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    Bitcoin,  Distributed Leisure

    Using bagels and pizza to explain blockchain and bitcoin

    A professor declares his group New York’s official blockchain meet-up, but does it bite?

    On a cold evening last week, we searched for a seminar in a building in the shadow of the Empire State Building to learn a little about blockchain. The speaker was Jamiel Sheikh, an adjunct professor at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) and NYU, and the organizer of the BlockchainNYC Meetup group which he describes as the “official” Blockchain meetup in New York City. In other words, he unilaterally declared his group the centralized organization of a technology built on decentralization. The only problem is that the rest of the world hasn’t been informed of this yet or else refuses to comply. Sheikh led off the seminar with…