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The Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency
Oct 4, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
The growth of cryptocurrency has been one of the most radical technologies of our decade. Technologies that have our society examining and experimenting with our preconceived notions and understanding of the value of money and currency. Technologies that have proponents dreaming lofty utopian ambitions.
How can we utilize cryptocurrency to help create utopia? What would cryptocurrency look like in Utopia?
The Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency is a dive into the basic underlying technology of the Bitcoin protocol, practical economic implications, and ethical considerations to developing an appreciation and understanding of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
The goal is to facilitate an open dialogue and educational exchange on a powerful yet controversial and often misunderstood technology.
A class / lecture study group will give a survey of these topics. Accompanying the class, the Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency proposes to include a number of experiential art / education pieces and installations.
Interactive Shared Mining – teach people how to set up mining equipment and build a small but tangible educational mining hub in the Utopia School where the public can temporarily share computers and graphics card to create a mini mining pool that will be on display for the duration of the Utopia School
Barter & Cryptocurrency Flea Market – facilitate Utopia School participants, friends, family, and visitors to offer their services and economies to engage in cryptocurrency and other barter transactions which exist outside of many of our day-to-day interactions and transactions.
Other mini projects will develop as potential collaborators become interested and understand opportunities. The Utopian Guide to Cryptocurrency intends to push deep into both the advantages and flaws of the current state of digital currencies as well as understand how to harness its potential and pragmatically integrate its utility to benefit and support the work of change-makers, thinkers, and artists.