Andrew Ross Sorkin has an interesting short piece on DealBook on something I have written about before: the future of money.
If the last three decades revolutionized the information and telecommunications industries, the next three may upend the basic tenets of finance: currency, credit and banks, as well as payment and transmission systems. Your children may even ask you, “What was it like to see that old-fashioned building called a bank?”
In recent years, we’ve already begun to see hints of an impending overhaul: the emergence of Bitcoin and the ecosystem growing around it; the adoption of peer-to-peer lending businesses like Lending Club; and the introduction of Square, the payment system, to name just a few.
And even if you believe Bitcoin is no more than a fad — and that may well be, given its volatility, security issues and potential regulatory challenges — it has raised the prospect of new virtual currencies and, at the least, cheaper and more efficient transaction mechanisms.
The entire piece is well worth a read:
Past Reconnomics posts on topic: