What the heck is a Bitcoin

a bit coin

a virtual bit-coin

It seems in the darkest depths of the internet some people are off using a new form of geek money.  In my little white collar world of UX Design and Microsoft Technologies I guess its not a surprise that I missed this until recently.  When interviewing a friend of mine (Bryce Lynch, a member of http://www.zerostate.net )  from DC that is not drinking as much kool-aide as I do, he was willing to set me straight.  The audio of the recording wasn’t exactly clean enough to make a podcast but I thought I would elucidate you all on this cool internet hacker subculture monetary system that is slowly gaining ground and increasingly so should be taken seriously.

So the real question is ‘What the heck is a bit coin?”

Its a decentralized virtual currency that is ‘created’ and controlled via a distributed network system that can’t really be regulated but is reasonably secure.  It was fascinating to me that this not only exists but there are business’s accepting it as currency.  It can additionally be ‘mined’ by providing CPU power to the bitcoin network.  Next time you want to start a virtual business consider bitcoin especially if your target demographic is pretty geeky.  Or not but this way you won’t get taxed by the government and it seem that there is even an exchange rate with more familiar currencies like US dollars.

to learn more check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

A Google Map of vendors that accept Bitcoins: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Real_world_shops

Check out Bryce at: http://drwho.virtadpt.net/

Ideas Need to Evolve for Mainstream Popularity

Transhumanists make me #TiredAllOver at least in that in academia they seem to fight all the time with each other and are all going in different directions… so I wrote an article on how they can get things moving in the same direction and http://www.Transhumanity.net  published it. We will see if they listen.  Here is a link and the first paragraph or so:

Why do you (transhumanists in general) care if mainstream thinking in modern civilization cares about ‘Transhumanism’?

If you talk to random people on the street about transhumanism, you will get eye-squinting and other strange responses.  For the most part, the response will be negative. Transhumanism is not anywhere close to anything the average person cares about.

However, if you could back a few decades and ask someone about being ‘Green’ you would get a similar response to what you get now regarding ‘Transhumanism.’

Read the rest here: