The Internet of Money: A summary of and thoughts on chapter one...

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I’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently.

You can by the book here, it’s based on his lectures from a few years ago now!

It’s designed as a book for families to be able to understand Bitcoin, and crypto more generally, based on the ‘why’ of Bitcoin.

Below I’ve selected a few quotes from chapter one and consider how far some of the ‘potentials’ for Bitcoin raised by Antonopoulos have been realised…


What is Bitcoin?

It is Disruptive technology.

Major quote: saying Bitcoin is money is like saying the internet is a fancy telephone’.
Bitcoin is a technology, it is a currency, and it is an international network of payments and exchange that is completely decentralized. It doesn’t rely on banks. It doesn’t rely on governments.
You can send it from any point in the world to any other point in the world instantaneously, securely, and for minimal or no fees at all.

Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakomto, no one knows who this person, or people is/are.
He invented a decentralized network that could achieve consensus, agreement, without any central controlling authority, overcoming the Byzantine general’s problem).

Bitcoin is not a company. It is not an organization. It is a standard or a protocol just like TCP/IP, or the internet. It’s not owned by anyone. It operates by simple mathematical rules that everyone who participates in the network agrees on.

Every ten minutes, the entire network agrees on what transactions have happened, without any centralized authority, by a simple election that occurs electronically.

Ignore the Bitcoin price! Currency is just the first application! (I think we all know what happened there!)

The invention of bitcoin, the technology that makes it possible, cannot be uninvented. It creates the possibilities for decentralized organization on a scale never before seen on this planet.
Other applications include distributed fair voting, stock ownership, asset registration, notarization, and many other applications we’ve never thought of before.


I think the above is a useful reminder of the difference between BITCOIN (and other cryptos) and FIAT, in short Bitcoin is….

  • An international network of payments
  • Decentrailised
  • Not reliant on banks or governments or any cenntralised authority.
  • Invented by an anonymous person
  • At the centre of Bitcoin lie simple mathematical rules that everyone agrees on but no one controls.
  • NOT just a currency….A Disruptive technology with possible application to voting, asset regulation and notarization.

I guess while most people focus very much on the price, the development of numerous blockchains besides BITCOIN prove Ant right, there are millions of people who have put in the effort to apply crypto technology to other areas!

The bitcoin block times over the past three years have fluctuated, but not by much, the largest being 24 minutes, and overall the times have been remarkably stable at around 10 minutes.


Today the largest Bitcoin transfer ever was valued at just over $1BN in 2020, or just over 100K Bitcoins, with the next four largest being for similar amounts, and all would have been for minimal fees with all of the above criteria being applied.

However, these largest ever transactions were most likely all exchanges moving funds around for security purposes, so not actual individual entities. Still, it proves the point that it is possible today to move around hundreds of millions of dollars for next to no money in less than an hour!

Money of the People/ Bitcoin as an option to opt out.

Approximately 1 billion people currently have access to banking, credit, and international finance capabilities—primarily the upper classes, the Western nations. Six and a half billion people on this planet have no connection to the world of money. They operate in cash-based societies with very little access to international resources. They don’t need banks. Two billion of these people are already onthe internet.

It’s not about us it’s about them - financial integration of the world. Kenyan farmer trying to raise money - truly life changing.


Bitcoin and other cryptos have been adopted enthusiastically in some developing countries, most notably in Venezuela where it has helped people combat hyperinflation, and it has even been adopted by El Salvador as a national currency.

However, it is mainly the rich in those poor countries who benefit, and restraints at the national level can make it difficult for people to get their crypto out to FIAT. The Nigerian government is, for example, notoriously anti-crypto.

So while this is happening Bitcoin and crypto more generally have yet to become widespread solutions to world poverty.

Currencies, Businesses and Payments

Bitcoin solves two problems - distribution and payments.

The internet solved the former (now that so much business is online) Bitcoin the second, and we can send 100 millionth of a Bitcoin. BTC is made for the internet age.


Bitcoin has this potential yes, especially with the development of the Lightening network, but outside of purchasing other crypto assets with crypto (such as Splinterlands cards) I don’t think I’ve made one other purchase with Crypto.

I even bought The Bitcoin of Money with ‘dirty fiat’ because it was easier, I simply don’t have easy access to pay with Crypto, it’s too much hassle!

Neutrality, Criminals and Bitcoin

Neutrality allows an Egyptian blogger to speak with the same power as CNN (hmmmmm!?!?! And where is this neutrality?)

Bitcoin is neutral it allows every individual to operate at the same level as Citibank
Bitcoin Turns a hierarchical financial system on its head - security achieved by limiting access.

With BTC you don’t need to ask anyone to set up a new payment service, you just do it!

The fact that it is used by Criminals doesn’t matter - internet used to be like that - we can still use it for good!

Bitcoin is a currency, a technology and a network, making it ripe for innovation.


As with issues surrounding the potential for Bitcoin to help developing countries, the same is true here – there is lots of POTENTIAL for Bitcoin to flip power structures on their heads, but entrenched institutions make this difficult.

Crypto movements are still subject to international regulation, don’t forget!

Altcoins: Currencies for Everyone/ Programmable Money for All of Us

There are more than 200 FIAT currencies, but crypto allows for money to be controlled by everyone.
We can now invent money nonstop because the technology is there and you cannot un-invent it!

We can take many of the basic concepts of the current system that depend on legal contracts, and we can convert these into algorithmic contracts, into mathematical transactions that can be enforced on the bitcoin network. As I’ve said, there is no third party, there is no counterparty.


Well yes this certainly happened in the DEFI Spring of 2021, but I’m not sure that was a good thing.
What we need now maybe is for some of the more dodgy cryptos to die out and more focused development on the ones that actually work!

Conclusion: Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology that will change the world forever!

Hmm, again it has the potential, but it hasn’t changed the world yet.

For sure there are a few more millionaires and billionaires that would no way be that rich if it were not for crypto, but truly life-changing for the masses, not yet!

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Hmm, again it has the potential, but it hasn’t changed the world yet.

Well, let me tell you something that might change your mind.

There are bitcoin miners in Africa, like Gridless, which help subsidize cheaper electricity for rural communities. Electricity company can sell excess energy they cannot sell to the grid for bitcoin miners. Bitcoin miners get cheap energy to mine bitcoin and profit. The locals benefit when their energy provided doesn't need to charge as big of a price for the energy. It's a win-win-win.

Bitcoin has already changed the world, and will keep doing so.

That's a really interesting example, I will check it out for sure!

Stumbled upon it on What Bitcoin Did podcast where Erik Hersman from Gridless was talking about it. Here's a link to the Youtube version if you're more interested in it.

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Part of the reason I'm reading the book is for the same reason - and easy way to explain it to people, most people I meet for the first time know next to nothing about Crypto and are generally very scepital!

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Bitcoin is truly something of the most revolutionary things that exist, and it is so revolutionary that most people won't fully understand it for quite some time. In my view, Bitcoin will be the solution to so many problems in the daily world in the future, because its importance and scope are such that it will end up positively affecting all facets of human life in society.

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I mean in the grand scheme of monetary history, it's still very early days after all!

Fortunately this was one of my 1st reads when I got into crypto. Definitely a great starting point for a newb because of the vids!

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He does a great job of making the complex understandable with max credibility as he also knows the complexities!

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From what I have seen Bitcoin is being used more as an investment than for buying stuff. It is first generation crypto and other coins may be better for that. Hive is certainly quicker. Both are fairly easy to track, so may not be so great for crooks. A lot of people are still sceptical about crypto and all the various frauds and cockups don't help with that. The next few years will be interesting to see how things go.

From what I have seen Bitcoin is being used more as an investment than for buying stuff.

For a new asset to become a currency, it arguably needs to become a store of value first, especially when the adoption of such asset is a voluntary market emergent process from the bottom up, instead of top-down, like fiat. It follows that early stage monetization of Bitcoin has users mostly utilizing it as a store of value. But once Bitcoin grows as an asset and becomes a bigger part of a persons net value, then the use case for buying becomes current, especially along payment solutions evolving, like lightning network.

Both are fairly easy to track, so may not be so great for crooks.

Lightning network has better privacy contrast to onchain Bitcoin, and there are ideas and potential developments to make it more so.

Interesting for sure, I think it's going to be a matter of which ones survive going forwards!



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