The Internet of Money: A collection of talks by Andreas M. Antonopoulos 1st Edition
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--Marc Andreessen, co-founder Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
"With Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos wrote one of the best technical books on digital currency. With The Internet of Money, he's matched that feat by compiling his talks into one of the best books on Bitcoin for a broad audience. Highly recommended!"
--Balaji Srinivasan, CEO 21.co
"Over the past three years, awareness of the sweeping, transformative potential of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology has grown exponentially. That required people to grasp not only how this unorthodox technology worked but also its profound promise for society. No one has done more than Andreas Antonopoulos to get them over that hurdle. Read him. It will make you wiser."
--Michael J. Casey, co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order
About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 30, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1537000454
- ISBN-13 : 978-1537000459
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the more pragmatic applications of cryptocurrency for the millions of unbanked around the world, Andreas also waxes philosophic on deeper topics such as the history of money, the role cryptocurrency can play for individual sovereignty and privacy, and the implications of currency as language, where currency transfer is, at root, an expression of value akin to speech.
When I read these edited and updated transcripts, I hear them in his voice, which only makes me want to watch the linked videos all over again. This compilation is a great resource to be read, re-read, gifted, and shared with family and friends. It provides a uniquely accessible take on a mind-bendingly abstract system, and is perfect for those with a casual or budding interest in the field of cryptocurrency.
It has a very prophetic / religious tone that I don't think would even apply to the Internet which changed a lot but is far from changing anything too fundamental about mankind, some would even argue in many aspecs mankind could have been better off without it as it is now.
Also, the same points are repeated over and over and over again... just like religions do with their points...
But even more than a ground-breaking author, Andreas is truly a Bitcoin ambassador of the highest-order. He is a brilliant educator, always communicating with clear vision and passion, traveling across the globe these past three years, inspiring and enlightening growing numbers of people who are eager to learn about the revolutionary innovation of cryptocurrencies. Andreas’s profound technical expertise is complemented by his uncanny gift for making complex topics readily accessible to lay audiences. He is utterly convincing in his arguments for why Bitcoin REALLY matters—how this radically new “technology of money” in the age of the Internet will, slowly but surely, turn our old paradigms inside out. His recently released second book, The Internet of Money , an edited compilation of some of his best presentations, is an absolute must read for anyone and everyone who wants a sneak-peak at the future of finance and banking. Read this book (and watch the source videos) to gain deep insights into HOW and WHY Bitcoin will change the world for the better in the coming decades!
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My problem with this at times repetitive collection of transcripts from freely-available YouTube lectures is that it ignores the inherent issues of blockchain and thus doesn't disseminate them to the general public in the way it does with its benefits. Problems like ever-increasing transaction fees, canonical cryptocurrency fragmentation, inaccessible wallet technology, blockchain size scalability and wild, unpredictable price fluctuations aren't addressed and neither are crucial issues like centralisation of hashpower or the fundamentally unsustainable concept of proof-of-work mining.
A more balanced account, and changing most mentions of "bitcoin" to "blockchain"' as well as mentioning rival technologies such as Tangle would have made this a far greater piece.
The books central message is that the technology behind bitcoin has "the ability to bring to the world a level of financial integration that the world has never seen before." with implications that go far beyond just transforming finance.
I already had a good understanding of blockchain before I read this book, but I still came away with some key insights.
It makes the case that Bitcoin isn't just digital money but a complete "transformation of the technology of money", comparing the technology of bitcoin to the infrastructure behind the internet because Bitcoin is the first money to be protocol and network-based. Think of the Blockchain industry now being like the state of the internet in the early 90's.
Bitcoin is harder to understand then it needs to be, but this will improve with time. The community around bitcoin is evolving and can develop better UX design as time goes on. Society learned how to use the internet when it was new and hard to understand and its doing the same with bitcoin.
Another useful chapter is on "infrastructure inversion"; when cars were first invented, they had to use dirt roads designed for horses. Once the roads were paved, new inventions like motorbikes, skateboards, scooters and bicycles were invented to use on them, but the old horses could use the new roads too. No one could have predicted these new inventions before the roads were paved but once the disruptive technology of the car came, and the infrastructure was built, all the new inventions were created to use on the roads.
The "internet of money" will be like the new network of roads for finance. Think of the internet; it allowed the world to connect and interact in new ways that weren't possible before. Bitcoin will do the same.
The author is passionate about this technology, going far beyond an interest in it as just digital currency. I find it useful and inspiring so have given it 5 stars.
This book is split up brilliantly into talks delivered by Andreas Antonopoulos and each section is delivered in a way for the average reader to make sense of some very complex discussions.
If you're new to bitcoin my advise is don't go and buy bitcoin, first buy books on the space and educate yourself so that when we have our cyclical bubbles you don't take a loss and sell because you're aware just how great the technology you've invested in is.