A computer programmer's active interest in Bitcoin helps illustrate the social and political impact of the world's first global and open-source digital currency.
Published on 25 Sep 2013
An informal and informative dinner talk by Andreas Antonopolous on the evolution of bitcoin and blockchain
Andreas Antonopolous is a hacker and entrepreneur and the pre-eminent source of knowledge in bitcoin covering the social, technical and economic impact that bitcoin is having on the world.
Over the past decade, an alternative digital paradigm has slowly been taking shape at the edges of the internet. This new paradigm is the blockchain. After incubating through millions of Bitcoin transactions and a host of developer projects, it is now on the tips of tongues of CEOs and CTOs, startup entrepreneurs, and even governance activists. Though these stakeholders are beginning to understand the disruptive potential of blockchain technology and are experimenting with its most promising applications, few have asked a more fundamental question: What will a world driven by blockchains look like a decade from now?
Published 27 Jun 2015
Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a network, being a one-man team allowed for easier access to the subjects. The enthusiasm and commitment that saturate through the lens in many parts of the film, expose how the adopters of Bitcoin want to explore, to probe and, to show the world, something important, otherwise overlooked.
For years, futurists and developers sought to create a truly digital currency. Finally, in 2009, they succeeded, with Bitcoin. Their secret? The blockchain. Now, the very institutions Bitcoin sought to sidestep or overturn -- governments and big banks -- are coopting that technology.