The ideas behind Ethereum in the words of its founder, describing a radical vision for more than a digital currency – reinventing organizations, economics, and democracy itself in the age of the internet.
After Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin dropped out of college and launched Bitcoin Magazine, he wrote the Ethereum white paper, which proposed an open-source system that would take what Bitcoin did for money and do it for everything else: contracts, social networks, and sharing economies. Now, less than a decade later, his idea is valued at about half a trillion dollars, and it is the foundation for the weird new world of NFT artworks, virtual real estate, and decentralized autonomous organizations.
Understanding and engaging with Buterin’s ideas will be of growing importance as the consequences of his invention continue to unfold and inspire debate worldwide. These writings, collected from his essays before and during the rise of Ethereum, reveal Buterin to be a vivid and imaginative writer, and this edition includes context from media studies scholar Nathan Schneider. While many around him were focused on seeing the value of their tokens rise, Buterin was working through the problems and possibilities of crafting an Internet-native world.
This book is just a collection of essays from Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, written from 2014 to 2022. The co-author indicates that some of the essays were slightly modified in order to fit the flow of a book format, but most of them are largely unchanged.
- Part 1 – “Premining” Contains six essays from January 2014 – April 2015
- Part 2 – “Proof of Work” Contains eight essays from July 2016 – December 2019
- Part 3 – “Proof of Stake” -Contains nine essays from January 2020 – January 2022
These essays cover many topics related to blockchain technologies and Ethereum specifically, and they give the reader some insight into Buterin’s thought process; as he first developed Ethereum and later envisioned changes to the technology.
Buterin’s ideas were revolutionary, and he is actually a very good writer; so he is able to communicate these concepts well. I enjoyed reading this book, even though I had read some of this content before.
Even knowing the broad dimensions of Vitalik Buterin’s story, I could hardly put the audiobook down. Highly recommended!
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