On March 15, 2011, Gavin Andresen spoke with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the bitcoin cryptocurrency. The interview can be downloaded here.
Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Virtual Currency Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about BitCoin, an innovative attempt to create a decentralized electronic currency. Andresen explains the origins of BitCoin, how new currency gets created, how you can acquire BitCoins and the prospects for BitCoin's future. Can it compete with government-sanctioned money? How can users trust it? What threatens BitCoin and how might it thrive?
Additionally, there is a thoughtful and ongoing debate about bitcoin on The Mises Institute Forum: Is BitCoin the currency of the future? The forum topic is arranged chronologically, so if you advance to the end of the discussion thread, the more recent entries are displayed.
For further reading/viewing:
"Bitcoin and Fractional Reserve Banking", webisteme, April 2, 2011
"Open source identity: Bitcoin technical lead Gavin Andresen", Rodney Gedda, CIO, March 21, 2011
"Bitcoin – a Digital, Decentralized Currency", Technical interview with Gavin Andresen about BitCoin, OmegaTau podcast 59, March 19, 2011
"What is Bitcoin?", A video by weusecoins.com, March 22, 2011
"Bitcoin and the Current State of Currency", Spark 139, February 27, 2011
"BitCoin CryptoCurrency" (video), Security Now 287, February 9, 2011
"Making Money" (video), Gavin Andresen, Ignite Amherst, February 8, 2011
"Interview: How Bitcoin Created a Decentralized Crypto-Currency", Klint Finley, December 29, 2010
"Bitcoin: Virtual money created by CPU cycles", Nathan Willis, November 10, 2010