Michael Casey

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Fintech Speaker, Co-author of the Truth Machine, the Social Organism, & The Age of Cryptocurrency

As Senior Advisor to MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and co-author of both The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Truth Machine (Feb. 2018), Michael Casey demystifies the blockchain: the decentralized record-keeping system driving the bitcoin revolution. He’s also co-author of The Social Organism, in which he argues that social networks imitate the behavior of biological life. In all works, Casey offers a sweeping vision of how new technologies are empowering people to take charge of their lives: disrupting middlemen, upending business models, and redefining how society is governed.

Michael Casey is co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: a text that explains, with clarity and verve, the concept of cryptocurrency: its origins, its function, and how it impacts everything from government to business to academia. An expert on financial innovation, on global capital markets and economics, and a student of what “money” and “value” really mean, Casey conceives of a new digital society in which software and algorithms will replace our outdated, analog legal systems to bring transparency, objectivity, and integrity to the knowledge-sharing society forming around us. And next year, he releases The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything​. Co-authored (again) with Paul Vigna, this book offers the â€‹definitive assessment of blockchain, updated for new market realities—a story of disruption, power, change, and empowerment that will be read by generations to come.

His most recent book is The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life (co-authored with Oliver Luckett), about how social media behaves just like a living being—and how understanding its form and function can let you navigate the worlds of business, economics, culture, marketing and more with precision and intelligence.

Currently Senior Advisor to the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, Casey has two decades of experience as a journalist—most recently as a senior columnist at The Wall Street Journal, covering digital currency, global finance, and economics. In addition to co-authoring The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order—a “timely and colorful book [that] is a rewarding place to learn it all” (The New York Times) and “the most thorough and readable account of the short life of this controversial  currency” (The Washington Post)—and hundreds of bylines at WSJ, he has written for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Financial Times and many other publications. He is also the author of two prior books: The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class and Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Michael Casey


The Truth Machine: Blockchain, Recruiting and the Future of Everything

The world’s largest banks are larger than ever. In a digital era, credit fraud is ever present. Our quaint notions of privacy are ever-more perilous. And to help, we can’t look to so-called ‘legacy’ systems: they’re ill equipped to keep the economy stable or our lives simple. So we look to the blockchain, argues Michael Casey: a public, common good; a means to transfigure major parts of the economy with an operating system that is, in a word, revolutionary; and a decentralized trust architecture to manage the decentralized economy we’re building. In this keynote, based on his latest book The Truth Machine (the sequel to The Age of Cryptocurrency), Casey unveils the disruptive potential of blockchain for a wide range of industries (shipping, legal, tech, finance, security, and beyond). Essentially, blockchain offers more trust, and more control: to personal actors worried about data, identity, or assets; to those excluded by the unfair ...

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