Here are five ways to tell that a journalist doesn’t understand anything about cryptocurrency.

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It’s easy to spot a reporter that doesn’t know anything about bitcoin. Very few reporters understand this emergent technology. Yet, it’s going to become more important for mainstream reporters to get a handle on the basics.

If you’re a reporter, and you don’t want to look like an amateur, keep an eye out for the following in your copy:

Bitcoin is software. Software is something real. Not only is bitcoin something that’s real, it’s a very special something that’s real because its a form of technology that allows individuals to send unique, irreproducible transactions to one…

Cryptocurrency is fast, cost-effective money without a middleman.

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Cryptocurrency is like you and your friend standing in a park.

Under the current banking system, you’re about to give $50 to your friend for picking up a bed frame for you the previous week when this guy comes out of nowhere and takes the $50. He insists that you and your friend can’t handle the transaction and that he has a duty to step in and complete it for you.

Immediately, he takes off and runs around town. He gives $2 of your money to pay off a debt, pockets some of the change and hours later comes back…

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

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1. Download a Wallet

To own cryptocurrency, you need a wallet. A wallet is a software that allows to you interact with a cryptocurrency blockchain like Bitcoin (there are many other blockchains). The software can be downloaded onto a computer or a phone.

By far, the best learner wallet is Exodus. It’s free, and they have a whole host of instructional materials to teach you the basics of things like “seed words.” Plus, you can hold multiple cryptocurrencies.

2. Buy or Acquire Cryptocurrency

You can do this through a reputable cryptocurrency exchange (like Coinbase or Gemini) or through reputable apps like Paypal or Cash app.

The main thing to…

A brief summation of Cardano’s April 29th Africa announcements.

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If you want to see how the decentralized, techno future is being shaped, the next time you’re cleaning the barbeque or engaged in some housework, play this Cardano Africa Special video in the background. It will give you a hint about the new technology-driven world that’s quietly forming.

Since many of you don’t have the time for that and some of you have no idea what Cardano is, I’ll highlight some basics below.

Cardano is a blockchain (often called a “cryptocurrency” because it involves encryption technology). I’ve been interested in their intent to provide identification and Internet connection to those…

Those that wish to keep some semblance of coherence going forward must have a method to deal with cognitive dissonance.

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A human is a kind of self-built matrix of ideas. Those ideas, those values that you choose, are like containers that process data from everyday life. But you can only process the data that your ideas are capable of processing. If you hold limited ideas, then you can only process a limited amount of data.

We’re now in a phase where the amount of data that requires processing is increasing, and the masses don’t hold the more expansive ideas required to process all that data. What’s more, the data that will need to be understood and assimilated is about to…

“Upgrade or be deleted.” Cyberman

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In September of 2019, I wrote about the tsunami of changes that were about to hit our planet. When I sent out holiday cards, I encouraged everyone to stock up on things that would give them comfort because I felt that 2020 was going to be a challenging year. It lived up to the hype.

That was how I characterized it to others — difficult. For myself, each year I characterize the coming year with some sort of slogan, and I put it up on the wall. For 2020, I wrote, “2020: The rise of the masters. The fall of…

Consensus reality is gone. Coordinated reality is here.

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Last year, about this time, I warned that a decade of change was about ready to descend. One year in, it has not disappointed. The changes have been immersive, as advertised. Since the changes will be ongoing, I think it’s helpful to understand some of the elements of the particular phases as we encounter them. Every once in a while, I write something to highlight an element.

One element of the present phase of change is that the consensus world has ended. I think that this item alone accounts for most of the distress on Earth at the moment because…

This next phase of global change is the great unmasking. To unmask, you must first see who’s wearing one.

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You can’t get a liar to accept truth. Liars value obfuscation. People that accept truth value clarity. Obfuscation and clarity are very different values. Therefore, it’s an act of futility to plead with a liar to accept truth because people rarely change their values. They have no motivation to do so. In fact, liars spend their lives investing in those values. They treasure and defend them. They believe those values give them an advantage in the world. They don’t want to give up that perceived advantage. Now, however, they’re not going to have a choice. …

The new normal is change.

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You didn’t get here on accident. You decided to be here. Identity is eternal. You existed before this life, and you’ll exist after it’s complete. Being on this planet during this transitional phase in human history is purposeful. You wanted to participate in the massive changes that are taking place.

Humans forget the bigger picture because there’s a filter that we call the human body that narrows our perceptions so that we can focus on this world without distractions. That renders a forgetfulness. Some of us have a little less forgetfulness than others. Thus, we can remind our fellow travelers…

Cryptocurrency is a whole new state.

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You think you live in a place, but a nation-state is really a state of mind, and a state of mind is a pattern. So, you really live in a pattern. For thousands of years, humans have been living in certain set patterns, but that’s changing.

Throughout history, our species has formed nation-states to give order to our human explorations. Those nation-states have been based on geographic boundaries. Each geographic boundary had a different theme or culture for those individuals that inhabited that geographic location. Those themes were used to form governments, each with its own set of norms and…

Samantha Standish

I’m a futurist with an interest in how cryptocurrency will change the world and how average people will adapt (no interest in the investment aspect of cryptos).

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