Energy, the Environment, and the Economy: A World of Trade-offs and “Money” in the Age of Blockchain and Crypto

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
La Jolla, California

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Energy, the Environment, and the Economy: A World of Trade-offs and “Money” in the Age of Blockchain and Crypto

Will blockchain/token technologies upend everything we know about money and banking, trade, the global payments system, regulation, security, and privacy? How does crypto fit in? A panel of experts will go through today’s tokenized world (crypto currency, Bitcoin, stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, legal tender, anonymity, and investment markets) and debate the key issues: Are these all money? A payments system? A legal contracts-documentation system? A surveillance system? A way of tracking both goods and payments in the global supply chain? A speculative store of value competing with gold, art, and jewels? 

Save the Date to join the Global Interdependence Center on Friday, February 11, 2020 in La Jolla, California as industry and central bank experts gather to answer these questions on digital currency and to discuss the physics of energy and work, measuring the environmental footprint of of an EV versus ICE Vehicle, and more. This conference will feature keynote remarks by Patrick T. Harker, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, among other panel discussions. GIC is delighted to once again partner with the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management to bring our in person programming to our members and friends in California.

 

Conference Themes:

Money in the Age of Crypto

  • Are cryptocurrencies money? Can a decentralized cryptocurrency replace central banks and fiat money? What happens if a central bank gets into the crypto game, providing everyone with a central bank digital currency account?
  • Are cryptocurrencies a cheaper, more efficient payment and record-keeping system? Will they replace today’s credit card and banking system payment giants?
  • Are cryptocurrencies a new speculative asset class? Will they trade, settle, and be regulated like all the other asset classes?

Energy, the Environment, and the Economy: A World of Trade-offs

  • The Physics of Energy and Work: a BTU is a Unit of Work You Don’t Have to Do
    • How energy enabled the Industrial and Technology revolutions that lifted the human health and well-being between 20- to 30-fold
    • Energy sources and uses today; forecasts for tomorrow
    • Can we still grow? How to make trade-offs between the environment and our standard of living?
  • A Case Study: Measuring the Environmental Footprint of an EV versus ICE Vehicle
    • Accounting for all environmental costs, including production, propulsion, and disposal
    • How and who makes the trade-offs in reliability, costs, time, pollution, and energy use

 

Event Location

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Speakers

Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Dr. Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy.

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Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Christopher J. Waller took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on December 18, 2020, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2030.

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Partners

Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego

Sponsors

Allianz Global Investors
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