ANDREAS ANTONOPOULOS – Blockchain for you in 2018

ANDREAS ANTONOPOULOS – Blockchain for you in 2018

I believe everyone has AHA or EUREKA moments in their lifetime when they have a creative insight or suddenly understand some complicated concept that just previously they could not comprehend. For me I sometimes have AHA moments in dreams, but usually after having immersed in and studied a subject with great passion for months or years.

In the case of bitcoin and blockchain technology I first became aware of bitcoin in early 2017, largely because my gold stocks were not showing much life and I heard the cryptocurrencies were skyrocketing in value. My passion developed slowly, but in October I enrolled in the University of Nicosia online course “Introduction to Digital Currency” and started attending Bitcoin Meet-Ups in Edmonton, Alberta. My relatives and friends have no interest in the topic and tend to avoid the topic so I have made new friends and only talk to people who don’t laugh outloud when I mention the word “bitcoin”.


By January 2018 I had created a new website and on Feb. 21, 2018 I bought my first .0115539 of a bitcoin for $162.72 CAN dollars after attending a Meet-Up session given by Warren Furnival and later watching a video by Andreas Antonopoulos. That video “Future Of Bitcoin’s Can Reach 300K By 2018?” can be seen at

Andreas has at last count 316 videos on YouTube (188 Q & A, 80 Talks and 48 Interviews) and I have only watched 20+; read two of his books and taken the course “Introduction to Digital Currency” for which he was one of two professors.

He continues to be the most learned individual I know and he spends all his time educating others about the possibilities for blockchain technology to create a better world for all.


These are the 5 stages that most individuals go thru in the process of dealing with BITC0IN – the first cryptocurrency that they are likely to discover. Bitcoin came into existence in January 2009. It is nine years old and I was not introduced to it until it was seven years old. In two years I have come to realize and accept the uniqueness of this amazing technology.

Stage 1 – DISDAIN:

When first introduced to BITCOIN most individuals would laugh out loud and call it invisible monopoly money. How could something that you couldn’t touch or feel be real money. It has none of the characteristics of money (tangible, note issued by governments and not backed by precious metals).

It was part of a virtual digital world which I at age 73 had difficulty relating to. I easily denied the existence of bitcoin and saw it as another fad like pet rocks which the younger generations would engage with and then quickly forget it in a year or two.


In 2016 I saw enough bloggers writing about Bitcoin on the Internet, that I realized some individuals believed it was real. I paid some attention, but couldn’t make sense of it. It was ethereal and seemed like another Multi Level Marketing or Ponzi scheme that would just eat up my money, if I ever got involved.

Some individuals appeared to be making money and treating it as an actual asset, but I was skeptical that it would ever compete with my property, gold, stock, mutual funds and cold, hard cash.

Stage 3 – CURIOSITY:

In early 2017 I heard about individuals making money with Bitcoin and saw the word so often I became more curious. I had gone to university to get an M. Ed. In education and had been a teacher/school administrator for many years. In that time I changed philosophically from a Teacher to a Facilitator; and saw the Students and myself as Learners.

At this stage I started taking home every book from the library that I could find on Cryptocurrencies and reading numerous articles on the Internet.


It was in the fall of 2017 that I began to think about actually investing in Bitcoin, but I was now 74 and believed that such an investment was for the Millennial who could afford to lose everything and still start over. BUT I couldn’t bring myself to squander any of my retirements funds on something I knew so little about.

At this time I came across a free, accredited course called “Introduction to Digital Currencies” from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus which led to a further 8 courses and an M. Sc. In Digital Currencies. I investigated the course and university, and found the university to be English-speaking and as credible as any North American University. The course had started in 2014 in response to the banking crises in Greece and Cyprus as an alternative to banking and fiat currency. The course was on line and I enrolled on Oct. 26, 2017.

My most influential professor was Andreas Antonopoulos and if you have your doubts please take the time to listen to his presentation on YouTube to Canadian Senators. It was an AH! HA! MOMENT for me! A light bulb went of in my mind and I suddenly realized why so many individuals were joining the movement.

It was like being a little boy again and I was learning to ride my bicycle. I fell off many times, but always got back on and thrilled at the freedom and adventure it brought me. I couldn’t sleep and started two more related course from the Linux Foundation and Princeton. By mid November I was swamped as I had now discovered the BLOCKCHAIN, an even more promising technology, on which the BITCOIN is based. The BLOCKCHAIN can bring trust back to the global community and has the ability to revolutionize all major industries (Education, Health, Business etc).


Once you understand the blockchain technology and see how it can change the way we do business and live, acceptance comes. It is faster, cheaper, can cut out the middlemen and gives everyone more control over their life. Mainly it recreates trust between individuals, businesses, institutions and countries throughout the world.

Now it is Jan 2018, and I can no longer ignore Bitcoin and the Blockchain. I wake up thinking about how the technology can improve the life of every single person on this planet.

Presently I am a passionate promoter of helping baby boomers and seniors learn all about the blockchain and cryptocurrencies so they too can partake in the benefits of this new technology. The future is very bright indeed, if power can be taken from the few. Lately I was astounded to hear that the 8 richest men on this earth own the same wealth as the 3,600,000,000 poorest.

First Course of M.Sc.- U of Nicosia


Earn credit in the Introductory Course (MOOC 9) “Introduction to Digital Currencies” leading to an M. Sc. in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. A thirteen-week long, online course consisting of notes, readings, quizzes, discussion forums, weekly lectures by Andreas Antonopoulos & Antonis Polemitis, and a final exam.

A study group of those taking the course will meet in Edmonton on Sunday afternoons (1 to 4 PM) starting Feb18 to review the week’s work/readings; hear individual presentations; provide mutual motivation; and discuss opportunities for investment in blockchain technologies such as Bitcoin.


Starts on Feb 12, 2018 and ends on May 13, 2018. When I first took the course (MOOC 8) in the fall of 2017 I started 4 weeks late and worked every day to catch up so I could write the final exam on Dec. 3, 2017. With very little knowledge of Digital Currencies and no knowledge of the Blockchain, I achieved a mark of 86.5%.


All online and at your own convenience. You can either watch the live lectures online on Fridays at 6PM Nicosia time (9AM Edmonton time) or replays on YouTube.

Group meetings will be held at a mutually agreed to location in Edmonton (i.e. U of A) on Sundays (1 to 4PM) starting Feb 18, 2018.


Completion of the course provides knowledge and skills to better participate in the opportunities arising from disruption to major industries including; banking, real estate, supply chains, health, education, government etc.


Take this accredited course for free that, along with your admissibility to the University of Nicosia’s M. Sc. degree program, can give you entry to the 9 course Digital Currencies Program. If you enroll, please be sure to contact through the participants list. As of Feb 10, 2018 there are 4,714 registered for the course.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – MSc in Digital Currency
1. How do I register for the free MOOC?
Please see Register Today – MSc in Digital Currency. In the “Interested In”
field, choose “DFIN 511(Free MOOC)”

2. How do I register for the MSc Digital Currency?
You’ve already registered for the MOOC since you’re reading this. You can
complete your application, using the same username and password as here,
and continue on to the MSC, in the Degree Applicant login

3. What does the MOOC include, and which parts are free?
Please see refer to the Course Outline, as posted in the platform. The whole
MOOC is free for everyone. Follow the course calendar and announcements,
for specific times and dates of delivered material, live sessions times and
methods of participation.

4. Where do I find admission information, and what are the admission
Please see Admissions – University of Nicosia.

5. How do I find more information on the MSc Digital Currency?
Please see the MSc Digital Currency – About the Program.

6. Where do I find a calendar of the live sessions and/or course
Please make sure you are signed in on the MOOC website and enrolled in the
DFIN-511 course. The live sessions’ schedule will appear in the main course’s page and on the calendar.

7. How do I watch a previous session recording? You can find previous MOOC recordings through our YouTube channel here. Recordings of the current MOOC will be displayed in the main course page.

8. What kinds of certificates will be given to students? Upon successful completion of the course (see the next question for eligibility criteria) students will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment

9. What are the certification requirements? The requirements for a Certificate of Accomplishment is successful completion of the final exam at or over 60%.

10. In which formats (i.e. print, digital, etc.) will certifications be given?
Certificates will be given only in α digital form (pdf, but maybe subject to
change according to blockchain based method used).

BLOCKCHAIN at 2018 World Economic Conference in Davos

At the January 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland the #2 most used word was “Blockchain”. To guess what #1 was, just think of a person whose name starts with “T” and gets the most attention where ever he goes.

The Blockchain has the power to create trust through the use of math based protocols, rather than 3rd parties (middle men), and in so doing will have a enormous impact on our life. It will become an even more important word in 2018 as it creates trust and hope for all human beings.

This multi-generational website provides beginners with an opportunity to learn more about Blockchain technology and just how it will effect industry, institutions, organization and our daily life.

Dan Tapscott who, with his son (Alex), in 2017 launched the “BLOCKCHAIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE”  in Toronto, has posted two short interviews he held in Davos (2017 & 2018) on You Tube. They give his down-to-earth view of the technology and how it will affect human-kind in the coming years.

2017 DAVOS Interview

2018 DAVOS Interview

I am presently reading Don & Alex Tapscott’s “Blockchain Revolution” (2016) – a non academic introduction to Blockchain Technology and will be writing a review for this website in a future blog.

Don points out that a short time ago telephone companies made humongous profits from providing long distance telephone calls, which are all now available on Skype for FREE. What will be the result when the banks can no longer gain humongous profits for transferring money around the world, when the blockchain and cryptocurrencies will do it for pennies?