Technics and Bitcoin: a philosophical connection

Abstract

This paper argues that Bitcoin can be conceptualized as a manifestation of Technics, building on definitions of this term offered by selected philosophers of technology from the last century. Such conceptualization aims to help frame Bitcoin’s understanding and trajectory, especially in relation to other forces competing in the world over the past two centuries and still striving for their own affirmation. Starting by defining this approach to Technics as the essence of technology, we explore some of its critical traits such as autonomy and purpose and discuss its interplay with other and apparently competing forces. For each section of our exploration, we look at and for analogies and connections with Bitcoin to substantiate its overarching conceptualization as a manifestation of Technics.

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