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Bitcoin Vs Ethereum with Samson Mow & Vitalik Buterin

In this bonus episode of "What Bitcoin Did" podcast hosted by Peter McCormack, Samson Mow, the CSO at Blockstream, debates Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum as a part of ongoing debates between Bitcoiners and Ethereans.

Together, they discuss the fundamental philosophical differences and points of contention between Bitcoin and Ethereum communities.

In many ways, Ethereum is the antithesis of Bitcoin. Whereas Bitcoin is slow and conservative in its goals and development, the ethos of Ethereum is to ‘move fast and break things’. These philosophical differences often lead to fiery debates between the two communities.

“It comes down to what you think money is, and money is really a zero-sum game. We’re not going to walk around in a world with thousands or tens of thousands of monies,” said Samson Mow.

Meanwhile, believers in Ethereum argue that its value proposition is completely different and that both Bitcoin and Ethereum occupy completely different niches of the emerging industry.

The conversation was recorded on Thursday, 13 August 2020.