Book written in 1999 predicts cryptocurrency

By uthus2000 | uthus2000 | 19 Sep 2019


Cryptonomicon is a 1999 novel by American author Neal Stephenson, set in two different time periods. One group of characters are World War II-era Allied codebreakers and tactical-deception operatives affiliated with the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park (UK), and disillusioned Axis military and intelligence figures. The second narrative is set in the late 1990s, with characters that are (in part) descendants of those of the earlier time period, who employ cryptologic, telecom, and computer technology to build an underground data haven in the fictional Sultanate of Kinakuta. Their goal is to facilitate anonymous Internet banking using electronic money and (later) digital gold currency, with a long-term objective to distribute Holocaust Education and Avoidance Pod (HEAP) media for instructing genocide-target populations on defensive warfare. - Wikipedia

 


My daughter had read this a year or so ago. She recently found it on a Free Book shelf in the local library and picked it up for me.

I had been intrigued by what she had told me previously about the book. She spoke only of the encryption aspect.

At this point I have only read about half of the tome, but I find that Stephenson is also describing cryptocurrency - not in those terms but he is definitely making that point.

Have you read Cryptonomicon? If so, what are your thoughts on it? 

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