Camila Russo discussed her book, The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-Hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum, at MOI Global’s Meet-the-Author Summer Forum 2021.
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About the book:
Written with the verve of such works as The Big Short, The History of the Future, and The Spider Network, here is the fascinating, true story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world, the growth of cryptocurrency, and the future of the internet as we know it.
Everyone has heard of Bitcoin, but few know about the second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, which has been heralded as the “next internet”. The story of Ethereum begins with Vitalik Buterin, a supremely gifted 19-year-old autodidact who saw the promise of blockchain when the technology was in its earliest stages. He convinced a crack group of coders to join him in his quest to make a super-charged, global computer.
The Infinite Machine introduces Vitalik’s ingenious idea and unfolds Ethereum’s chaotic beginnings. It then explores the brilliant innovation and reckless greed the platform – an infinitely adaptable foundation for experimentation and new applications – has unleashed and the consequences that resulted as the frenzy surrounding it grew: increased regulatory scrutiny, incipient Wall Street interest, and the founding team’s effort to get the Ethereum platform to scale so it can eventually be accessible to the masses.
Financial journalist and cryptocurrency expert Camila Russo details the wild and often hapless adventures of a team of hippy-anarchists, reluctantly led by an ambivalent visionary, and lays out how this new foundation for the internet will spur both transformation and fraud – turning some into millionaires and others into felons – and revolutionize our ideas about money.
About the author:
Camilla Russo is founder of The Defiant, a newsletter focusing on decentralized finance. Previously, she was a journalist for eight years at Bloomberg rotating between Buenos Aires, Madrid and New York. Camila covered Argentine, Market, European Stock, macroeconomics and cryptocurrencies. She holds an MSc from Northwestern’s School of Journalism and a bachelors from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Camillar is author of The Infinite Machine the first book on the history of Ethereum, which was published by Harper Collins in July, 2020.