The best books on cryptocurrency

The Sovereign Individual ~ by James Dale Davidson and William Rees Morg

The Sovereign Individual is one of those books that forever changes the way we see the world. It was released in 1997, but the degree to which it predicts the impact of blockchain technology will cause you chills. We are entering the fourth stage of human society, moving from the industrial age to the information age. You should read this book to understand the scope and scale of how things will change.

Because it becomes easier to live comfortably and earn an income anywhere, we already know that those who truly thrive in the new information age will be workers who are not tied to a single job or career and are location-independent. Attention to choosing where to live based on price savings is already more appealing, but this goes beyond digital nomadism and independent concerts; the foundations of democracy, government and money are changing.

The authors predicted Black Tuesday and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and here they predict that the increase in the power of individuals will coincide with the decentralized technology that will sting the power of governments. The death toll for nation states, they predicted with an extraordinary presence, will be private digital cash. When that happens, it will change the dynamics of governments as stationary bandits who steal taxes from working citizens. If you have become someone who can solve problems for any part of the world, you are about to enter the new cognitive elite. Do not miss it.

Choice offer: “When technology is mobile and transactions take place in cyberspace, as they will increasingly do, governments will no longer be able to charge more for their services than the people who pay them are worth.”

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humanity ~ by Yuval Noah Harari

Whenever I want to impress someone with how good this book is, I ask, “Do you want to know the fundamental difference between humans and monkeys? A monkey can jump up and down on a rock, shake a stick and yell at his friends. seen as a threat is targeted. “Danger, danger! Lion! “A monkey can also lie, it can jump up and down on the rock, shake a stick around and squeal on a lion when, in fact, there is no lion. It is simply doing the ridiculous. But what a monkey all he can do is jump up and down, shake a stick and shout, “Danger! Danger! Damn it! “

Why is that? Because dragons are not real. As Harari explains, it is the human imagination, our ability to believe and talk about things we have never seen or touched that has elevated the species to cooperating in large numbers with strangers. There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, no religions, no justice outside the common imagination of human beings. We are the ones who make them like this.

All in all it’s a pretty magnificent preamble to where we are today. After the Cognitive Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, Harari guides you to The Scientific Revolution, which began only 500 years ago and can start something completely different for humanity. The money, however, will remain. Read this book to understand that money is the greatest story ever told and that trust is the raw material from which all kinds of money are minted.

Quote of choice: “Instead, sapiens live in a three-layer reality. In addition to trees, rivers, fears, and desires, the world of sapiens also contains stories about money, gods, nations, and corporations.”

The Internet of Money ~ by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

If the two books mentioned above help us understand the historical context in which Bitcoin first appeared, this book expands the “why” with contagious enthusiasm. Andreas Antonopolous is perhaps the most respected voice in the cryptographic space. He has been traveling the world as a Bitcoin evangelist since 2010 and this book is a summary of the talks he gave on the circuit between 2013 and 2016, all hardened for publication.

His first book, Mastering Bitcoin, is a technical immersion in technology, aimed more specifically at software and systems developers, engineers, and architects. But this book uses some eligible metaphors to explain why Bitcoin can’t be banned or turned off, how the scale debate doesn’t really matter, and why Bitcoin needs the help of designers to block mass adoption.

“When you drive your new car for the first time in a city,” he writes, “go on horse-drawn roads with infrastructure designed and used for horses. No light signals. No road rules. No paving. “And what happened? The cars got stuck because they had no balance or four feet.” But moving forward a hundred years and cars that were once ridiculed are absolutely the norm. If you want to swim in the philosophical, social, and historical implications of Bitcoin, this is your starting point.

Choice offer: “Bitcoin is not just money for the Internet. Yes, it is perfect money for the Internet. It is instant, secure, free. Yes, it is money for the Internet, but it is much more. Bitcoin is the Internet of money. Currency is just the first application.If you understand it, you can look beyond price, you can look beyond volatility, you can look beyond fashion.At its core, Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology that will change the world for always. Join us. “