Eric Mockensturm is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Eric's passion for computers and technology is evident through his development of iOS applications such as Polywords. This passion pushed Eric to become more involved in the "mining" of bit coins. The mining of this digital currency has the enormous potential to impact our economy by providing an open-source project for currency used all over the world. Bit coins have been somewhat controversial in their existence. Eric will delve into the implications of the digital currency's future.
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