There is no intrinsic value to a BitCoin because it is an anonymous IOU written by no one.
I want you to give me half of your doughnut.
I can offer to give you a signed IOU that says “Josh will give the holder of this IOU 1/2 doughnut”. The more you trust that I will actually honor the IOU, the more it is worth to you. You might even be able to trade that IOU to someone else for something that they have and you want… assuming they also think there is some chance that I will honor it.
Instead of writing the IOU, now imagine that I write a program that generates random sequences of letters on my computer. I let that program run for a very, very long time until it happens to generate something like “IOU 1/2 doughnut”. I print this out and I offer to trade it to you for 1/2 your doughnut.
YOU: So if I take this note, someday I can give it back to you and you'll give me something yummy?
ME : Nope. This is not an IOU from me. It was randomly generated by a computer.
YOU: So who owes me the 1/2 a doughnut?
ME : No one! But it took the computer a really long time to generate this note at random!
YOU: If there is no one who will pay me back, then why would I ever accept this note?
ME : You can try to trade it to someone else for something they have and you want!
A dollar is an IOU from the government, a BitCoin is an IOU from no one…
Fingerlings are Cabbage Patch Kids multiplied by Bitcoin. Let’s sacrifice one for science and see the tech that makes them so irresistible!
Read on to the end for a shocking video showing how we may reanimate a disemboweled fart money when animal electricity is duly applied…
I have 2,500 in shinny new $1 coins that I need to get rid of. I want to give them to you… if you can come up with some way to creatively use them.
You have until midnight December 31st to tell me your idea. The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day. If you win, you will have 30 days to come pick up the cash in NYC.
Some facts about the coins:
- 100 rolls of $25 each
- Weigh almost 50 pounds
- Stacked like flapjacks would make a tower more than 16 feet tall
- Laid edge-to-edge would stretch father than a city block
I am looking for a project that:
- uses the coins as coins rather than money
- can be completed quickly and decisively
- is a concrete plan of action rather than an abstract concept
- will make people say “That is amazing”.
I’ve intentionally avoided adding rules to encourage wild and unexpected creativity. I’m looking forward to see what you come up with!
Tweet your entry to @ico_irl
Website is at https://ico-irl.com.
Pass this on to anyone you know who might have been waiting for an opportunity like this to do something amazing!
There are normally lots of Zipcars near me, but looking at Thanksgiving day things look pretty bleak…
If I want a Zipcar on Thanksgiving, my only option is to wait and hope someone cancels their existing reservation (which for other reasons will all likely happen 3 hours and 1 minute before the reservation start times).
Maybe a little marketization could fix this problem and make everyone better off….
Why are we humans still wasting our time doing a crappy job at manually routing printed circuit board traces? If a computer can beat the best Go player on earth, surely it can route a mess of traces better than idiot me!
Let’s try out a few of the latest and greatest auto-routing programs to see how useful they are routing my new board! Continue reading
Fidget spinners are everywhere, but surprisingly few have POV LED displays. I found one that costs only $3.29 including shipping from China – let’s see how it works!
If you think this is easy, then I think you are missing something. This is hard. You need to know your hardware intimately to figure this one out.
Free Less Is More Hacker tee-shirt to the first correct answer in the comments. More details and demo video below…