Los Angeles - August 26, 2015
Eric Scrivner on Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System
- Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Papers-We-Love-LA/events/224423506/
- Paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
Bitcoin is many things - a critique, a currency, a protocol, and perhaps even acontemporary industrial revolution. More immediately, however, bitcoin and theoriginal paper that spawned it are of interest to the working programmer as astudy in the design of fault-tolerant, decentralized systems. Beginning fromthe crtique of trusted third parties we will see how bitcoin provides novelstarting points for system architecture in the age of increasingly cheap andubiquitous computing power, as well as speculate about what all this mightentail for the future.
Additional Reading / Context For The Paper:
- Shelling Out – The Origin of Money (Nick Szabo) http://szabo.best.vwh.net/shell.html
- Trusted Third Parties Are Security Holes (Nick Szabo) http://szabo.best.vwh.net/ttps.html
- Bitcoin isn't money, it's the internet of money (Eli Dourado) https://theumlaut.com/2014/01/08/bitcoin-internet-of-money/
- The Byzantine General's Problem (Lamport, Shostak, and Pease) http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/lamport/pubs/byz.pdf
- bmoney http://www.weidai.com/bmoney.txt
Many thanks to Eric Scrivner (@etscrivner) for presenting this paper to the Los Angeles chapter.
Papers We Love Los Angeles would like to thank Dollar Shave Club for hosting this month's meetup.