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Moving From Crypto Addresses to QR Codes

A big part of what is keeping us from reaching the masses with crypto currencies like Bitcoin is that they are somewhat tough to understand for the general person. When we use a bank, we simply give our name and address (and usually our ID). When we want to use an ATM or credit card, we simply swipe the card and we are good to go. All of these are relatively simply ways to access funds, and they do not require any technological knowledge. In fact, most people (myself included) do not even understand how any of these systems work. But this is irrelevant because they are simple enough to use that we really do not care how they work as long as they do.

Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are in a different boat because they are more complicated even from the end user's perspective. This pushes for the need to understand what is going on and why everything works the way it does. For people that are not very computer savvy, this creates a pretty big communication barrier. After all, how easy it is to explain all of these concepts to someone who only knows the basics about their computer?

Well, the idea of using QR codes is something that I think can help push the project in the right direction, bringing the masses on board as well. It is something we have been seeing more and more alternative currencies use, and I hope that we really start adopting it big time. When it really comes down to it, it makes the process of sending payments trivial (which is just like a credit card; as mentioned above, we do not know or care why or how it works, as long as it does). Rather than having to go searching for Devcoin addresses, for example, you can simply use a phone to scan a code, then send the right amount to it. Pretty simple!

I would argue that QR codes are still a little difficult for some people, in that not everyone has a smart phone or other device that can utilize them. With that said, we are still progressing in the area of technology and they are a simple mediation between what we have been using and where we need to take things to. While we most definitely still have this pretty big barrier ahead of us, it is still a step in the right direction. I hope that at some point we will end up with crypto currency credit cards, as that would be more along the lines of what we are used to in the real world, but I have doubts about that since not enough merchants are on board yet and the biggest ones (like Wal-Mart and Amazon) are not. If these were to start jumping on the wagon, I think we could push things even further than they have been in the past.

In any case, the way addresses work for crypto currencies is very difficult. They are long and consist of case sensitive letters and numbers. Because of this, we can not simply remember people's addresses to send them funds like we can with other things. We are forced to just save them in our address books, hope that we do not lose them and then send from there instead of through another method. This complicated method of sending funds from one person to another is what is cutting down on the viability of moving to an all digital world. Or at least it is a part of it!

Once we get the QR codes to be a “default” option with new currencies, and we help use those to get more people involved with the crypto currencies, the next step is to make obtaining and selling them easier. Even with an easy way to send and receive funds, if you can not convert them in to fiat there is still a pretty big wall to get over. But regardless, we are on the right track and we are taking it one step at a time!

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