From the authors of the fascinating The Age of Cryptocurrency, comes the definitive work on the Internet's next big thing: the blockchain.
Many of the `legacy systems' once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task; big banks have grown more entrenched, privacy exists only until the next hack, and credit card fraud has become a fact of life. However, there is a way past all this-a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionise our economy: the blockchain.
In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society's faith in itself. They reveal the empowerment possible when self-interested middlemen give way to the transparency of the blockchain, while highlighting the job losses, assertion of special interests, and threat to social cohesion that will accompany this shift. With a balanced perspective, Casey and Vigna show why we all must care about the path that blockchain technology takes-moving humanity forward, not backward.
`The authors ably explain highly technical information in layperson's terms, and the text is neither too dense nor too basic. Readers may pick this one up for the Bitcoin connection and find themselves fascinated with the blockchain's potential to change the world's financial systems for the better.' -Booklist
`With thoughtful and well researched analysis, The Truth Machine leads you through a history of cryptocurrencies and blockchains that reveals the path forward towards a decentralized economy, one in which opportunity and access are widely spread.' -Andreas M Antonopoulos, author of Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money series
`The Truth Machine is a brilliant, beautifully written guide to the blockchain revolution that is redefining "trust" for our increasingly globalized world.' -Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, author of The Mystery of Capital
`Casey and Vigna are among the blockchain and digital-currency sector's most important visionaries. They are shaping a new understanding of how we can gain greater personal control over our data, assets, identities and creations to forge a more inclusive, collaborative and innovative society.' -Imogen Heap, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and founder of Mycelia
`Casey and Vigna have done it again! It turns out that digital currencies may only be the spark for the next major revolution in business and society. The implications of trust being the blockchain's real killer app cannot be ignored by any serious investor.' -Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, star of CNBC's The Halftime Report
`This unparalleled examination of the blockchain landscape will open people's eyes to how a decentralized information system can level the playing field for humanity.' -Mariana Dahan, founder and CEO, World Identity Network, first coordinator of The World Bank's Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative
Michael J. Casey writes for The Wall Street Journal, covering global finance in his `Horizons' column. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal's MoneyBeat blog and co-authors the daily `BitBeat' with Paul Vigna. He is the host of the book-themed video series WSJ Afterword and a frequent guest on and host of The News Hub and MoneyBeat. His podcast on world economic affairs is forthcoming. Casey has written for publications such as Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the author of two books: Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (2009) and The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class (2012).
Paul Vigna is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy. He is a columnist and anchor for MoneyBeat. Previously a writer and editor of the `MarketTalk' column in DowJones Newswires, he has been a guest on the FoxBusiness Network, CNN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor radio show. He has been interviewed by Bitcoin magazine and appeared on the Bitcoins & Gravy podcast, and collectively obtains 20 years of journalism experience.