El Salvador’s decision to make bitcoin legal tender shocked the world. Earlier this week the rapidly-developed and adopted bitcoin law went live, kicking off what seems primed to be an era of accelerated change unlike anything seen in our lifetimes.

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy for a quick three part discussion on the launch challenges, implications and listener comments from our previous show on the topic.

First, the launch: It was messy, but it happened. Alex Gladstein had an insightful twitter thread in the days leading up to it (twitter.com/gladstein/status/1434636006632747009). Matt Ahlborg dug into the day-1 government issued wallet and found a mixed bag, extra controls on the money given out at launch but a fairly robust technological package including native SegWit support and a functional lightning network integration (twitter.com/MattAhlborg/status/1435307724774989829)

Second, the implications: This path towards adoption was not what we expected. What El Salvador’s move to use bitcoin directly suggests is that dollarized nations, or those who use another countries currency and in doing so become subject to their monetary policy decisions, may prefer bitcoin’s non-monetary policy to either domestic or imported control. That’s in sharp contrast to nations like India, China and the US who use their currencies and controls over it to accomplish policy goals. These powerful players see central bank digital currencies as a way to supercharge their monetary policy compared to their influence today over physical banknotes.

And finally, the local perspective: We had two listeners write in with corrections to our prior episode (We were incorrect about the reason why El Salvador "dollarized" their economy in 2000, it was billed as a move to lower the cost of borrowing, not because of elevated inflation) along with the many concerns and questions which are still unanswered. You’ll find both listeners comments in full linked below.

Links from the episode:

Federeco’s El Salvador Perspective
docs.google.com/document/d/1HZzRh…tpof=true&sd=true

Rafael’s El Salvador Perspective
docs.google.com/document/d/10eEud…/edit?usp=sharing

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Today’s show featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine. This episode was edited by Jonas, with music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats.

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Has decentralized gaming just created virtual menial labor?

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan and Andreas M. Antonopoulos as they dive into the world of Axie Infinity and the growing global meta economy. Axie Infinity, a Pokémon-esc play-to-earn game on the Ethereum blockchain, has exploded in popularity around the world. The primary user-base has remained grounded in the Philippines as Filipinos from all walks of life buy, borrow, breed, trade and fight in-game NFT characters called “Axies.”

These fighting cartoon pets have earned players legitimate money – in some cases, enough to sway workers to quit their jobs to pursue Axie full-time. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, especially in places like the Philippines, only make Axie that much more enticing. Individuals and groups with more capital have also snapped on the Axie opportunity in the forms of “scholarships” and lending schemes.

Axie Infinity, and in particular, the lending schemes, prompt a larger conversation about the ethical implications of exporting work and the geographic inequality of opportunities. In the best light, lending within play-to-earn can be seen as providing opportunities with profits orders of magnitudes higher than the local economies could provide. Yet, viewing the practice from a different angle, it can be seen as richer countries farming out low-paying work to individuals who have no better options locally.

Is Axie Infinity a solution or scam? Will the platform maintain its relevance or fizzle out?

See also: Some Filipino Merchants Prefer Payment in Axie’s SLP

This episode featured Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Jonathan Mohan. It was edited by Jonas, our theme song comes courtesy of Jared Rubens and today’s music during the break was Delta by Gurty Beats. Today’s album art features a photo by Karen Fedida/Unsplash, modified by Speaking of Bitcoin.

Learn in this educational video from Andreas M. Antonopoulos when and how to consolidate Bitcoin UTXOs, also known as Unspent Transaction Outputs. There are plusses and minuses to different consolidation approaches with Bitcoin, so if you’re wondering if and when to consolidate, this video explains consolidation of Bitcoin change in your wallet.

Chapters
0:00 Is it advisable to consolidate small amounts of bitcoin received over time to different addresses within the same wallet into a single address?
1:07 Consolidating when fees are low can equal lower transaction fees later
2:03 Consolidating UTXOs from multiple addresses can damage your privacy

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Looking for an entertaining, trustworthy, unbiased opinion on bitcoin and open blockchains? This is it. During this livestream Andreas will answer questions about bitcoin and open blockchains, like Ethereum and the lightning network. Andreas never talks investment but if you want to learn about the technology then don’t miss this event.

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You can also learn from one of aantonop’s many books. Andreas has written three technical books for developers about blockchain technology, Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, and Mastering the Lightning Network (2021) published by O’Reilly Media. He’s also written The Internet of Money Series books, which explain why bitcoin, ethereum, and open blockchains matter. Learn more at https://aantonop.com

How does one do a Denial-of-Service (DOS) attack on their own LN node? Learn from Andreas’ mistakes! This Q&A clip is from the August 2021 Livestream. See the whole stream here: https://aantonop.io/august2021qa

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LEARN from Andreas in one of his popular Workshops which will teach you practical crypto skills. There’s even a FREE Intro to Bitcoin & Open Blockchains to get you started. https://aantonop.io/takeaworkshop

You can also learn from one of aantonop’s many books. Andreas has written three technical books for developers about blockchain technology, Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, and Mastering the Lightning Network (2021) published by O’Reilly Media. He’s also written The Internet of Money Series books, which explain why bitcoin, ethereum, and open blockchains matter.

About aantonop: Andreas isn’t promoting a company or an organization; he’s paid by the community (people who support this work on Patreon and YouTube) and provides an unbiased look at open blockchain technologies, what they can do for our societies, and how to get involved (if you decide you want to). Learn more at https://aantonop.com

From Andreas: You may already know that my mission is to educate as many people as possible about #Bitcoin and open blockchain technologies. Watching these videos and sharing them with others is a big part of that. Thank you for being part of this mission.

***Learn More From Andreas’ Workshops, Books & Events**
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Learn about what a Turing complete programming language is and why it’s more difficult to make a program Turing incomplete. Bitcoin is Turing incomplete whereas Ethereum is Turing complete.
#TuringComplete #BitcoinEducation #EthereumEducation

Chapters
0:00 The life of Allen Turing
0:48 Could you please explain in plain English what is meant by a computer program being or not being Turing complete
1:49 Important characteristics of Turing complete programs
2:29 Turing incomplete programs
3:18 Turing complete systems, while they can express any possible program and are very flexible, we never know if they are going to finish running

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About aantonop: Andreas isn’t promoting a company or an organization; he’s paid by the community (people who support this work on Patreon and YouTube) and provides an unbiased look at open blockchain technologies, what they can do for our societies, and how to get involved (if you decide you want to). Learn more at https://aantonop.com

From Andreas: You may already know that my mission is to educate as many people as possible about #Bitcoin and open blockchain technologies. Watching these videos and sharing them with others is a big part of that. Thank you for being part of this mission.

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Website: https://aantonop.com
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