How Bitcoin Empowers the Idea of Money – And Makes it Honest | Toni Lane Casserly


Bitcoin is the Internet money. And I say that Bitcoin is the Internet of
money not because Bitcoin in and of itself is the Internet but because Bitcoin empowers
for the idea of money what the Internet was able to do with information. And in doing that it gives any person in the
world the ability to quantify, create, store and share the idea of value in a way that
we as a human race have never really been able to do before. And Bitcoin is to Blockchain as email is to
the Internet. It is the first major use case of a technology
that is so fundamentally going to change the way that we think about our everyday life
that it will transform every interaction we have from inception on. Blockchain is called a blockchain because
it’s literally just that. It is a series of blocks created by computer
solving complex math problems that are chained together. And the way that Bitcoin is created is any
time one of these blocks, like imagine you just have a bunch of sheets of paper and anytime
one of the sheets of paper gets full a bunch of supercomputers from all around the world
are all trying to solve these insanely complex math problems that get exponentially more
difficult over time. And to give you perspective, it’s literally
easier to find one grain of sand in the entire universe than it is for one of these computers
to solve a math problem created by the Bitcoin blockchain. And because these are so complex and because
anytime one of these little computers tries to solve one of these problems they only have
a 50/50 chance of getting it right no matter how many times they try and solve it. And so Bitcoin right now is actually the world’s
largest super computer. It has 500 times the computing power of Google
just to create bitcoins. Now anytime one of these computers solves
a math problem they get Bitcoin, they create the blocks, cement it and these blocks are
all chained together in one long ring. And that has a genesis block and is essentially
infinite from the moment the first block on the blockchain was created. And every transaction that happens on the
blockchain is stored on the blockchain cannot to be erased, cannot be deleted because the
core properties of this technology are fundamentally that a blockchain is borderless, it is decentralized,
it is voluntary and it is immutable. Bitcoin is and always has been a research
project and that’s what’s so amazing. I mean it was created by this group of underground
libertarians and activists and anarchists whose rules in life where to beat death and
taxes. And Bitcoin is something that is actually
been in these forums for the last 40 years. And it’s really interesting because you have
these people who essentially see the flaws in every system that exists in the world today. And I would actually say that Bitcoin is very
similar to Burning Man in the way that it’s created and the way that it’s going to grow
and the way that it’s going to evolve. Because what is Burning Man, the festival,
the experience, the culture, the civilization, what is that other than the world’s most evolved
form of anarchy? Burning Man in the ’70s were literally a bunch
of awesome cool anarchists going into the desert and shooting guns, which isn’t necessarily
safe but shooting guns into the middle of the sky and literally burning down the man. And you see what happens when you allow people
to fulfill their ultimate creative potential. People become autonomous, self-reliant and
they self-organize. And that’s actually how I would say the evolution
of Bitcoin, to contextualize it in something that’s extremely modern and extremely well
known, Bitcoin and the idea of value and money I believe will follow a very similar path
because what it actually does and enables as well is for the creative economy to flourish. Because all of these jobs that are going to
be replaced by AI, where are people going to get money from? And I fundamentally believe that they will
create it literally. Anytime you have this kind of a revolutionary
idea in culture form there are always going to be people who have to adapt and who have
to change and the people who have the greatest adaptation to wrap their minds around are
fundamentally institutions who have built a business model off of third party trust. Because what the blockchain actually does
it take that idea of trust, it’s a trustless system. And when I say that some people are like so
like trust the system less than normal systems? No, it means the idea of thrust in and of
itself is a concept that we have based off of institutional integrity. And if you are an institution with integrity
generally I would say you don’t have anything to worry about. But people who have been abusing systems that
have been in place for century those people are going to be, and everyone knows that they
need to change and that they need to be held accountable. But because there are so many issues that
are just systemically entrenched you have to create something new I think to really,
really shift that paradigm. And I wouldn’t say that a lot of these institutions
who are built on third party trust it’s like they’re not going to completely disappear. It’s just like when we had the Internet the
idea of publishing didn’t go away it just fundamentally evolved in a way that empowered
the individual to create their own content and empowered groups of people to self-organize
and to create their own worlds and their own publishing models from this invention that
fundamentally not only democratized and distributed but decentralized the way that we were able
to create and to share and to consume information. And so in addition to that the way that people
will actually be able to create this form of value is incredible. It’s something I think a lot of people even
today have a hard time imagining because it’s like telling people in the Renaissance hey,
so you know all of that information owned my God, one day you will not only be able
to have access to it, you will not only be able to share it openly and freely, but you
will be able to create that yourself. And that is what is about to happen with the
idea of money and the idea of value. And to give you a really concrete example
of something that’s an emergent technology that might just be an economic experiment,
a lot of these things in the market right now are just economic experiments, but there’s
a platform called Steemit, steam with two e’s. And it fundamentally is a monetized Reddit
and it allows any person who creates content to be directly compensated by a group of their
peers for the content they create. So imagine if every up vote on Reddit was
monetized. I mean I did one post on this and made $3000
that I could exchange immediately in 50 minutes. And that’s incredible. I still don’t think most people understand
what is about to emerge in this modern technology landscape. And it’s fundamentally the ability for any
person to create a platform. And if that platform has value, whether that
value is in the content, whether that value is in the community, to aggregate new systems
of creating sharing and storing value and to quantify those using a digital currency.

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