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In 2018, Blockchains LLC chief exec Jeffrey Berns purchased 67,000 acres of land in the Nevada desert. Plans to create a fully autonomous Blockchain City were never realised. After it swiftly fell out of public discourse, we began to wonder... how much of the story was never reported? Journalist Cas Piancey and data scientist Bennett Tomlin drive down to Nevada and investigate.
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In 2018, Blockchains LLC chief exec Jeffrey Berns purchased 67,000 acres of land in the Nevada desert. Plans to create a fully autonomous Blockchain City were never realised. After it swiftly fell out of public discourse, we began to wonder... how much of the story was never reported? Journalist Cas Piancey and data scientist Bennett Tomlin drive down to Nevada and investigate.
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    Episode 1: Cryptopia

    Episode 1: Cryptopia

    A couple billionaires, a brothel, an industrial zone, and a small town investigative journalist all collide to form a Blockchain City.Cas and Bennett begin to peer into the abyss of Jeffrey Berns and quickly discover an elaborate scheme.
    Listen to Cas and Bennett’s other podcast, Crypto Critics’ Corner, for more historical moments in crypto: https://open.spotify.com/show/3AOBjDQWlzzVOtk1MGYgT4?si=a98a3b79b8ad439f
    Follow journalist @CasPiancey and data scientist @BennettTomlin on Twitter, or @Protos for informed crypto news.
    Visit our website at protos.com.

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    • 14 min
    Episode 2: Deep pockets

    Episode 2: Deep pockets

    Autonomous governments and permanent identities: what can blockchain bring to cities it hasn’t already? Jeffrey Berns’ lofty project promised to employ 124,000 people. But first, he needed the innovation zone bill to pass…
    Listen to Cas and Bennett’s other podcast, Crypto Critics’ Corner, for more historical moments in crypto: https://open.spotify.com/show/3AOBjDQWlzzVOtk1MGYgT4?si=a98a3b79b8ad439f
    Follow journalist @CasPiancey and data scientist @BennettTomlin on Twitter, or @Protos for informed crypto news.
    Visit our website at protos.com.

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    • 13 min
    Episode 3: Company towns

    Episode 3: Company towns

    Cas and Bennett revisit company towns, a grim part of America’s history that bears a striking resemblance to the Blockchain City. Expert Dr. Ángela Vergara joins the pair to discuss why they do more harm than good.
    For more on the subject, listen to Cas, Bennett, and Dr. Vergara on a special episode of Crypto Critics’ Corner: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Eif4ECj1rc9PeAkOQsVHt?si=72248feff38a46b5
    Follow company town expert @vergara_angela, journalist @CasPiancey, and data scientist @BennettTomlin on Twitter, or @Protos for informed crypto news.
    Visit our website at protos.com.

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    • 14 min
    Episode 4: Romp in the desert

    Episode 4: Romp in the desert

    After being ignored by the executives at Blockchains LLC and the Nevada legislature, Cas and Bennett take a trip to the high-desert to see what they can learn about the Blockchain City with boots on the ground.In this episode, Sam Toll, a local Storey County journalist, attempts to explain the twists and turns involved with the creation of Innovation Zones and why utopias aren’t always as simple to create as people think they’ll be.
    Listen to Cas and Bennett’s other podcast, Crypto Critics’ Corner, for more historical moments in crypto: https://open.spotify.com/show/3AOBjDQWlzzVOtk1MGYgT4?si=a98a3b79b8ad439f 
    Follow journalist @CasPiancey and data scientist @BennettTomlin on Twitter, or @Protos for informed crypto news.
    Visit our website at protos.com.

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    • 16 min
    Introducing... Innovated: Blockchain City

    Introducing... Innovated: Blockchain City

    What happened to that Blockchain City project in Nevada? On March 1, journalist Cas Piancey and data scientist Bennett Tomlin investigate. 
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