Why Bitcoin. Why Now?

On January 3rd, 2009, the Bitcoin network began running. It was in part a direct response to the near-collapse of the banking system in 2008 and the bank bailouts that followed, but it was also a breakthrough in technological discovery that was held in contemplation for over 50+ years by computer scientists.

This breakthrough enabled scarcity on the internet through a technology you may have heard of by now known as…