In this talk “Blockchain vs. Bullshit – Thoughts on the Future of Money,” Andreas outlines the necessary criteria that will help you distinguish blockchains from bullshit, and why the goal of developing this technology should not be “banking the unbanked” but rather de-banking all of us.

This keynote talk took place at the Blockchain Africa Conference on March 2nd 2017 at the Focus Rooms in Johannesburg, South Africa: http://blockchainafrica.co/speaker/andreas-m-antonopoulos/

TOPICS:

  • The hype and empty promises around “blockchain” 2:30
  • Reconsidering info security, research in applied cryptography 4:45
  • Blockchains vs. databases 7:13
  • The essence of Bitcoin: revolutionizing trust 8:33
  • Open blockchains are the only ones that matter 10:24
  • Censorship resistance and other important characteristics 13:12
  • Criteria: blockchain or bullshit? 14:05
  • Fundamentally changing the allocation of trust 15:45
  • Permissioned “distributed ledgers” are boring & insecure 16:43
  • Hey Wall Street, Anonymous is coming for your keys 21:48
  • Promising opportunities, solving the unsolvable problems 23:06
  • The 3 elements to success in this industry 24:50
  • The necessary steps to mature out of infancy 27:44