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“Bitcoin desperately needs design”

The IDEO futures podcast interviews Andreas Antonopoulos, author of Mastering Bitcoin.

In the interview he is talking about design methapors and the problems surrounding Bitcoin and blockchain mass-adoption right now.

It’s interesting too see that a lot of the things happening in this space are inevitable. At the same time there is still so much too gain. From a design perspective there is huge potential in this domain.

Certainly worth your time to listen if you’re into bitcoins and design.

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I just paid 0.00662 Bitcoins for a cup of coffee. Are Bitcoins the future of money?

This week I paid my first coffee with Bitcoins at the Border Sessions festival using a BitMyMoney counter.

I’m not sure if Bitcoins are “the future of money”, I’m pretty sure they aren’t the only future and that there is a need for digital money with the freedom that we know from coins and paper money.

Bitcoin is a system that can perfectly co-exist with current systems out there. Although it can use some user experience enhancements. It is still quite difficult to understand and you pay with long strings you can’t understand, complex applications and QR-codes. Bitcoins could use a bit of Square Register to make it really work.