Ethereum Q&A: Why I’m writing ‘Mastering Ethereum’

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Why are you writing 'Mastering Ethereum'? What is the scope of the book? Are you still interested in Bitcoin? I am interested in the application of programmable blockchains to consensus networks that use a virtual machine to resolve the state of smart contracts. This applies to ETH, ETC, Rootstock, and other smart contract-focused blockchains. These systems will probably not have the robust monetary policy, security, decentralisation, or scalability of Bitcoin, but they do open up more potential for research and innovation in the area of smart contracts. I will not limit my learning or intellectual curiosity in order to satisfy a religious-like litmus test. Don't forget who the real enemies are: the totalitarian, fascist, crony, centralised banking systems that cause enormous damage to the world. These questions are from the June monthly Patreon Q&A session, which took place on June 24th 2018. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop RELATED: The Lion and the Shark: Divergent Evolution in Cryptocurrency - https://youtu.be/d0x6CtD8iq4 Investing in Education instead of Speculation - https://youtu.be/6uXAbJQoZlE Ethereum, ICOs, and Rocket Science - https://youtu.be/OWI5-AVndgk Slush17 Panel: Farewell to Centralised Data - https://youtu.be/ul0aGzF-v5c Blockchain vs. Bullshit: Thoughts On The Future of Money - https://youtu.be/SMEOKDVXlUo Smart contract platforms - https://youtu.be/XU8Bc5oxneE Impact of smart contracts on law and accounting - https://youtu.be/K-TRzuPwJCc Altcoins and specialisation - https://youtu.be/b_Yhr8h6xnA Ether, ICOs, and securities - https://youtu.be/guBNLSsnAiA Unstoppable code - https://youtu.be/AQx3E3F8Kz4 Airdrop coins and privacy implications - https://youtu.be/JHRnqJJ0rhc Initial coin offerings (ICOs) - https://youtu.be/Q5R8KuxV4A0 The token ICO explosion - https://youtu.be/vdaW8NtJXuQ ICOs and responsible investment - https://youtu.be/C8UdbvrWyvg ICOs and financial regulation - https://youtu.be/Plu_WX3Gs8E ICOs, disruption, and self-regulation - https://youtu.be/yfjgcI8xX3A Scams, gambling, and regulation - https://youtu.be/fTI88YrN1UE ICOs and pyramid schemes - https://youtu.be/8HYWWP1QU7Q Directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and IOTA - https://youtu.be/lfgMnbb5JeM Scaling and "Satoshi's vision" - https://youtu.be/Ub2LoTcYV54 "Blockchain, not Bitcoin " - https://youtu.be/r2f0HlaRdgo Reflections on the last five years - https://youtu.be/NoCi64uaFT0 Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin. Follow on Twitter: @aantonop https://twitter.com/aantonop Website: https://antonopoulos.com/ He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters. THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Money-collection-Andreas-Antonopoulos/dp/1537000454/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 [NEW] THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://www.amazon.com/Internet-Money-Andreas-M-Antonopoulos/dp/194791006X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 MASTERING BITCOIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bitcoin-Unlocking-Digital-Cryptocurrencies/dp/1449374042 [NEW] MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bitcoin-Programming-Open-Blockchain/dp/1491954388 Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN: https://bitcoinbook.info/translations-of-mastering-bitcoin/ Subscribe to the channel to learn more about Bitcoin & open blockchains! Music: "Unbounded" by Orfan (https://www.facebook.com/Orfan/) Outro Graphics: Phneep (http://www.phneep.com/) Outro Art: Rock Barcellos (http://www.rockincomics.com.br/)