First released in 2017, Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin by David Birch is an enlightening book about money, how (digital) technology affects the system of money and economy, and the potential of Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrency) in the future. In this book, David Birch traces back to early history of money and how it has been progressing with the invention of newer technologies. He then evaluates the emerging cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) in this digital era and how it can be a smart system of money—money that understands us.
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Cover and Details of Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin by David Birch (PDF)
- Title: Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money That We Understand to Money That Understands Us
- Author: David Birch
- Publisher: London Publishing
- Date Published: August 8, 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907994653
- ISBN-13: 9781907994654
Summary of the Book
Technology is changing money and this book looks at where it might be taking us. Technology has transformed money from physical objects to intangible information. With the arrival of smart cards, mobile phones and Bitcoin it has become easier than ever to create new forms of money.
Dave Birch looks back over the history of money, spanning thousands of years. He sees in the past, both recent and ancient, evidence for several possible futures. Looking further back to a world before cash and central banks, there were multiple ‘currencies’ operating at the level of communities, and the use of barter for transactions.
The newest technologies will take money back to its origins: a substitute for memory, a record of mutual debt obligations within multiple overlapping communities. This time though, money will be smart. It will be money that reflects the values of the communities that produced it. Future money will know where it has been, who has been using it and what they have been using it for.
Reviews of Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin
“David Birch brings out in rich and lucid detail the full historical journey money has been undertaking and the technological revolutions it has encountered en route. Historical scholars, technologists, monetary economists and policy makers will all find something in here to hold their attention, to reshape their view of history or technology, finance or policy.” —Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England (from the book’s foreword)
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