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Automata: The Future Is Automated

Automata: From cryptocurrencies to distributed autonomous corporations and bot traders — the world economy is becoming increasingly automated. What you’re seeing now is just the beginning.

What role do humans have in building these systems? What role will they play in the future? Will you sit and watch all this happen around you, or get involved?

We’re not just talking self-driving cars, drones and automated Amazon warehouses. Increasingly, the back-end that drives all sectors of our economy is running itself.  Machines can pay each other and even organize the deal. But how?

Reporters Daniel Cawrey and Jon Southurst have covered technology for years and bitcoin since 2013. Both worked full-time for news sites like CoinDesk, ZapChain and, where they watched the industry evolve. From the early crypto price bubbles to the modern world of “bankchains” and smart contracts, they’ve seen dozens of projects rise and fall.

Tech-neutral and Open-Minded

Both remain huge bitcoin fans and know it’ll change the world. But there are other stories out there worth looking at too. Everyone has their opinions on what will work and what’s doomed, but each Automata episode starts with a neutral and curious outlook. Ultimate judgment is up to you, the listener.

FYI: an “Automaton” is a self-operating machine; “automata” is the plural. They may act on programmed instructions or make their own decisions. Automata Theory goes deeper, studying what these machines may do — and from there, how they’ll impact our society.

Daniel and Jon are based in the tech centers of Silicon Valley and Tokyo, where they both remain actively involved in the bitcoin and crypto industries.

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