What happens when banks and governments are “not getting it” regarding a new technology? Are we winning the crypto wars? Bad laws arise from a lack of understanding and slow down technological innovation. The War on Cash. Designing phones which can be jailbroken; getting around Secure Boot and locked down software & hardware. Using digital signatures to control distribution of software and media; control of our devices. Open-source security. The moment you stop fighting for your liberties and rights, you start losing them.

Watch the rest of the presentation! https://youtu.be/P6F1vTG_hA0

This is part of a keynote talk which took place on October 19th 2016 during the Bitcoin Wednesday Meetup at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands: https://www.meetup.com/BitcoinWednesday/events/234498117/

Event Info: http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/event/special-edition-19-october-2016/

Presentation Info: http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/antonopoulos-bitcoin-incubator-black-swans/

The Currency Wars and Bitcoin’s Neutrality – https://youtu.be/Bu5Mtvy97-4
Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptogaphy – https://youtu.be/dkXKpMku5QY

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin.

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Website: https://antonopoulos.com/

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.

THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Money-collection-Andreas-Antonopoulos/dp/1537000454/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

MASTERING BITCOIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bitcoin-Unlocking-Digital-Cryptocurrencies/dp/1449374042

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  1. That dude have met way too little resistance. He's like a lonely child used to always getting his will and way to get heard. He should take a course in listening – and that's to other people than himself. OMG! If he's not a troll he's just plain stupid and annoying, lol!

  2. The bearded guy don't understand how reality works.
    Every game-console ever created have had "secure boot" which is intended to prevent it from running unauthorized code, and still I don't know any game console that have succeeded in preventing just that.

  3. Sir, if i keep my bitcoin in a wallet and hard fork happens.. how will the split of bitcoin into two coins give me two versions of bitcoin in same amounts.. will my wallet have automatically two addresses?? what about those who keep a cold paper wallet

  4. To Andrea's Point, I once had a MiniDisk which was a fantastic device that I used in place of a walkman to record audio (before the predominance of MP3 players/recorders). When I lost my first device I purchased a second one because of DRM (antipiracy) restrictions they had killed 50% of the functionality of the device, because they attempted to restrict the upload/download of sound tracks between the device and a computer. I ended up just giving it away and shortly after that MP3 devices came around where you could do practically all of that with no restrictions at all…

  5. AA got a little feisty with this commentator even though he was bringing up sound arguments. At times it seemed a bit trying for the guy asking the questions.

  6. To the guy who stood up there saying he would play devils advocate, ask your question and move on. Why do you keep trying to talk over Andreas? If you want to debate then say your piece, then "listen" to the response from your adversary, then respond. Constantly talking over the person you are trying to debate with makes you look like you're trying to strong arm your opinion on people…

  7. For every instance of secure boot that I've ever seen on Intel laptops, you can turn off the feature in BIOS. I certainly wouldn't ever buy a PC where that wasn't the case.

  8. The major problem with crypto currency is that is not scalable. It works fine for large transactions that are not time sensitive but for minor it is unusable in a pragmatic sense. The HUGE block chain that infests its architecture that must be verified constantly is its grace and its curse. To be able to process transactions on the scale of say credit cards, a 2.0 currency needs to be made, only then will it be a world wide accessible currency. So currently, this so called currency behaves more like a bond or a derivative at the moment, and we all know how those are doing. The speakers arrogance is matched only by his ignorance. And as for security , that is a red herring, to criticize Microsoft for having a gaping hole in security while Linux or Apple are built like screen doors with a million little holes is in-genuine.
    My projection for Bitcoins future is that it will collapse under its own weight by the year 2024-25. By then 20 M of the 21 M will have been mined, and it will take 100 years to mine the last 1 M. This will weed out all if not most miners and they will move on to greener pastures. No currency lasts forever…NONE.

  9. The discussion about signed programs is interesting. perhaps an alternate twist would be ammeniable to both sides if there were an organization like letsencrypt.org where there is free, automated, optional access to a signing option. maybe even only running programs which have been signed by trusted pgp keys.

    The bigger picture is that there will always be bugs in code unless such code has meaningful bounties for breaking it like Bitcoin has.

    Great discussion. I appreciate the passion and experience both of you have to bring to the Bitcoin discussion.

    Andreas, I recommend again to read the book, The Creature from Jeckyl Island by Griffin . Or perhaps I should get into the speaking circuit to promote Bitcoin from the perspective that the banks are like the emperor who has no clothes.


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