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Would You Take a College Class on Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin?

The world's first research journal dedicated solely to cryptocurrency launched last month. It's a sign of the times as academics begin tinkering with the study and theory of digital currency.

From inauspicious beginnings to its current notoriety, Bitcoin has revolutionized the way we use and perceive money. Some see Bitcoin as the best kind of currency ever created; others warn that it’s unsustainable and dangerously unregulated. Some of those arguments hold more water than others, but regardless of which side you take, it’s hard to argue against the opinion that Bitcoin and the other 700+ cryptocurrencies out there have plenty of room to improve.


We’re also seeing academic efforts made to improve security as a whole as everyone comes to terms with the fact that cryptocurrency isn’t going to be a temporary fad.

That’s where academia comes in. Marked by the launch of Ledger, the first cryptocurrency research journal, we’re seeing a big push toward the academic study and improvement of digital currency. Cornell University, for example, launched its Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) in July. The goal for these and other research efforts is to explore the inner workings of cryptocurrency systems in order to shape the future of money in the digital future.

Below, Singularity University’s Brad Templeton gives a crash course on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency:


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