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Discussion on: Programming and the fight against climate change

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Ben Halpern

Great topic. One thing I'm trying to do is really educate myself on the environmental impact of bitcoin/blockchain. It's easy to say "yeah well compare it to something else and it doesn't seem so bad" but it's a concern no matter how you look at it and it's worth developing a deep understanding of.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Yeah, Bitcoin is aweful for the environment. :(

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Julien Calixte Author • Edited on

And we don't talk that much about this down side, it is all about the crazy intelligence behind and the speculation around.
The question is: can we afford a remarkable piece of engineering that is not viable for the planet?

Thank you for your answer :-)

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Ben Halpern

And one more question: Can we not think of decent for the environment as a pretty unmovable constraint in adoption of this kind of technology. Moving off of old standards is one thing, but we have a choice now for our future about this kind of thing.

We work with constraints all the time in software, and it's a great thing for problem solving. We lift the constraints and we stop caring.