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London Real

Aug 23, 2015

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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 tells me in our discussion, 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 our talk together, Andreas lead me 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 here to hear a fascinating person unravel the cutting edge of money in the digital age. 

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