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About the Author
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- Publication date : July 24, 2017
- File size : 2360 KB
- Print length : 216 pages
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B073CPP581
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- Best Sellers Rank: #229,385 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I look forward to reading the one star reviews of the true believers. Everything in this book is well sourced.
Aside from the great overview of the technologies, personalities and ideologies at play, this is a fantastic resource for the sheer number of references and links. Reading this is like a weirdly specific wikichaining binge.
The book is very readable and gives a detailed discussion of the potentials of the technology and how to approach working with it. I have heard and read a lot about the potential of blockchain over the past year; but I could never be convinced of how blockchain would either solve the problem or be superior to exiting alternatives. This book offers a well researched explanation; for most use cases it does not solve the major problems or is far more inefficient than alternatives.
Unlike most discussions of Bitcoin and blockchain, Mr. Gerard's discussion integrates the technological, economic, financial and human aspects of the problems tackled at hand. This especially stands out in his discussion of smart contracts and why "code is law" does not work.
If you've ever had a passing interest in crypto-currency and wondered what all the hype was about, or if you've watched the story unfold from Bitcoin to Ethereum from a distance and want a good timeline and some cutting commentary this book is worth it.
I recall the thrill, the first time a fairly sophisticated program I wrote worked. It was my very own dancing pony, created by me. The problem, I think, is that techies mistake that for a set of answers transferable across domains with too much ease.
Having practiced law, I was shocked the moment I started reading claims being made for smart contracts. The ignorance was startling, on a logical and philosophical level. The comprehension of how contracts actually work in a real world was lacking, and glaringly so. Somebody was very lazy intellectually or very fraudulent or both, and was out promoting these things with messianic fervor. The people who became a living beta test for it predictably got fleeced. So, there was an instant glint of recognition, when I previewed this book.
I really enjoy this author's voice and approach. He is the opposite of those faux visionaries who think they can glide by all the real-world issues, sweep aside the existing structures, and make some dubious dent in the world. It is fun to watch people who really haven't bothered to understand money, banking, and various technologies of embedded trust, in any depth, arrogantly lurch into the downsides of their delusions, dragging others with them. The less fun part is for the gullible folks charmed by these snake-oil salesmen. (Only the superficial aspects of this are new. It is perennial.) To not be one of those sheep, give this quick read a try. The tools of skepticism here are readily transferable to many other vistas of vaporware which are, alas, always with us.
The blockchain advocates (who are not simply looking for bigger fools to sell to) are guilty of "looking for the keys where the light is" -- looking for answers to fuzzy legal questions where their coding (and coding thrills) are. They are further from their cherished goals than they think. They ought to give this a close reading.
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And it's because they've started plastering adverts on billboards that you should read this.
Gerard’s book ends in December 2016. His afterword says he did not expect the Bitcoin etc to become one the big stories of 2018. This means a second edition bringing the story up to date would be welcome. If so, the book could be made a bit more readable as it’s underwritten (compressed irony/exasperation is a common section ending) with variable formatting and lotsa acronyms.
But for £4.99 on kindle (fiat money as no BTX on Amazon!), its a great read. Might even save you money!
That, and the fact that it's brilliant. We need more books like this!
Crypto "investment" opportunities are mainstream enough now that they get advertised on UK railway billboards alongside the latest Thomas Cook deals and chick-lit blockbuster novels, yet few people are aware of the lies, greed, delusion, and fraud that permeates this sector.
If you know anyone who is aiming to "get rich quick" from these new-fangled bitcoins, ethereums, or some random cryptocurrencies that a teenage hacker invented in his bedroom last night, get them to read this first. It offers many cautionary tales for would-be investors, and it's laugh-out-loud funny in places too.
My only criticism of this book is that it's a bit short, considering the price. Nearly a third of it consists of the glossary and index. Also, this is very much a primer for newbies - if you're already familiar with the crypto world, most of this info will not be new to you, and you would be better off reading the articles on the author's (excellent) website.
All in all though, a great book, a timely warning, and I salute Mr. Gerard for making this available to the world.