I think you have the right mentality, spv. All the best in your new endeavors. Pursue the privatized applications that Digital Ledger Technology has to offer, not the speculative currency casino
One critisism about you're google/fb/Amazon etc example; If you don't know the VC capital firm In-q-tel, you should look into it.
Alright, in the interest of full disclosure and at the risk of being labeled a conspiracy nut. I feel like I should fully explain my resistance to digital currency and bitcoin. It started with an interview I saw back in 2007.
Anybody ever heard of Aaron Russo? He was a hot-shot Hollywood producer in the 80s and 90s. He became politically active and made a documentary, Freedom to Fascism. Was recruited by Nick Rockefeller to join the Council on Foreign Relations, CFR. He told the story in an interview, and died shortly thereafter. What was revealed in that interview, among other things, was the elite's plan to get everybody implanted with an RFID chip and have all money, accounts, tracking, done through those chips.You all can look it up, if so inclined. Warning: It's pretty chilling, if your not familiar with the material.
So how does this tie-in with cryptography/bitcoin? Going back to 1987, the NSA and MIT had a joint-venture and subsequent white paper "How to make a mint with cryptographic currency" This information can be looked as well, but you'll only find the exoteric story, intended for public consumption.
Fast forward to early 2009, and Satoshi's white paper. Look at the timing
. Right in the middle of the GFC, when smart people are beginning to loose faith in their governments and financial institutions. Bitcoin is introduced quietly, and specifically in and around the underground libertarian/anarcho-capitalist community. Appealing to their desire for a de-centralized, peer to peer way to stick it to the man. Anyway, the point is we were targeted
. That's why it feels like a trap, and I don't want any part of it.
This is prolly all I'll be saying, not interested in taking on all the Bitcoin believers here. If anyone would like to communicate further, please do it pm.