The Death of Cryptocurreny Has Been Greatly Exaggerated – BookTrib

According to a recent technology column in the New York Times, “The crypto boom has generated vast new fortunes at a clip we’ve never seen before — the closest comparison is probably the discovery of oil in the Middle East — and has turned its biggest winners into some of the richest people in the world, essentially overnight.”
Some crypto-pundits compare the cryptocurrency phenomenon to the Internet — a specialized technology that became universal. Cryptocurrency hasn’t yet become part of most daily lives, but according to that same New York Times column, “20 percent of American adults, and 36 percent of millennials, own cryptocurrency.”
Blockchain Ethics: Fighting Honorable Battles by Jamil Hasan continues his Blockchain Ethics consumer guide series. This latest entry was written in response to what he saw as media dis/misinformation about the real benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. For every proponent of crypto, you can find a naysayer about its future.
This book may challenge readers with little foreknowledge of cryptocurrency and other financial systems; for that, you might want to read Hasan’s Blockchain Ethics: A Bridge to Abundance first. However, even newbies will come away with a better understanding after reading Blockchain Ethics: Fighting Honorable Battles. Hasan is a good communicator, and while some concepts he explores may be complex, his writing style is not.
Cryptocurrency became a thing with the launch of bitcoin in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Today, there are thousands of different digital asset currencies, but they all employ a blockchain, a transparent permanent record of buy and sell transactions.
Hasan experienced the 2008 financial crisis as an AIG digital analyst, with a role in helping to repay the company’s $180 billion bailout. He contrasts bitcoin with the “mortgage casseroles” that left investors and insurance companies in the dark about who owned what, and at what risk, when the mortgage companies failed. Blockchain-based transactions would have documented the money trail, he writes, “which would have led all the way to the doors of the speculators who created the bubble, and ended up benefitting from it.”
Hasan bases his new book on numerous interviews from his Crypto Corner podcast at Irish Tech News “with the best and brightest leaders, ethicists and amazingly optimistic people on the planet, talking with me about the future of cryptocurrencies,” and its role in the infrastructure of tomorrow’s finance, investment, culture, governance and community systems.
The interviews are excerpted with links to the full conversations so that you can go as deep as you wish into the subject matter. To name only a few, his guests include:
Cryptocurrencies and their blockchain technology could improve systems in many ways, says Hasan:
“Every industry is being disrupted on a global scale,” says Hasan, and he believes the blockchain space will continue to evolve and flourish in response. Based on Hasan’s assessment, the message is clear: like Mark Twain’s premature obituary, reports of bitcoin’s demise have been exaggerated.
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Jamil Hasan is a Generation X Author and experienced data intelligence technology builder with two decades of experience leading data-based teams at Fortune 100 companies, including AIG, Prudential Financial, and Ingersoll Rand. Jamil believes that skill and experience, not just age, is the most important factor required to build and lead corporate organizations. His unique story, as someone on the ground floor of the 2008 financial crisis and his role to help repay the $180 billion AIG bailout, enabled him to come face-to-face with many of the societal ills facing Generation X today and their causes. As the result of his experience, Jamil has developed a path forward for his fellow Gen Xers to restore his generation’s financial standing in society today and to rebuild the American Dream for Generation X.

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