Did Thomas Edison Invent Bitcoin?Submitted by Chris Chipshotski on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:31
In 1921, Thomas Edison invented a decentralized alternative to the Fed, now known as the Edison Dollar. Here's a PDF on the Edison Dollar, and the video on bitcoin that popped up as an advertisement on my 2nd favorite cooking show, Tim's Kitchen Tips.
Also, a book called Harvesting Gold: Thomas Edison's Experiment to Re-Invent American Money appears to have good reviews, and there's a free look-inside.
"The untold story of how Thomas Edison, America's most celebrated inventor, tried to create an entirely new system of U.S. currency as a way of addressing social problems and stabilizing his nation's economy. Written and researched by economist David L. Hammes, this fascinating account draws on previously unpublished material from the Edison archives, including correspondence between the inventor and the foremost economic theorists and businessmen of his day. The appendix includes Edison's original proposal for reinvention of American money as well as relevant economic data."