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Andreas M. Antonopoulos on What Happens When Bitcoin Takes Over





In this episode, I talk with the man the legend Mr Andreas M. Antonopoulos. We talk about his influences, how the aggregate decisions of humans lead to adverse outcomes, Bitcoin use cases and ah-ha moments and what maximalists miss with Ethereum.

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“We’re talking about a change in how humanity organises itself.”
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Interview location: Skype
Interview date: Thursday 28th Feb, 2019
Company: Independent
Role: Bitcoin & Open Blockchain Expert, Speaker, Author

Bitcoin, the decentralised, trustless, censorship-resistant money.
Bitcoin, digital gold and the hardest form of money the world has.
Bitcoin, a financial infrastructure built for the digital age.

Whatever Bitcoin is to you, it is young, it is maturing, and it is growing in its use cases. Individuals and companies around the world are increasingly adopting Bitcoin; governments are regulating; institutions are investing and developers are building.

Bitcoin is still on the edges; it is niche; it is for the geeks and the speculators, the early adopters and entrepreneurs. But as Bitcoin continues to grow its impact upon humanity will be profound. It is a fundamental shift in what money and value are and how it is held and moved.

In this interview, I talk with Andreas M. Antonopoulos about what happens when Bitcoin takes over. We also discuss Bitcoin use cases and the ah-ha moments which can shift your perception of what Bitcoin is and what it means.

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00:03:54: Introductions
00:05:08: Andreas’ background and passion for reading
00:11:07: Bitcoin’s unsolvable problems
00:12:36: Exploring our flawed current system and the architecture behind it
00:18:54: Where does Bitcoin fit within 21st Century institutions
00:20:20: What is Bitcoin?
00:31:35: The implications of increased Bitcoin adoption on the modern day world
00:35:41: A potential new information society and how this might change humanity
00:41:37: Do we need mass adoption in the Western world to drive Bitcoin forward?
00:47:28: Andreas’ experiences with Bitcoin around the world
00:52:14: Having ‘Aha’ moments with Bitcoin
00:54:47: Discussing Ethereum
00:57:57: Bitcoin maximalism and Andreas’ critiques of this thining
01:02:20: Exploring if you could improve Ethereum by linking it more closely to Bitcoin
01:07:00: Further exploring maximalism in Crypto
01:14:10: Have Bitcoin and Ethereum had a positive impact on the world?
01:21:10: Final comments

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