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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:14 AM

A Revolution in Money

A Revolution in Money

And even if you believe Bitcoin is no more than a fad — and that may well be, given its volatility, security issues and potential regulatory challenges — it has raised the prospect of new virtual currencies and, at the least, cheaper and more efficient transaction mechanisms.

“Money is a very interesting philosophical idea in that we have all of humanity agreeing on this system,” said Ray Kurzweil, a futurist, inventor and author. “So even though we may radically disagree on some things — like let’s say the U.S. government and Al Qaeda — they both respect money. So it’s remarkable how we have this universal respect for this very esoteric virtual construct.”

Several prominent dreamers, including Marc Andreessen, who led the team that invented the first commercial web browser, say they believe that new virtual currencies will come to dominate the way we pay for things in the future. “Bitcoin offers a sweeping vista of opportunity to reimagine how the financial system can and should work in the Internet era, and a catalyst to reshape that system,” he wrote recently.

Mr. Kurzweil, however, is not so sure how easy it will be for new currencies to emerge. “We’ve built up respect for currencies associated with nations,” he said. “People respect dollars, mostly, I think, because of the track record, relative stability.”

Other futurists suggest that there will be dozens of ways


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toby jo Apr 2014 #1

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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:44 PM

1. I've wondered the same thing.


But, instead of a material currency shift, I think a philosophical shift in how we relate will come first.

Basically looking at a world where 'money' cannot be horded. We're pretty far from a system like that, although it could work in limited circumstances, like the confines of a commune, or any tight-knit community of like minded people. From there you work up the organizational chart: a group of units - a 'state', to a group of those - a 'country', etc.

It's a tough call, puts us up against the reality of our greedy human nature, folks don't like dealing with that.

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