06 May '13, 1pm

Will Bitcoin Change How Kids Learn to Count?

Will Bitcoin Change How Kids Learn to Count?

Photo: Hobbies on a Budget /Flickr While some argue that a truly ubiquitous, digital currency is many years from becoming a reality, behaviorally , we’re already well down money’s evolutionary path: credit cards, direct deposits, e-transfers, micro-donations, mobile payments. And now there’s decentralized “cryptocurrency.” Bitcoin has been generating buzz — some would say hype — for a while; in the last few months alone there’s been talk about Bitcoin ATMs, bubbles, ecosystems, miners, and more. But no one has addressed something about Bitcoin that only seems obvious in hindsight: What about its effects on teaching kids to count? How will a generation of kids that grows up on Bitcoin — or some other future iteration of digital currency that eventually becomes the norm — learn math ? It’s not enough to focus only on the financial, political, security, and business implicati...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/05/heres-the-thing-abou...

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