Michael J. Casey

Michael J. Casey


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Michael Casey outlines a sweeping vision of how new technologies are empowering people, upending business models, and radically redefining society. 




Michael works as an educator and advisor at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Sloan School of Business Management. 



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Public Speaker

Michael Casey is an accomplished and sought-after public speaker. His extensive experience includes talks at Google, CES, Money 20/20, TEDx and Consensus.

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Michael is the highly acclaimed author of five books on finance, social media, and cultural history. His latest, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything, was published by St. Martin’s Press in February, 2018.


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In addition to his work at MIT, Michael is the Chairman of the advisory board at CoinDesk, where he also writes a weekly column. Before joining MIT, he spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, working variously as a reporter, bureau chief, managing editor and columnist. 



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CoinDesk Column

May 30, 2018

'Layer 2' Blockchain Tech Is an Even Bigger Deal Than You Think

Welcome to the "Layer 2" era.

We are now entering an exciting new phase of blockchain development in which the lightning network and other programming solutions that operate "on top" of existing blockchains promise big strides in scalability, interoperability and functionality.


May 28, 2018

Amid Chaos, Our Decentralized Future Is Being Built

The crypto markets may be redefining the nature of investment booms, speeding up the entire process of speculation, correction, retrenchment and recovery.


May 21, 2018

Crypto Tribalism Is Holding Back Blockchain

A more united front among all who believe in blockchain tech's sweeping potential could help ensure a more constructive legal environment.


May 7, 2018 

3D Printing Could Be Blockchain's True Game-Changer

Combined with other emerging tech, blockchain could enable a new paradigm of decentralized, on-demand production and realign global economic power.




March 1, 2018

Goodbye to Accountants?

My first job out of university was as an accountant, an auditor to be precise, at what was then known as Deloitte Haskins & Sells, in my hometown of Perth. Oh God, did I hate that job! One year in, I quit, grabbed a backpack and took off for Europe and, later, Southeast Asia, and eventually became what I'd always wanted to be: a writer. The wandering triggered by that visceral reaction never really stopped.


Nov 10, 2016

Ode to a Macbook, Reluctantly

I post this drab photo, not because I’m an Apple groupie (far from it), but because as I sat down for a lonesome meal at Le Meridien MIT — after two months of travel that included Sao Paulo, Lausanne, Salt Lake City, Marrakesh and Nevis, as well as my regular shuttle between NY and Cambridge — I realized how irrevocably tied to these thin, transportable rectangles we itinerant knowledge workers are. There are ten people at this restaurant right now and five of us have our laptops open. (A couple more have their iPhones in hand, but my guess is they are not working, at least not with the same intensity. Lucky them.) Depressing? Liberating?

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