To celebrate April Fool’s Day, I made a Youtube video on The Blockchain and why it’s like Numberwang. I also made a website where your computer plays a simplified version of Blockchain Numberwang.
This video is lightly adapted from the talk I recorded for SIGBOVIK 2018, a conference at Carnegie Mellon that “simultaneously scorches (for its pointless navel–gazing) and celebrates (for its pointless navel–gazing) academia.” I wrote (in one sitting all after my bedtime) a paper for SIGBOVIK, “That’s Numberwangcoin,.” It’s pretty half-baked, but I may continue fleshing out the terrible ideas from that paper in future videos. I should say that I’m pretty skeptical bitcoin/cryptocurrency/blockchain is solving important problems, but there are interesting or at least fun ideas in computer science that can be explained in the context of all this mess.
By the way, while the video credits Justin Warren with the origin of this joke, as he remembers it he got the joke from here:
used for the blockchain. We still have no idea what it does. However, GPUs and ASICs are still screaming Numberwang at one another to make buttcoiners "money" they cannot exchange for any of the accepted scrips. Their incessant mining also causes mini brown outs every couple
— Cryptocurrency Trillionaire AnCap Eevee (@ComradeEevee) February 28, 2018
Also, I did some Twitter searches, and the joke is much, much older:
Bitcoin is just real life Numberwang.
— Chris Walker (@atallman) April 23, 2013
Is Twitter like blockchain, but for one-liners?