In 2008 Satoshi Nakamoto introduced Bitcoin within a self-published paper (Nakamoto, 2008) describing the blockchain ledger and inventing the first crypto-currency. This inaugural cryptographically and hence deflationary secure currency was not only a statement to the financial crisis (Bitcoin’s “Genesis Block” references a newspaper “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”) but also stimulated a multitude of other experiments exploring decentralisation (“cutting out the middle man”, as also described in Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper). These strategies (often reduced to the “blockchain”) come with various layers and address different sectors - most significantly traditional financial sectors and systems, which Bitcoin itself allegedly was aiming to criticise. The initial ideas initiating cryptocurrencies, are not entirely new, and are rooted in cultures such as the “cypherpunks” and crypto-anarchic contexts, as well as in much older ideas of “Pirate Utopias”.
The Post Blockchain Lab reflects upon these developments and possible future utopias or dystopias initiated by the blockchain.
One of the most exciting developments on the blockchain will be introduced by the Ethereum Meetup, on Monday 23/05/2016, 18:00 - 20:00. There you can find out more about DAO. DAO is a Decentralised Autonomous Organization. It is owned by its DAO token holders with the initial distribution being determined by the still ongoing sale. It has no central management and is solely controlled by voting of its token holders.
But there is also the Ethereum for Beginners Workshop, on Tuesday, 24/05/2016, 17:00 - 20:00. In this workshop we will focus on the basics of contract development using Solidity, the official language for ethereum contracts, and contract deployment to a blockchain.
And last but everything but least: One of the main events will be the inaugural Dogecoin Meetup Vienna, on Wednesday 25/05/2016, at 18:00, with a presentation on the Twitter Tipbot and cake!
This will be followed by a meet and greet of the blockchain giants, including a presentation of Charles Finney on: China ANX Bank Hong Kong and the bank to the future.changing remittance and social projects; Thailand Austrian support of anti military regime graffiti artists and Vietnam Bit film festival Saigon exhibiting documentaries and feature films around bitcoin and blockchain workshops. Also, Michael Schreiber will speak about Trillions of Dollars dwarf billions in crypto-consensus currencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum but consortia and governments add scale, iot, ai.