Money is just the first use case of cryptocurrency.

NFTs won’t warm the planet — they’ll kickstart decentralized energy

17 Apr 2021 3 minute read 0 comments john3

There are lots of provocative headlines out there about NFT’s energy consumption, like this one from the New York Times on April 13: NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too. While it’s true that the technology behind N...

Eight years as a Bitcoin hodler

18 Mar 2021 6 minute read 0 comments john3

An hour after I first heard of Bitcoin, I knew it would change the world. That was eight years ago. Back in 2013 I first read the word ‘Bitcoin’ in a news article about a bank bail-in in Cyprus. The government was in debt and their solution was raid...

Has Bitcoin lost its way?

29 Sep 2020 2 minute read 0 comments john3

As Bitcoin has entered the mainstream it’s lost a lot of what made it special. In the beginning, it rose as a counterweight to the political and economic status quo. It combined game theory and emerging technology in novel ways that created somethin...

Monero and Decred are the new Bitcoin

26 Sep 2020 3 minute read 5 comments john3

  When I first became aware of Bitcoin, it was a revolution. It seemed immediately clear that it would cause major disruption to the status quo or be suffocated in its infancy. This was in early 2013, so it was already going for four years, but the...