Will criminal elements leverage cryptocurrencies? Criminal organizations as early adopters of technology, operating at the nexus of highest risk and highest reward. Money, by definition, is something you can use to buy anything. The more restrictions it comes with, the more it loses the fundamental principle of medium of exchange. I bet it's a lot easier to buy drugs with the New Zealand dollar than it is with bitcoin. Criminals will use money, but what we need to understand is that the tool is not the crime and has never been the crime. 99% of humanity is going to use money and other tools to feed our children, give them healthcare, education, and a better future. I'm not concerned with solving crime through attempting to control money. The organization you give the absolute power over money to, will become the criminal and punish not other criminals but their political opponents. We need to start thinking about separation of money and state, and understand that it just as important as the separation of church and state.
This is part of a talk which took place on May 8th 2017 at The Blockchain.NZ Conference in Auckland, New Zealand: https://antonopoulos.com/event/the-blockchain-new-zealand-conference/
Beyond National Money - Zurich March 2016 - https://youtu.be/V_RS9Lh_rBY
The oxymoron of national blockchains - https://youtu.be/qSIBFBq9tRs
A voluntary alternative to mandatory currencies - https://youtu.be/5ogv3Eya9nQ
Can cryptocurrencies support terrorism? - https://youtu.be/Ryz-pXbsojU
Why we should resist financial surveillance - https://youtu.be/KBFedmrDTQw
Bitcoin and Blockchain in Norway - https://youtu.be/5ODDCx6VL2Y
The Stories We Tell About Money - https://youtu.be/ONvg9SbauMg
Fake News, Fake Money - https://archive.org/details/TheInternetOfMoney-Volume2/2-04-FakeNewsFakeMoney.mp3
Blockchain vs. Bullshit: Thoughts on the Future of Money -https://archive.org/details/TheInternetOfMoney-Volume2/2-03-BlockchainVsBullshit_ThoughtsOnTheFutureOfMoney.mp3
Bitcoin and the Banks - Five Stages of Grief - https://youtu.be/43Ucj6_Erb0
How do banks react to Bitcoin? The Five Stages of Grief - https://youtu.be/3mgw5rbgOMY
Why Bitcoin is the poison pill of global finance - https://youtu.be/UOfRIaJICgI
How will the currency war affect companies? - https://youtu.be/c9MIM2vZUZc
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Originally published as a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGmtRA9S7_Y&list=PLPQwGV1aLnTu0KFDbHk4AUiiyce0xLX7p&index=18