Unit 3: Bitcoin History and Philosophy
Bitcoin wasn't formed in a vacuum. There's a rich history of cypherpunks, privacy activists, and free-market libertarians who contributed to the preceding culture and technologies. In this unit, we will contrast Bitcoin with predecessor technologies and businesses, such as BitGold, b-money, HashCash, and e-gold. Bitcoin has also faced various tests in terms of social attacks that have forced a response from the Bitcoin community to defend or strengthen Bitcoin. One interesting case is SegWit2X, where large Bitcoin businesses and miners attempted a hostile takeover of Bitcoin that was repelled by Bitcoin users.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 3 hours.
3.1: Cypherpunk History
3.2: Predecessor Technologies
3.3: Bitcoin History
Unit 3 Recap
Unit 3 Assessment