Hidden in Plain Sight: a Truly New Economy, Web 3.0 and Virtual Currencies

With the economic crisis officially declared in 2008, and far from solved despite some conflicting news suggesting otherwise, there has been set in motion a more fundamental process of change with a potential to affect overall economics and world trade as fundamentally as the invention of the Letter of Exchange in medieval Venice or the concept of limited liability in 17th century maritime commerce. The emerging commercial vehicle is an array of virtual currencies. While actually experimented with since the late 1980s in the San Francisco Bay and other local areas, the latest generation of virtual currencies evolving are of...

Why Bitcoin, Other Crypto Coins Have Value

“Where is the value of Bitcoin coming from, actually…?” Pretty simple: Bitcoin has evolved into something that a lot of people want — like, or even more so than, a dollar or a yen — and Bitcoin is in limited supply due to the complex proof-of-work requirements underlying Bitcoin. This means, that even tough the system continues to crank out “coins”, this will stop when it reaches 21 million. The underlying idea of Bitcoin was to create a currency whose value, unlike that of the dollar, could not be watered down by some central authority like the Federal Reserve. When...