Bitcoin for the Befuddled
Date: This event took place live on December 03 2014
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.
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Conrad and Chris tackle the highly technical (and sometimes confusing) subject of Bitcoin, from exploring why the idea is not as stupid as it sounds at first, to explaining advanced topics like decentralized transaction ordering, digital signatures, and irreversible payments. They will also talk about how easy it is for a merchant, with a few lines of code and a website, to start accepting payments in bitcoins, without signing any contracts with payment processing companies. As an "open" payment system that anyone in the world can use (and develop applications on top of), Bitcoin is a really exciting platform for both developers and merchants in developing countries.
About Conrad Barski
Conrad Barski has an M.D. From the University of Miami, as well as nearly 20 years of programming experience. Barski is a cartoonist, programmer, and the author of Land of Lisp. He's been using bitcoins since 2011. Twitter: @lisperati
About Chris Wilmer
Chris Wilmer holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Wilmer's first purchase with bitcoin was a bag of honey caramels from a farm in Utah. They were delicious. LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/chriswilmer