If you’re curious about crypto and blockchain technology, but don’t know where to start — look no further.
We’ve rounded up the 7 must-watch TED Talks (which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”) on all things Bitcoin, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency.
And since there’s no better time than the present to educate yourself, press play and prepare to be riveted by these moving talks.
1. Don Tapscott: How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business
If you’re a blockchain beginner, start your TED binge-fest here. In his uplifting talk, Don Tapscott expresses the transformative impact that blockchain technology will have on money, business, government, and society.
It’s also one of the more concise, and easy-to-understand explanations of the potential of blockchain technology.
2. Alex Tapscott: Blockchain is Eating Wall Street
Alex Tapscott is the co-author (alongside his father, Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World. In his talk, Alex shows how blockchain technology is changing money, business, and the world.
3. Bettina Warburg: How the Blockchain Will Radically Transform the Economy
Bettina Warburg is a blockchain researcher, entrepreneur, and educator. In her talk, Warburg explains why blockchain technology is a “continuation of a very human story” and explains the ways in which it could simplify the economy in many ways.
Warburg says that blockchain technology gives “us the technological capability of creating a record of human exchange, of exchange of currency, of all kinds of digital and physical assets, even of our own personal attributes, in a totally new way.”
Warburg’s TED Talk speaks to her natural gift for making abstract concepts feel familiar and concrete.
4. Galia Benartzi: The Value Revolution: How Blockchain Will Change Money & the World
Galia Benartzi’s talk ranks among the best TED Talks about blockchain and crypto. Following the popular theme of the changes that blockchain is expected to make in our world, Benartzi uses her entrepreneur and community builder background to bring her points home.
5. Tamas Kocsis: The Case for a Decentralized Internet
Tamas Kocsis believes building a better Web. His TED Talk explores his vision and plans to build a decentralized web powered by people, and discusses the need for privacy, freedom, and universal access to knowledge.
Kocsis advocates for the decentralized movement and creating something meaningful that would solve problems (check out ZeroNet, Kocsis’ peer-to-peer, people-powered version of the web).
6. Neha Narula: The Future of Money
What will society look like where the methods used to sell, buy and pay for goods and services are fundamentally altered, potentially eliminating the need for banks?
Digital currency researcher Neha Narula acknowledges that today’s large financial institutions are the gatekeepers of digital transactions. But a new paradigm is emerging, leveraging software to produce programmable cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
In this informative TED Talk, learn how cryptocurrencies are transforming money from functioning as a static unit of value controlled by institutions, into a global, secure, programmable means of exchange that will fuel innovation and unleash a new global capital marketplace.
Narula is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab.
7. Juan Llanos: Digital Currencies like Bitcoin Are Coming Very Fast (and it’s a good thing)
Born and raised in Argentina, Juan Llanos experienced first-hand the financial struggles of his country. Problems such as a 12,000% inflation rate in one year, along with the meltdown and distrust of the Argentine Peso.
Through these experiences and drawing comparisons to many other struggling countries, Juan presents a compelling and valid argument for crypto. He explains the problems it can solve on a global level, such as corruption, lack of financial providers, and hyperinflation.
Juan is a member of the Committee for Regulatory Affairs of the Bitcoin Foundation.
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