Blockchain Radio April 2017

Blockchain Radio highlights blockchain & cryptocurrency news stories, accompanied by inspirational music and visuals. April 2017’s video plays to the backdrop of Chicago, IL, USA. Come explore with us!

Not to mention, if you enjoyed this radio, please come back next month for May’s news and prices! Also, feel free to check out our Youtube page for other resources on all things blockchain!

Boxing on the blockchain

Boxing on the blockchain

Bitcoin gamblers prepare for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather

There is evidence to suggest that mankind has been involved in gambling as far back as 2300 B.C. In those days, ancient Chinese people are thought to have used tiles for rudimentary games of chance. By the time 200 B.C. rolled around the Chinese were even using keno slips for a sort of state funded lottery, which may have been used to help fund the Great Wall.

The Ancient Romans, Greeks, and even the Egyptians are known to have played dice games throughout their existence. In fact, even games we play today, like blackjack, for instance, were around in the 1600s in places like Spain.

 

In a nutshell, folks have participated in many forms of gambling since the dawn of our recorded history. A large portion of the modern population will likely be continuing this trend as we approach the epic showdown between UFC fighter Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

Economic Protectionism: Fiat Currency’s Propulsion of Cryptocurrency Into the Mainstream

Economic Protectionism: Fiat Currency’s Propulsion of Cryptocurrency Into the Mainstream

It’s hard to dispute the blockchain revolution, given major international financial institutions, such as JPMorgan and HSBC, plunging massive amounts of capital into R&D of the technology. The price of major cryptocurrencies have skyrocketed over the past month (June 2017) alone. With funding on the rise and market adoption on the horizon–see Japan–it is hard to estimate an upper-limit on the value of these tokens. However, the relationship between the crypto markets and traditional markets can provide insight into the future valuation of these tokens.

Becca’s Personal Cryptocurrency Tale

Becca’s Personal Cryptocurrency Tale

My name is Becca, and this is how I came to be a part of the cryptocurrency wave! This is a personal cryptocurrency story, and is by no means meant to be financial advice.

Background

Jordan and I became friends back in February 2017. We’d hung out a few times, each time discussing some new and interesting. He mentioned blockchain during our hangouts, but I didn’t know much about it until the end of March 2017. He  requested my Skype name through a mutual friend and we set up a time to chat.

Jordan was interested in bringing me on the team for a number of reasons. First, we had great rapport and had a vast knowledge of random things, allowing for fantastic intellectual debate. Second, I am female and the Blockchain.WTF team was a total sausage fest at that point. Third, I’m a copywriter with a background specifically in digital marketing. In Jordan’s eyes, I was the missing piece to help get things off his plate

Photography on Blockchain

Photography on Blockchain

Fine Arts & the Art of Technology

In 2009, the effects of the global financial market spawned the fourth industrial revolution: the digital era. Bitcoin, and subsequently blockchain, were born. Bitcoin is the network, while bitcoin (with a lower-case “b”) is the cryptocurrency itself. In today’s world some professional photo agencies have started accepting bitcoin as payment for licenses. However, few realize blockchain technology could one day  literally change the entire face of photography.

Blockchain is platform designed to work with a decentralized network. Put simply, blockchain works like a digital, distributed ledger. When a transaction occurs on the blockchain, the information is added to a “block”, or data file. Once a transition is solidified, the block closes and a new one is created, which includes all the data from the previous block, thus creating a permanent chain of data. The blockchain is distributed across the network, as opposed to going through a single point. Their function is to make sure that each transaction is valid after solving complex algorithms, ultimately securing the block. Decentralization makes it nearly impossible to hack a block before it is finalized.

Women in Crypto

Women in Crypto

Women in the Cryptocurrency Movement: 3 Female Celebrities Who Love Bitcoin!

The contributions women have made in terms of helping the cryptocurrency movement flourish cannot be understated.

Top female minds like Coin Center’s Andrea Castilo and Robin Weisman have been considered two of the most influential women in regards to helping develop and refine bitcoin policy.

Moreover, there have been several big name female celebrities who have helped introduce the bitcoin revolution to their millions of fans across the globe. By coming out endorsing bitcoin as a viable alternative to government issued currency, these stars have helped create awareness and a pop culture buzz for the cryptocurrency craze.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at 3 famous ladies who decided to hop aboard the bitcoin bandwagon.

Blockchains’ Plausible Impacts on Education & Learning

Blockchains’ Plausible Impacts on Education & Learning

Do you think blockchains could disrupt the current education system? As an educator, I am constantly bubbling with ideas for using blockchains within my job and with my students. The use cases are quite wide, and the development is bound to come eventually as blockchain technology is more readily understood and more widely adopted.

The blockchain space has increasingly shown more applications for real-life use cases in a variety of fields. Every day, we see new changes to this growing genre of technological development, including many major companies coming out in support of blockchain technology and exploring their applicability. As information on blockchain technologies has reached more people, we have seen more ideas and development in and for blockchains, one of which lies in the expansive field of education.

Blockchain and Law

As you know, blockchain has the ability to affect pretty much every industry on the planet. Law, of course, is no exception. Smart Contracts are ground breaking, in that they allow technology to execute the terms. Ultimately, this leads to more overall security. Furthermore, blockchain allows clients to set up royalty payments–a system that is currently very outdated. Watch this video about blockchain and law, to learn more!

If you’re interested in reading more about how blockchain affects other industries, head over here!

Tales from a Trader: Part 2

Tales from a Trader: Part 2

A Personal Cryptocurrency Trading Story Part 2.

The Dao

To the best of my knowledge, The Decentralized Autonomous Organization (The DAO) was a decentralized app (dApp) built on top of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). The DAO acted as a venture capitalist of sorts, essentially allowing investors who held The DAO tokens to vote on projects. There was no CEO, CTO, or other Chief-XXXXX-Officer. Instead, projects only required 30% of approval with a vote, and it would get rounds of funding.

So, of course, I limped into the EVM world. It was another chance for me to sink my claws into this community and have a say (vote) on what projects I thought we’re interesting and had future potential. Then one day, I was browsing my everyday subreddits and kept seeing posts that The DAO was being siphoned! The DAO had raised more than $140 Million, and been drained to around $50 Million. You can read about it here.

From what I’d read, if you invested in The DAO, you could have your Ethereum (ETH) split. Split? From what? And that’s when I caught wind of Ethereum Classic. Again, you can read about it here.

A Crypto Couplet

A Crypto Couplet

Cryptocurrency Trading: The How to Poetry Edition

Are you looking for currency that lacks centralization?
There are many great options throughout every nation.

So you’re ready to buy but aren’t sure what to do.
You can start by reading this rhyming walkthrough.

The first thing you’ll need is your own crypto wallet.
Chose an option like Jaxx and begin to install it.

Now get an account with a site like Coinbase.
It’s quite user-friendly, a great starting place.

Next, you’ll need to select the right token for you.
Go to Blockchain WTF for a nice overview.

There is Bitcoin, Ethereum, and even Dash.
You will soon start to see they’re much better than cash.

Invest in just one or do some combining.
When you’ve got it down pat, you can even try mining.

Never invest what you can’t live without.
Start out small if you have any doubt.

Invest what you can it won’t be in vain.
You’ll be glad you’re aboard the cryptocurrency train.

If you are feeling like investing, visit our “how to buy” page, but first, make sure you know about each token and which ones you want to invest in