Andreas Antonopoulos Talks New ‘Mastering Ethereum’ and The “Religion Of Cryptocurrency”
Andreas Antonopoulos Warns To Not Be Carried Away With The “Religion Of Cryptocurrency”
One of the most influential figures in the crypto ecosystem, Andreas Antonopoulos released a video on YouTube explaining his reasons for writing his upcoming book, Mastering Ethereum.
People are worrying that Andreas is getting too involved with Altcoins. In an elegant manner that has marked Andreas public image, he explained that his interest in Ethereum does not imply any ideological shift away from bitcoin. Instead, Antonopoulos notes that we should all be willing to learn about things that we don’t understand or don’t agree with and that cryptocurrency is not a “religion”.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos, a Greek-British Bitcoin advocate, has a broad range of interests, which proves that. He has degrees in Data Communications, Computer Science, and Distributed Systems.
What has Antonopoulos done for Blockchain?
Published over 200 articles on cloud computing, data centers, and security; Advised executives from Fortune 500 companies on the questions of cloud computing, networking, and security and; Wrote such books as Mastering Bitcoin (it’s considered to be the best BTC technical guide) and The Internet of Money.
Antonopoulos is not just a public speaker– he inspires people to work with cryptocurrency and raises our awareness about technologies around.
Much like his book with a similar name on Bitcoin, the intent of this book is to focus on the more advanced technical aspects of Ethereum for programmers and those who want to learn more about Ethereum development.
Coming back to the video, Antonopoulos had a number of sharp and poignant comments that perhaps we should all consider. One point he made is that cryptocurrency and blockchain is not a religion. Our use of our research in another project is not tantamount to betrayal but is instead a wise and natural process. He further stated that while he may not agree with everything that a particular blockchain or cryptocurrency project does, such as its consensus model or how it handles governance, doesn’t mean that there is nothing to learn or to gain from getting a clearer picture of how it works.
In a stoic fashion, Antonopoulos also had a few comments that were in some ways anti-Ethereum. Specifically, he said that the technology has undoubtedly been used by unscrupulous individuals in order to create “shitcoins” by “the truckload”. However, just because some people use the technology for bad reasons, that doesn’t mean the technology itself is bad or corrupt.
He was quick to mention that while the upcoming book is called Mastering Ethereum, it is not exclusively about the cryptocurrency project launched by co-creator Vitalik Buterin. Instead, Antonopoulos stated his interest in the many cryptocurrency projects that offer virtual machines and smart contract programming. He specifically cited projects like Ethereum Classic, Lisk, EOS, Rootstock, and QTUM.
To end the video, the author said that the wrong thing to do is to point fingers at each other and say how each other’s favorite blockchain project is garbage, isn’t decentralized enough, and so on. Instead, he said that we should before kissing on the benefits of the blockchain, and who the true enemies are.
“The real enemy is not the not-quite decentralized system, it’s totalitarianism, fascism, corrupt crony capitalism and destructive banking systems that are absolutely centralized.”