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Something, Something, Blockchain

James and Jae are joined by Dr Catherine Flick to discuss the ethics of cryptocurrencies, NFTs and the wider blockchain. This is a no holds barred discussion of our thoughts on such a widely misunderstood and abused technology.
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Show Notes

The idea of a non-taxed, non-regulated, digital currency can sound incredibly appealing for many uses, but are cryptocurrencies all they’re cracked up to be and should we be advocating their use? That’s what we discuss with the published researcher, Dr Catherine Flick, known on BBC local radio as being able to explain Bitcoin in 15 seconds.

Catherine brought so much insight to help us understand what exactly cryptocurrencies and the blockchain are, and why they’re not as great as those involved in them think. We also dig into how NFTs got into the video game industry and of course the environmental impact of the blockchain.

We know this topic can stir up a lot of discussions, and we’d love to hear from you (as long as we can all keep things civil). So, send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:16:05: Privacy & The Ick Factor
  3. 00:24:17: What Is Blockchain?
  4. 00:34:26: Lack of Financial Protection
  5. 00:39:42: Regulation?
  6. 00:43:15: Virtual Currences vs Proof of Work / Stake
  7. 00:49:57: The Environmental Impact
  8. 00:54:32: Decentralised
  9. 01:00:20: NFTs & Video Games
  10. 01:18:17: Solving Actual Problems
  11. 01:22:40: Wrapping Up

Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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