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A forthcoming short book (30,000 words or so) on Bitcoin, blockchains and smart contracts, what these ideas are and why they don't work out at all well in practice.
What the pseudonymous “Satoshi Nakamoto” describes in the Bitcoin white paper is simple, clever, technically interesting and genuinely innovative. What emerged from it is amazing, hilarious and horrifying: a jawdropping maelstrom of get-rich-quick dreams, right-wing anarchists, libertarian pseudoeconomics, magical thinking, blatant con-men and the madness of crowds.
Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
Current status: raw first draft finished! Mostly! I rant about the book occasionally, with some early excerpts, on my Tumblr: reverse order or chronological order.
- The conspiracist gold bug economics of Bitcoin
- Buterin's quantum quest
- Ethereum smart contracts in practice
- The DAO
- Business bafflegab, but on the Blockchain
- Imogen Heap: “Tiny Human”. Total sales: $133.20
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