We have already seen people make millions on the currency. We are seeing increasing numbers of people experimenting with living only on Bitcoin for months on end, whilst recording the experience for documentary viewing.You can buy a takeaway in Boston, coffee in London, and even a few cars on Craigslist using Bitcoin. Searches for Bitcoin have rocketed in 2013, with April’s hike and subsequent fall in the Bitcoin price. Last week the first large acquisition of a Bitcoin company was made for SatoshiDice, an online gambling site, for 126,315 BTC (about $11.47 million), by an undisclosed buyer.This rapid growth in awareness and uptake looks set to bitcoin blog continue, if trust in the currency remains strong. Which leads to the second dependency. Government regulation.
Although specifically designed to work independently from Government control, Bitcoin will inevitably be affected by Governments in some way. This must be the case for two reasons.Firstly, to achieve high levels of adoption, Bitcoin will have to be accessible to large numbers of people, and that means spreading beyond the realms of hidden transactions to normal everyday transactions for individuals and businesses. Secondly, these Bitcoin transactions could become a trackable part of people’s taxable wealth, to be declared and regulated alongside any other kind of wealth.The European Union has already declared that Bitcoin is not classed as a Fiat currency, or as money, and as such, will not be regulated in its own right. In the US, the 50 state system and number of bureaucratic bodies involved has inevitably made decisions more difficult, with no consensus reached thus far. Bitcoin is not considered to be money as such, but it is considered to act like money.A thriving Bitcoin market in the US has a more uncertain future for now, and any conclusive legislation in the US could either have a very positive, or a very negative effect on the future of Bitcoin.