The Sovereign Individual ~ James Dale Davidson and William Rees Morg
The Sovereign Individual is one of those books that changes the way you see the world forever. It was released in 1997, but the extent to which it predicts the impact of blockchain technology will give you a chill. We are entering the fourth phase of human society, moving from industry to the information age. You need to read this book to understand how things will change.
Since it is easier to live comfortably and earn an income anywhere, we already know that those who are really advancing in the new information age will be employees who are not tied to a single job or career and are in independent locations. Price savings are already a more attractive option for choosing a place to live, but this goes beyond digital nomadism and freelance concerts; the foundations of democracy, government and money are changing.
The authors predicted the collapse of Black Tuesday and the Soviet Union, and here they predict that the rise of individuals will unite the power of decentralized technology that will cut off the power of governments. The death toll in the nation-states, which was predicted to be extraordinary, will be private and digital money. When that happens, the dynamics of governments will change as citizens stop working to steal taxes from their employees. If you’ve become someone who can solve people’s problems anywhere in the world, you’re going to join a new cognitive elite. Don’t miss this.
Optional quote: “When technology is mobile and transactions take place in cyberspace, as more and more people will do, governments will not be able to charge more for their services than they deserve for the people who pay for them.”
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ~ by Yuval Noah Harari
Whenever I want to impress someone with this book, I ask, “Do you want to know the basic difference between humans and monkeys? A monkey can jump up and down a rock and shake a stick and scream at its friends. A threat was coming. “Danger!” Danger! A lion! “A monkey can also lie. He can jump up and down on the floor and shake a stick and scream about a lion when there is no lion. He is trotting. But what the monkey can’t do is jump up. and Go down and shake a stick and shout, ‘Danger! Danger! Dragon!’ “
Why is this? Because dragons are not real. He explained that human imagination is the ability to believe and speak in things we have never seen or touched, which has led the species to cooperate with a large number of aliens. There is no god, no nation, no money, no human rights, no laws, no religion and no justice in the universe outside the ordinary imagination of human beings. We are the ones who do it that way.
All of this is a great prelude to where we are today. After the Cognitive Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, Harari will guide you to the Scientific Revolution, which was launched just 500 years ago and can launch something completely different for humans. 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 come out.
Optional quote: “Sapiens, on the other hand, live in a triple-layer reality. In addition to trees, rivers, fears, and desires, the Sapiens world also has stories about money, gods, nations, and corporations.”
Internet of Money ~ by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
While the two books above help us understand the historical context in which Bitcoin first appeared, this book expands the “why” with contagious excitement. Andreas Antonopolous is perhaps the most respected voice in the cryptographic space. He has been traveling the world since 2010 as a Bitcoin evangelist and this book is a summary of his lectures on the circuit between 2013 and 2016, all of which are packed for publication.
His first book, Mastering Bitcoin, is a technology in-depth technique aimed at developers, engineers, and software and systems architects. But this book uses some optional metaphors for why you can’t ban or turn off Bitcoin, how the scaling debate doesn’t really matter, and why Bitcoin needs the help of designers to block mass adoption.
“When you drive your new car in a city,” he writes, “you walk on horse-drawn roads with horses designed and used for horses. There are no signs. There are no road rules. There are no paved roads. No roads. Cars were stuck because they didn’t have the balance and four feet. ”But cars that used to be ridiculed a hundred years ago and at one time are quite common.If you want to swim in the philosophical, social, and historical implications of Bitcoin, this is your starting point.
Optional quote: “Bitcoin is not just money for the internet. Yes, it’s the perfect money for the internet. It’s instant, it’s safe, it’s free. Yes, it’s money for the internet, but it’s much more. Bitcoin is the internet. Money. “If you understand that, 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. Forever. Enter.”