Bitcoin Q&A: Why “energy consumption” math sucks

Bitcoin Q&A: Why "energy consumption" math sucks

Can you have a secure blockchain without mining or energy consumption? Do the energy consumption statistics often shared by the media make sense? Why should the focus be on energy generation, not energy consumption? Energy consumption in Bitcoin has almost nothing to do with the number of transactions. Should we start pricing in the externalities of carbon? How does Bitcoin mining fund alternative energy solutions?

This question is from an event which took place on November 10th 2018 as part of the ‘Internet of Money’ tour at the Edmonds Center for the Arts near Seattle, Washington: https://antonopoulos.com/event/the-internet-of-money-tour-seattle/

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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Russian, ‘Интернет денег’ (v1) – https://www.olbuss.ru/catalog/ekonomika-i-biznes/korporativnye-finansy-bankovskoe-delo/internet-deneg
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