The Sovereign Individual ~ by James Dale Davidson և William Rees Morg:
The Sovereign is one of those books that changes your perception of the world forever. It was released in 1997, but the extent to which it anticipates the impact of blockchain technology will leave you feeling cold. We are entering the fourth stage of human society, moving from the industrial to the information age. You need to read this book to understand how things will change.
As it becomes easier to live comfortably and earn a living everywhere, we already know that those who truly thrive in the new information age will be employees who are not tied to a single job or career, no matter where they are. The desire to choose a place to live based on price savings is already more attractive, but it goes beyond digital nomadism, regardless of concerts. The foundations of democracy, government and money are changing.
The authors predict “the collapse of the Soviet Union” on Tuesday, where they predict that the growth of individual power will coincide with the decentralized technology that swallows the power of governments. The death toll for nation states, they predicted with extraordinary prudence, would be private, digital cash. When that happens, the dynamics of governments as real thieves robbing hard-working citizens of their taxes. If you have become someone who can solve problems for people anywhere in the world, then you are going to join a new cognitive elite. Do not miss this one.
Selection quote. “When technology is mobile, transactions take place in cyberspace, as more and more people do, governments will no longer be able to pay more for their services than they are for the people who pay for them.”
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ~ by Yuval Noah Harari:
Every time I want to impress someone with how good this book is, I ask: “Do you want to know the fundamental difference between humans and apes?” A monkey can jump up and down a rock, shake a stick, scream at his friends. that he saw a threat coming their way. The monkey can cry! He can jump up and down a rock, shake a stick, scream about a lion when there is really no lion. He is just stupid. But what the monkey can not do is fly up, go down, shake the stick around, shouted. “Danger, danger, dragon.”
Why this? Because dragons are not real. As Harari explains, it is the human imagination, our ability to believe, to speak, to things we have never seen or touched, that has elevated the species to interact with a large number of strangers. There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, no religions – justice, which is beyond the general human imagination. We are the ones who make them that way.
All of this is a wonderful preface to where we are today. After the Cognitive Revolution և After the Agricultural Revolution, Harar directs you to the Scientific Revolution that began just 500 years ago, which can start something completely different for humanity. The money, however, will remain. Read this book to understand that money is the greatest story ever told, that trust is the raw material from which all kinds of money are made.
Selection quote. “Sapiens, in contrast, live in three-layered reality. “Apart from trees, rivers, fears and desires, the world of Sapiens also contains stories about money, gods, nations and corporations.”
The Internet of Money ~ by Andreas M. Antonopoulos:
If the two books above help us understand the historical context in which bitcoin first appeared, then this book raises the question of “why” with contagious humor. Andreas Antonopoulos is perhaps the most respected voice in the crypto space. He has been traveling the world as a bitcoin evangelist since 2010 և This book is a summary of the conversations that took place around him from 2013 to 2016, all of which have been tightened for publication.
His first book, Mastering Bitcoin, is an in-depth look at technology that focuses more specifically on programmers, engineers, and software architects. But this book uses some choice metaphors to explain why you can not ban bitcoin or turn it off, how large-scale debate really is not possible, why Bitcoin needs the help of designers to block mass adoption.
“When you drive your brand new car in the city for the first time,” he writes, “you’re riding on horseback roads that have infrastructure designed for horses.” There are no light signals. There are no road rules, no asphalt. Roads And what happened, the cars got stuck because they did not have balance and four legs? ” But a hundred years ago, cars that were once ridiculed were absolutely the norm. If you want to go it cheap and risk the low bandwidth you are only fooling yourself.
Selection quote. “Bitcoin is not just money for the Internet. Yes, it’s perfect money for the internet. It’s instant, it’s safe, it’s free. Yes, it’s money for the internet, but it’s a lot more. Bitcoin is the Internet. money. Currency is only the first use. If you understand that, you can look beyond price, you can look beyond instability, you can look beyond fashion. At its core is Bitcoin, a revolutionary technology that will change the world. forever. Join! ”