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Bitcoin for the Befuddled by Chris Wilmer, Conrad Barski

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BITCOIN 2030

So let’s suppose Bitcoin is a runaway success. What would the world look like in 2030?

In the year 2030, 20 million bitcoins are in circulation; all but 1 million of the 21 million maximum have been mined.

Unfortunately, the future didn’t work out well for Crowley: He didn’t pay close attention to Chapter 3 and lost all his bitcoins in the infamous WhatsMyInstaSnapAppBook.com hack in 2019. Consequently, he’s spending his days as a real estate agent and driving semitrucks cross country on the weekends for a living.

So exactly what would 20 million bitcoins look like? Well, unbeknownst to Crowley, if the 20 million bitcoins were each the size of a penny and were stacked as tightly as mathematically possible, they would almost exactly ...

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