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About the Episode
Cody Wilson. 30 years old. Law school dropout. About five years ago, on a lark, he decided to create world’s first 3D printable gun. Succeeded. Media went NUTS.
Defense Distributed, his website, was effectively shut down. The State Department said that having downloadable gun files violated international arms law. Wilson complied.
Wilson would later take the fight directly to the federal government. He sued them. He basically lost all early court challenges. But feds feared he would ultimately win. Based his case on 1st and 2nd amendments.
The Feds cut a deal with Wilson this year. He was allowed to have files for download on his site. Now states are getting into the act.
This all relates back to blockchain and bitcoin. Really.
About the Hosts
C. Edward Kelso
C. Edward Kelso has written hundreds of articles as a journalist covering a range of topics from international finance, regulation, to cryptocurrency philosophy, interviews with luminaries, and book reviews. He is a longtime journalist focusing on financial technology, with a particular emphasis on global political structures and their influence.
Being based in San Diego, California USA allows him to experience binational economic arrangements (Mexico and the United States mostly) alongside a local hub of technology sector businesses -- from genomics to mobile phones.
Matt Aaron has been podcasting since 2013, when he launched the Food Startups Podcast.
He recently found a second love in cryptocurrency and blockchain and hasn't looked back.
His first major investment into cryptocurrency was the money he made betting on (but not voting for) that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election.
Matt believes that public blockchains and cryptocurrencies are the solution to the many problems exposed of the current banking system in the 2008 financial crisis.