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    Bitcoin,  Distributed Leisure

    Using bagels and pizza to explain blockchain and bitcoin

    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…

  • Bitcoin,  Distributed Leisure

    When it comes to crypto, WSJ reporter, Goldman Sachs banker, and IBM consultant are on same page

    The “Distributed Leisure” column is intended to be a record of some blockchain and cryptocurrency related events, mostly in the New York City area. In addition it will try to explain the various technologies used, occasionally interview people at the forefront of those technologies, and profile some companies in the vanguard of the evolving ecosystem.The perspective will be that of an observer with a background in both financial services and technology, a basic familiarity with the terms “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency” but no in-depth knowledge of or experience with either.   It’s no surprise that an academic institution of public policy is trying to understand something of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.…