The Digital Economy

What do coffee and cryptocurrencies have in common?

Cups of cappuccino sit on a table during the World Coffee Conference in Guatemala City February 26, 2010. Guatemala will produce less coffee than previously forecast in the 2009/10 season due to bad weather, increasing pressure on already tight global supplies, the head of the national growers group Anacafe said on Friday. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair  (GUATEMALA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) - GM1E62R0JYM01

William Gilpin sees similarities between the cryptographic hash and the swirling flow of liquids that you might see in your morning coffee. Image: REUTERS/Daniel LeClair (GUATEMALA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) - GM1E62R0JYM01

Amy Adams
Director of Science Communications, Stanford University
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