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Did you see any of the celebri­ty-backed ads for the slew of now defunct cryt­po busi­ness­es? Did they leave you scratch­ing your head at the time? It was pre­cise­ly the inscrutabil­i­ty of cryp­tocur­ren­cy that allowed scam­mers like Sam Bankman-Fried to pock­et bil­lions through cryp­to exchanges like FTX. That company’s pitch was essen­tial­ly it’s OK if you don’t under­stand how all of this works, we’ll han­dle it for you.” But then, of course, the bub­ble burst. This week on Sea Change Radio, we check in with Matthew Slater, a com­mu­ni­ty cur­ren­cy engi­neer and blockchain expert with whom we spoke back in 2011, at the dawn of the alter­na­tive cur­ren­cy move­ment. Slater boils down the past decade of cryp­tocur­ren­cy may­hem into layman’s terms and explains why, despite the many bumps along the way, he still believes in a finan­cial sys­tem based on what he terms trade justice.”