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The Big Bitcoin Idea

This excerpt from Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies nicely captures the potential of Bitcoin and why there’s so much fascination with it and so much activity, investment and research surrounding it.

Behind the scenes, bitcoin is also the name of protocol, a network and a distributed computing innovation. The bitcoin currency is really only the first application of this invention. As a developer, I see bitcoin as akin to the Internet of money, a network for propagating value and securing the ownership of digital assets via distributed computation. There’s a lot more to bitcoin than first meets the eye.