Bitcoin and cryptocurrency - fools gold or new paradigm?

Joe Rosato
Talk Description: 

Is bitcoin money?

Compare Bitcoin to other forms of money. Compare Bitcoin to VISA/MasterCard from a hardware/software viewpoint. Locate and understand what "control of value" is for different forms of currency.

Give overview of the technology behind bitcoin and how it combined three existing technologies to solve the The Byzantine Generals Problem. Review the basics of a blockchain. Comment on the current civil war within the bitcoin ecosystem. Question/answer time.

Bio: 
Have been a faithful participant at PLUG for many years. Dabble in theater when time permits. Currently raising an 8 year old girl that owns my heart.