BitFury to Release Light Bulbs that Mine Bitcoin in 2015

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Following the revelation last week that BitFury had developed a prototype light bulb capable of mining bitcoin, the company has announced it plans to take steps to bring the devices to market in 2015. Though much about the market strategy remains in early stages, the news follows increasing reports that industry companies are attempting to find use cases for bitcoin in line with the broader trend toward connecting everyday devices to the Internet. BitFury said it intends to invite the community to become a part of its rollout plans, and that it would solicit ideas on how the light bulbs should be marketed to a wider audience as part of a collaborative release. In statements, CEO Valery Vavilov suggested that the goal of the project would be to galvanize interest in bitcoin as a technology, and that making any money on the initiative would be secondary to promoting discovery. Vavilov said: “We believe that the project’s focus should not be on making money from bitcoin mining, but on creating innovative solutions with main purpose to use this product for educational purposes and fun.” The light bulb garnered significant attention on Reddit last week when pictures of the devices first began appearing from attendees at …

Blockchain Technology to Transform Monetary System

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While bitcoin has had its share of ups and downs in the past years, the underlying blockchain technology has the potential to change the entire monetary system. Renowned futurist Peter Diamandis claimed that the financial system could see an extraordinary transformation in the next decade due mostly to bitcoin-like technology. “You might have heard of bitcoin, which is the decentralized (global), democratized, highly secure cryptocurrency based on the blockchain. But the real innovation is the blockchain itself, a protocol that allows for secure, direct (without a middleman), digital transfers of value and assets (think money, contracts, stocks, IP),” Diamandis mentioned. “Investors like Marc Andreesen have poured tens of millions into the development and believe this is as important of an opportunity as the creation of the Internet itself.” Blockchain Technology Protocol “At its core, bitcoin is a smart currency, designed by very forward-thinking engineers. It eliminates the need for banks, gets rid of credit card fees, currency exchange fees, money transfer fees, and reduces the need for lawyers in transitions… all good things,” Diamandis wrote in Forbes last year. “Most importantly, it is an ‘exponential currency’ that will change the way we think about money. Much the same way email …

Block Chain Summit Responds to Backlash Over Private Island Bash

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  Boasting an exotic location and the apparent blessing of billionaire Richard Branson, the Block Chain Summit has emerged as one of the most discussed events in the digital currency community in recent months. To be held from 25th to 28th May on Branson’s private Necker Island, little has been known about the conference apart from its available guest list, a factor that has led to speculation as to what the event would seek to achieve since it was first revealed by CoinDesk. In a new interview, however, Valery Vavilov, CEO of leading event sponsor BitFury and venture capitalist Bill Tai shed new light on the gathering, opening up about its planned schedule and responding to criticism that it is perpetuating negative industry stereotypes. Tai, who has previously invested in BitFury, sought to dismiss these criticisms, suggesting that the Block Chain Summit first and foremost will seek to attract attention to how decentralized ledger systems might positively impact the world. Positioning this as a contrast to past conferences, Tai told CoinDesk: “This is not a conference that’s about the pure technology and it’s not a gathering to try to disrupt governments and banks and mess with people’s currency systems. We …

Facelift: How Decentralized Social Networks Could Make Crypto Cool

Facelift: How Decentralized Social Networks Could Make Crypto Cool

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Social networking has become ubiquitous throughout much of the world but introduce decentralization, and the traditional network becomes something unrecognizable. The prosaic notion of an ‘egalitarian’ social network, where each user both controls and feels their power within it, on the surface fits well with the notion of decentralized technologies – the blockchain, decentralized ledger and cryptocurrency. Although the latter has only existed in the mainstream for six years or so, in 2015 decentralized networks are already making this notion a reality. Social networks used throughout the world – notably Facebook – tend to use advertising as their major source of revenue. Advertising manipulates users and gathers information about their lifestyles, and is in turn tied to fiat currency, which allows the network to continue operating. The manipulation element is key: users sign up to the network, which then uses their habits to generate revenue, while keeping them on the network through targeted advertising and by giving them a freely customizable interface which lets them feel ‘in control’. This mechanism of manipulation is one aspect of Facebook’s operation, in particular, which has generated criticism. Other aspects are notably the selling of user data to third party companies – a security …

The Naturalness of Bitcoin: Genetic Code Analogy

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A friend of mine asked me some time ago, “Why do you need to understand it [the blockchain] so badly?” He is a software developer, and I have a background in humanities; so it’s always been interesting to me to understand the ‘technician’s way of reasoning’. This time, I was bugging him with some blockchain-related aspects, such as the genesis block and the coinbase transaction (the first transaction in a new block). I was trying to understand where the input in the block’s original transaction was — I believed the principle should be ‘nothing comes from nowhere or goes nowhere’. My friend said that there was no universal meaning, and that the technology behind Bitcoin is the way it is just because its creator wanted it like this. Coinbase transaction is really a transaction with no input — just because it’s a part of design. The models That friend of mine thought I was some kind of a fanatic who believes in a greater purpose of something without even understanding it properly. The last part is true — I’m just learning — it’s also true that I don’t see the Bitcoin as a universal solution, or blockchain as a universal …

The Age of Cryptocurrency’ is Perfect Introduction to Bitcoin and the Blockchain

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‘The Age of Cryptocurrency’ is Perfect Introduction to Bitcoin and the Blockchain by ME on March 13, 2015 Commentary by Jacob Donnelly. At least twice a week, I get asked about Bitcoin. More people in my network realize I write about it, so they naturally want to know what it is, how it works and whether it’s a Ponzi scheme. I quickly realized that I had rehearsed the perfect answer to every question. At least, I thought it was the perfect answer to every question. Then I read The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey. The two are Wall Street Journal writers, and this is their attempt at explaining the history of digital currency, the inception of Bitcoin, its evolution and future. “Our hope was simply to tell a good story well, to write something that could stand for years as a definitive document. I think we’ve done that,” said Vigna in an email to Bitcoin Magazine.  This book should be required reading for anyone who has an interest in digital currency or the capabilities of the blockchain. The book opens with an implemented use case …