Following three months of research by NSF REU undergraduates, under the direction of PI Bill Maurer and supervision of graduate student researcher Farah Qureshi, this presentation explains diverse forms present in digital blockchain-based platforms dominant across the world today. Building on research collected over the summer, this NSF funded project has examined 180 different cryptocurrency projects, following their successes and failures during rapid technological, regulatory, and legislative changes. With inspiration from these projects, presenters similarly believe the presentation to be a “groundbreaking foray” into the world of emerging cryptocurrencies, but questioning the revolutionary impact of decentralization on the market. Delving into this “cutting-edge” industry, researchers unearthed the next generation of transactional systems. Join IMTFI and the Department of Anthropology for this transformational experience, revealing the wonders of an innovative, high-performance technology. 

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