Blockchain’s Coming Impact on Community, Science, and Society: Cryptocurrency is only the beginning

PowerPoint/Slideshow/PDF and audio presented November 16, 2016 at The Transhumanist Party East Coast Conference (Arlington, VA)

Abstract:  Blockchain is now at the stage that the Internet was at in 2004 with the call to Web 2.0 (just before the release of FaceBook, YouTube and the iPhone).  Virtual money has already enabled smart contracts, innovative economics and new approaches to financing and governance.  Don’t let the assumption that deep technical skills are required to participate in and benefit from the advances made possible by decentralized, crowd-supported record-keeping of valuables and automated exchange.