I submitted – #ATA56

I submitted – #ATA56

I just submitted a proposal for a presentation for the 56th conference of the American Translators Association, to be held in Miami in November. The proposal is for a presentation in the Science and Technology track with the title “Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies – Illegal Money or a New Global Payment Option?” Admittedly, the topic is not directly related to translation, but after recently completing the first ever MOOC on digital currencies by an accredited academic institution, I think that it pays to keep informed about a potentially very disruptive technology such as Bitcoin.

Here’s the abstract:

Bitcoin has made headlines recently, as a means to finance illegal activities, as a vehicle for speculation, and as a new global peer-to-peer currency. The idea underlying Bitcoin solves the following problem: How do you prevent someone from spending electronic money more than once WITHOUT a central intermediary? However, the revolutionary concept behind cryptocurrencies has a much larger potential than mere monetary exchange, because this disruptive technology can also be used for applications such as smart contracts or even completely decentralized elections. The talk will give a basic introduction into these ideas. No advanced mathematical or cryptographical knowledge is needed.

I submitted #ATA56

I submitted #ATA56 (Image courtesy of Carolyn Yohn)

Carola F Berger

Website: https://www.cfbtranslations.com

Carola F. Berger is a German-English patent translator with a PhD in physics and a master’s degree in engineering physics. She is ATA certified for translation from German into English and from English into German and owns and operates CFB Scientific Translations LLC. Carola serves as webmaster on the NCTA Board of Directors and is also the Administrator of ATA’s Science and Technology Division.

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