It’s not often that an audience with no knowledge of – or even necessarily, interest in – Bitcoin gets a personal presentation by Bitcoin inventor Dr. Craig Wright and the Founding President of Bitcoin Association, Jimmy Nguyen.
But that’s what students at the first meeting of the Cambridge Metanet Society were offered, in the university’s Gonville and Caius College.
OK, a few of them had been more attracted by the promise of free pizza than by their intellectual appetite for new ideas. But the general feeling afterwards was that it had been a great evening.
As one student put it “it’s not every day that you get to be in an intimate setting with thought leaders in their field, and have them explain to you in pretty concise terms how they’re going to change the world”.
The evening started with an introduction by Robin Kohze, a doctoral student in human genetics who is President of the Cambridge Metanet Society. Robin opened with an Alice-in-Wonderland style question, to dislodge any uncreative preconceptions the audience might have brought with them: “what is the colour of money and what happens if we change it?”
Nobody quite got to grips with that. But Robin went on to demonstrate his commitment to radical ambitions for Bitcoin by subtly criticising new apps that offer BSV versions of existing Internet services. Blockchain unicorns, he warned, “don’t reinvent old applications. They create something new.”
Then it was Jimmy Nguyen’s turn to wow the pizza-hungry crowd. Jimmy talked about his own history: how he had graduated from law school in the late 1990s at the height of the Internet boom. It was a time of great entrepreneurial and technological excitement. And he promised the students that again today,