1994-02-19 - RE: MONEY: cryptocash is transaction money

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From: Chris Knight <cknight@crl.com>
To: Pat Farrell <pfarrell@netcom.com>
Message Hash: 71446d20cb4706abb7c43a9c3fbfc62822cba898e9b467102baf656bb7810944
Message ID: <Pine.3.87.9402190906.A8497-0100000@crl.crl.com>
Reply To: <42900.pfarrell@netcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-02-19 17:41:12 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 19 Feb 94 09:41:12 PST

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From: Chris Knight <cknight@crl.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 94 09:41:12 PST
To: Pat Farrell <pfarrell@netcom.com>
Subject: RE: MONEY: cryptocash is transaction money
In-Reply-To: <42900.pfarrell@netcom.com>
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On Sat, 19 Feb 1994, Pat Farrell wrote:

> I've been following the digital money issues here for quite some time,
> and I do not understand this distinction at all. Sandy said essentially the
> same thing in different words, and that too was beyond me.
> Except for tangible money (i.e. 99.99% pure gold coins) I don't see that
> any money is anything other than a mutially agreed upon way of moving
> "barter tokens" between folks. Sometime the government (or Fed) can define
> the true value of the barter tokens, and othertimes their attempts fail.
> When the attempt fail, the usual course is to have a "devaluation" that
> reflects market realities.
> I don't see how digital money is fundamentally different than
> private bank notes that were common in the US in the last century. They are
> good if they are accepted, and useless if not.
> If this is really a critical distinction, since I don't see it, I'd
> appreciate a more concrete explaination.

  It may or may not be a critical distinction...  Do you consider a check 
to be "money"?  Or is it exchangable for money?  Does a wire transfer 
count as money, or is it simply a transfer of funds from one account to 

  I don't see CypherBucks as true money.  It to me is a secure means of 
transferring cash from one account to another.  If you see a chech as 
money, I am pretty sure you won't agree with me.

  A check in itself is almost useless until rendered to a bank.  It is 
not legal tender.  You can't use a third party check at the store.  You 
can only deposit (transfer funds) or cash it (exchange for legal 
tender).  CypherBucks will probably go the same way.  If you issue me a 
transfer token, I won't be able to pass it off to Sandy since she won't 
be able to validate it's value, only the CypherBank will; so there will 
be no third party CypherBucks.  This brings it a little farther from 
legal tender.

  Of course, this is just my $ 0.01  It's too early on a saturday to put 
in a full 2 cents!