Episode 2 – BANANAS FOR BITCOIN

The opening story for episode two features the Global Digital Currency Conversation, and event held during the 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane, bringing together together policymakers and digital currency pioneers. I gave the opening keynote:

The first coin comes from before 600 BC in Lydia:

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This Lydian coin from approximately 660 BC is the size of a lentil.

Paper money is a Chinese invention.

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Song Dynasty Jiao zi — the first paper money, approximately 1100 years old.

Bitcoin’s value – relative to the US Dollar – from its launch in 2009 through the present:

Bitcoin price 2010 - 2018

Back in 2013, Ron Tucker launched BitTrade – one of the first Bitcoin exchanges in Australia.

Later that same year Ron co-founded the Australian Digital Currency Association (ADCA), so that governments – who have a lot of questions and concerns about cryptocurrencies – have a peak body liaise with.

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Ron Tucker mentioned the importance of cryptocurrencies in the developing world – here’s VICE reporting on the launch of ACOIN, which is meant to become the functioning currency for a whole Senegalese city.

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