Andreas Antonopoulos – Bitcoin

If talk about currencies, network systems and internet security is something that scares you, then you are about to have your mind blown.

This week’s episode of London Real brings you Andreas Antonopoulos – technologist, serial entrepreneur and world Bitcoin expert.

If you’ve heard of Bitcoin you may still believe this digital currency is only used by drug-dealers, terrorists and pornographers.

Andreas addresses the bad press Bitcoin has received and is adamant that it’s about to change.

As he points out, this is part of the journey of any new cutting edge technology.

The big paradox at the heart of Bitcoin is that it simulates a coin made from precious metal, i.e. it’s rare.

It doesn’t immediately make sense to have a digital ‘thing’ be rare, as everything in the digital world can be copied ad infinitum.

Confused? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Andreas’s genius is in making complex economic and digital concepts understandable.

If you are baffled by how a currency that trades in the real world can simply be invented from scratch in the ether of the internet, don’t worry, it’s all here.

During the episode, Andreas lead us from his first discoveries of Bitcoin to his now widely accepted expertise, and his evangelism for the currency.

Andreas insists, however, he is not selling Bitcoin.

He simply wants to open up the dialogue about the future of money, and reveal to ordinary people the scope of the technology.

As Andreas says, he’s not in this for the money. He is in it because he loves having “a front row seat in the making of history“.

One thing that might surprise you about Andreas is how approachable and likeable he is.

For a guy who spends his life talking about computer systems and economics, he’s remarkably easy to communicate with.

He’s candid, passionate about what he does, and his optimism about Bitcoin is infectious.

Even if you struggle with talk about currencies, computer networks and financial security, you’ll come away from this week’s episode a believer.

Andreas not only cares about Bitcoin, he cares that YOU care also.

Tune in to watch a fascinating person unravel the cutting edge of money in the digital age.

00:00 Trailer.
02:04 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:56 Brian’s Introduction.
06:30 London Real’s relationship with Max Keiser and Bitcoin.
08:12 Background to Bitcoin revelatory moment for Andreas.
11:56 Satoshi Nakamoto, who (he or she) created the first network centric platform.
12:34 Bitcoin is the first application of the invention there are so many more possible applications.
14:54 Andreas’ fugue type state of complete obsession whilst searching for deeper understanding.
16:59 Why is it that criminals become the early adopters of new technology?
19:23 Government’s connivance.
19:42 Dread Pirate Roberts, the Silk Road and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
20:51 You can’t get stabbed over TCP/IP.
23:58 The Silk Road was the best peer reviewed marketplace. Best quality and best repeat business.
27:08 How Andreas has successfully used his skill to further knowledge of Bitcoin.
29:16 Dichotomy of the volatility in value of Bitcoin tracking interest in Bitcoin.
33:44 The amount of Bitcoins existing and why it doesn’t matter.
36:05 What Bitcoin miners do.
38:11 Difficulty in explaining Bitcoin to the everyday consumer.
40:34 What Andreas is able to purchase with Bitcoin.
43:13 Transformational possibilities of cross border transactions is why Andreas is in Bitcoin.
48:22 How long will his vision take to materialise?
49:35 The amount of investment in the Bitcoin space.
53:45 Competition from other payment opportunities such as Apple Pay and Facebook messenger.
57:47 How does Andreas choose his involvement in Bitcoin?
1:00:23 Why is his a dangerous job, seemingly acting as a lightning rod to certain individuals?
1:03:43 Andreas’ view of what caused the Greek financial crisis and its relationship with Bitcoin.
1:12:51 What is the 20 year outlook for crypto economy space? A self-driving, self-owning Uber taxi?
1:19:14 What happens to the world economy when you bring 6 billion new productive but disconnected people, online?
1:22:51 Success secrets.
1:23:46 London is great, but is it heading for walled courtyards with guards and slum cities around?
1:29:15 Phone call to the 20 year old Andreas.
1:30:09 Best advice Andreas has ever received.
1:33:16 Advice to young people who want to advance cryptocurrencies.
1:35:57 What it is like being on the Joe Rogan show three times.
1:39:15 Brian’s summing up.

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Whatever video plug in you are using, it sucks!! I can’t even watch the video at low quality all it is doing is buffering and I’ve tried three different browsers.

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fruitspeace725

“Sorry
Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here.”

What’s the meaning of this?

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Jenny Mayola

Where are you watching the episode from? Please drop a message on chat and we’ll help you further. 🙂

Maria
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Maria

Hi,
Please try to use another browser. That’s a usual fix for that specific error. Sometimes, there is an inconsistency between your browser version and Flash. 🙂

Donna M.
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Donna M.

With these very volatile and unpredictable prices in bitcoins, only wise people trade (sell or buy) bitcoins at lesser rates. That is why I left other platform and choose furcoins. com Be wise too and save cost.

Sigma
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Quick question, when he said that Real Estate is in a bubble, did he mean globally or just in London and other big cities?
If Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can do what they were supposed to do and change the financial industry and real estate industry, wouldn’t that make real estate market undervalued and “cheap” to invest in right now?

Muhammad Zeshan
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just an amazing talk. so well explained that I’m interested to learn more about this tec.

Jean
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Is there any place I can get the script?

dnlirina373
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dnlirina373

I am also into the vulgarisation of stuff (high school maths and sciences): would you point me the direction toward some help to better understand block chain good enough to introduce it to 12-16 orders?
An answer from Andrei would feed my ego but any voice, the Univers will choose, is as good for my project.

Maria
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Maria

Hi, you can reach out to Andreas through his Twitter account here:
https://twitter.com/aantonop

balazsnyitray@gmail.com
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if you only interested in blockchain itself, this is the best i can point you to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_160oMzblY8
read the description there as well, there are useful links 🙂

Scott
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Good stuff! I’m very impressed…Thank You!

Roy
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nice

qmicha162
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qmicha162

Great interview, looking for a new one – especially after recent grow…

Maria
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Maria

Thank you! We are glad you liked it!

1234californiaboy134
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1234californiaboy134

YOU ARE #1 !!!

Tony
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Great interview, enjoyed that a lot. Bought some BitCoin now ?

Graham
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Bet you’re glad you did that huh?

Kara
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brilliantly done!

Praful
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Andreas is really talking lot of sense & doing great job spreading the message around educating people on next generation ways of transacting…I am personally very keen to participate in creating business use case using blockchain technology. Would be happy to explore a strategic partnership..If you can suggest some company since you are interacting with lot of people would help me..Thanks [email protected]..

fahad_shahab@hotmail.com
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Nice Andreas. Would like to personally connect with you. Your passion speaks. I have started to do the same thing by watching all TED talks and doing a Digital Money course from Tufts University. From Blockchain to bitcoin and now understanding that its the same wow. so true. My Skype ID is : fahadshahab. Would love to talk. I can feel from my heart that you are doing a great job.

Maria
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Maria

Hi Fahad, you can contact Andreas Antonopoulos through his Twitter account.

rexzile@yahoo.ca
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I love this interview and more importantly asking the right questions. I always wanted to know about the Greece from Andreas.
Great insight!

Kieren
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Hey, if you liked this episode, check out our other episode with Andreas called ‘The Death of Money’ https://londonreal.tv/andreas-antonopoulos-the-death-of-money/

Shailendr
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A great interview, clearer insight into one of the most amazing phenomena in our lives, Bitcoin…! Thanks very much Andreas & Brian.

Invictus
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Great interviews – but you may want to include date when these interviews took place for reference. Cheers!

MW
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MW

Wow! What a great interview! Andreas & Brian, many thanks!

Nonmetallicoxide
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Bitcoin is undergoing scaling issues. If large scale adoption were to start today Bitcoin would collapse.

John Henry Grzyb (pronounced Grib)
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Just finish this episode and I am speechless. I had never really heard of pickling before until yesterday when I started listening to this episode. Took me two days to go through it so that way I can give it its due, and I didn’t trus just finish this episode and I am speechless. I had never really heard a big coin before until yesterday when I started listening to this episode. Took me two days to go through it so that way I can give it its due, and I am impressed. Go back now and watch the success… Read more »

Drew Huang
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This is very informative about Bitcoin & Economics. Thanks London Real!

dj
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I like that one, then went on and researched and understood Bitcoin. Fascinating piece of tech. Thank you dearly.

Eugene Yakshin
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Awesome. Also those Joe Rogan Experience episodes are _very_ interesting.

Nicolas Richard
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This video is interesting and fascinating. Well done Brian, please bring more guests who have developed a real knowledge on niche topics, which have some tremendous potential, such as Blockchain/bitcoins.

DoNotMindMe
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Great speaker…. an absolute joy to listen to him. Μπράβο κ Αντωνόπουλε!

Martian Lee
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Damn, 1:23:30 you cut that personal habit off!

Avida Dollars
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As soon as he started talking a little bit in the negative, about the next coming recession, Brian immediately cut him off. Don’t want to turn off the academy members… I don’t know if I agree with that though but it would have been nice to hear he’s point of view further.

Josh Barrett
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i found this so interesting change everything i thought i knew about bitcoin that guy should be lecturer or a professor bitcoin is going to change the world in ways we couldnt even imagine yet

Louise Cardow
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GREAT interview.. Thank you! i love Bitcioin and the future that it represents.. taking away the power of those banks who rule our monetary system. I am a BitCoin Miner earning from the millions of transactions that happen every day. The future looks bright

Stephen Tackett
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How is it possible that Bit Con can’t be seized or frozen?

Louise Cardow
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Basically because YOU are your own bank. You have your own e-wallet where you store your coin – NO one else has access to it – it is not ‘held’ by any bank or Gov.

Josh Barrett
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If you keep your wallet data to your self say in a paper wallet nobody but you could ever access your funds freeze it or seize it bitcoin is totally unhackable but if your not careful with your private key or wallet files you could very easily have your bitcoin stolen

Belzor Rezor
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Where can I find the music from this episode?

Alexandru AdlSolutions
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Very informative and educational Andreas

Peter Makowski
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Fantastic interview.I have only watched half of it and Andreas has answered questions,calmed fears and flipped my whole perspective of Bitcoin on its head….

James Cass
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Great interview! I joined to watch the second part and so far it’s providing great information about Bitcoin and it’s implications in areas besides money. Well done!

Gabriele Farei
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Great episode, great speaker, great topic.

Damien Ramos
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This is my first time visiting the LondonReal website I will be coming back for more.

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Finally joined to watch the second part of the interview. Very good. Now, since I am here..

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I manage both of them and they each got over 16K members. Also, if anyone got questions, I can answer them.

René Patrique
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“People worth watching”. – This interview hit the nail on the head! – Thanx-a-lot for the opportunity to watch the complete interview. – Can’t wait to see Bitcoin take over! – 🙂 – Although Bitcoin is not a “classic alternative currency” like they used to establish in a town called “Wörgl” in Austria in the 1930’s I really hope there is no way to stop this “revolution of money” like they (the central bank system in particular) stopped the “Wörgl Experiment” back then – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%B6rgl#The_W.C3.B6rgl_Experiment – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freigeld – I’d LOVE to see people prosper who are out of “the game”… Read more »

Brian Fletcher
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If crypto currency becomes the norm, could it be incorporated into the “one world bank” scenario? (seems to fit the whole “NWO” hypothesis). Either way, surely gold would no longer have a role to play as a backing, even though there are no longer any gold backed currencies. I ask, because so many pundits predict a bright future for gold.

wonkytonky
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its a currency.. not 1 bank can controll it. so it doesnt fit with the “one world bank” thing..
and if ppl feel bitcoin is to centralized.; to 1 power;. theres a 1000 others waiting to replace bitcoin.. if it realy comes down to that.. Gold is a big gamble.. .. centralbanks can naked short gold price for ever.. With bitcoin.; there’s too many exchanges.. and way to limited bitcoins.. to play this game with.. it will backfire.

Ruth Heasman
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Andreas is as inspired and inspiring as ever. I loved the idea at the end that bitcoin can’t prove it’s worthiness, but rather that the banks will prove their unworthiness in time (perhaps sooner rather than later). I think that’s right. Some of us are drawn to bitcoin, and the rest will have to be pushed towards it, but that’s okay. That’s how technology always works.

Richie Galas
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Where can i learn about BITCOIN? From a beginners stand point. Thank you!

Troy Weedman
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youtube is how I tried then I got my 11 year old son to show me.lol

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Joost Heesters
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ah, my reddit post 😉

Marcel Armstrong
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A brilliant and fascinating interview. What’s going on here at London Real is wonderful and inspiring. Thank you!

laura-cummins
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I watched parts of this and am grateful for the info. Thank you.

dimitris-apostolakis
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Great episode, lots of information about bitcoin, I couldn’t stop watching.
Thank you Brian and Andrea.

Juris Baltacs
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Fasciating episode! I love this deep-dive educational content.

Steve Cegu
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this interview is worth its every minute, thank you Brian and thank you Andreas 🙂

mishax1
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@Londonreal Where’s your Bitcoin tip jar ?

Dave Longe
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Why is he promoting Bitcoin. He didn’t give a sufficient answer.

Barnum
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He is promoting Bitcoin because he can see the MASSIVE potential in and outside of economics.

Diego Salazar Arias
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W
O
W
Expansion of the financial perception!!

Chris Rose
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I can’t seem to get an answer on this…can someone tell me if you can rewind or fast forward when watching these episodes on this website? Example, I just watched the first part of this episode on youtube and now I have to watch the whole thing over again to get to where I left off. Even when I start watching an episode on this site if I have to leave and watch it later I have to watch it from the beginning again, so frustrating!! I’ve just stopped watching most London Real episodes and it sucks!!

jonathan-waller
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Alright Chris, are you a London Real Academy member ? I think if ur not a member u get the same video as youtube.I am member and I don’t have no trouble. I cant move the video to wherever I want. Hope you sort it out.

Chris Rose
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Hmm…I am logged in with facebook. He says in the video that you can watch full episodes free by signing in with social media. I guess you can watch but not rewind/fast forward…thanks

Mike Paritee
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Great interview! Andreas was thought provoking as usually.

Rob Tichenor
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Fascinating interview.

Antero Beiman
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excellent episode, Antonopoulus is a big thinker.

Swithun Gibbs-kennet
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Looks fascinating

Russell Spears
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I have to say Andreas really is the one guy that seems to be able to look further into what Bitcoin might do…. We can tell every point he offers is from long consideration.

wonkytonky
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he ‘s the best btc speaker imho

Archie Ology
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can’t wait!