Bitcoin and the New World of Programmable Money


Kathleen Breitman

Tezos Blockchain

Michael Casey

MIT Media Lab

Vinny Lingham

Civic Technologies

Paul Vigna

The Wall Street Journal

In 2017, the latest rocket-ship trend hit bitcoin: the "coin offering," in which startups create their own currencies. With more than $1 billion raised, it has all the makings of a mania, but beneath the hype lies a powerful idea. Can "programmable money" be used to create new incentives within economic systems? Can one kind of code - software - replace another kind of code - law? We'll discuss the idea's pros and cons, with a focus on bitcoin's own bitter power struggle over this very idea.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
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Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Advanced