Josh Stark - Atoms, Institutions, Blockchains | 4/17

What do a book, a radio broadcast, and the human voice all have in common?

Today the answer is easy: they all contain information. But if you asked someone the same question 100 years ago, they would struggle. They would not have easily identified that these different things all share an abstract property like “information”.

Perhaps there is an analog to information hidden in the foundations of our civilization. An abstract property that once revealed, might help remake our understanding of the world, and help us answer plainly what problem blockchains are supposed to solve.

Call this property hardness .

Pre-Talk Reading: Atoms, Institutions, Blockchains — Josh Stark

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