wasn't invented, due to weak economy of that country.

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