I happened to be driving at around 8ish last night and the car radio was by default on Radio 4 so I caught a bit of the latest programme in the ‘FutureProofing‘ series. Ordinarily such things tend to annoy me, cos I am grumpy, but listening to the programme about block chain last night I confess I was rather impressed. Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson present an interesting account.
Blockchain is a difficult thing to explain and harder still to attempt to articulate how it might be used, beyond the libertarian goals of particular uses of crypto-currencies. The programme last night excelled in this regard covering lots of interesting angles. They end up having an interesting debate about politics and government.
There’s some interesting interviewees too:
Mike Hearn – software developer & bitcoin advocate
Nathaniel Popper –journalist, author of ‘digital gold’
Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof – CEO of bitnation
Steven Lukes – Prof. of Sociology at NYU
Vinay Gupta – of the Ethereum (blockchain) project