10 Non-Blockchain Books To Help You Understand The Blockchain
It’s difficult to understand blockchain technologies. Foremost, it’s hard to develop a solid technological understanding of how protocols like Bitcoin and Ethereum function. Secondly, the technology itself is still in its infancy and is constantly evolving along with the rapidly growing industry. Thirdly, it is hard to appreciate why this technology is seen by many as a game changer or why it has the potential to introduce a paradigm shift.
Transformative technologies like double-entry bookkeeping, the printing press, and The Internet have introduced major societal changes. These shifts didn’t happen overnight but underwent volatile and lengthy journeys. Eventually, they achieved mainstream adoption and have become ubiquitous. The World Wide Web is only 25 years old, yet the majority of our everyday activities are dependent on it, whether we realize it or not.
To start appreciating what impact blockchain technologies could have one must study the past. Below we have compiled ten non-Blockchain books that we think can help put this disruptive technology within a greater context. The following books look back at the nature of transformative technologies, finance, money, and the evolution of social organizations.
10 Non-Blockchain Books To Sink your Teeth In.
1) Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin
If we are to understand blockchain technologies we need to start with money. What is it, how does it work, and where did it come from? So few people stop to ask these questions and the ones we think should have the answers, like economists, don’t focus on the subject in any meaningful way. Martin does a fantastic job of defining and analyzing money as a social technology. He walks us through its history and points to a number of fascinating historical case studies that help reveal the nature of money. suggest that social organizations are undergoing fundamental changes and that ultimately nation-states will be subverted and or destroyed. This is being driven or made possible by advances in computer and information technologies. The authors’ methodological approach used to make a number of bold predictions is rooted in their evaluation of macro-historical events that they term ‘the study of megapolitics’ and their theories on the role of violence. They see the old social order of the Industrial Age marked by large-scale, top-down command and control governance, dominate nation-states and corporate conglomerates coming to an end and predict a new era of the sovereign individual. It’s a bitcoiner’s dream.
5) The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea by Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait
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