Digital Gold

Digital Gold

Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Book - 2015
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"A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper's brilliant and engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet. Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments. More than just a tech industry fad, Bitcoin has threatened to decentralize some of society's most basic institutions.An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold charts the rise of the Bitcoin technology through the eyes of the movement's colorful central characters, including a British anarchist, an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Bitcoin's elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Already, Bitcoin has led to untold riches for some, and prison terms for others.Digital Gold includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062362490
0062362496
Branch Call Number: 332.404 Pop
Characteristics: xv, 352 p.

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Jun 14, 2016

Really interesting read. Gives you the behind the scenes look at the players involved in creating bitcoin and nursing it from a white-paper document to a real-life digital currency. The stories on the silk road website were pretty interesting too. Even if bitcoin never gets going on a mass-scale, you can bet the blockchain technology behind it will given its success. Just a matter of time until that technology starts to get implemented into a lot of day-to-day life tasks.

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