Podcast: David Birch on CBDCs and the “currency Cold War”

David Birch is an author, adviser and commentator on digital financial services. We talked about the potential and future of digital currencies.

David Birch is the author of Identity is the New Money; Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us; and The Currency Cold War: Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony.

We talked about:

  • what the “Currency Cold War” is and how we got here;
  • the wholesale, retail and machine use cases for CBDCs and the benefits for the average user;
  • privacy concerns and banking the unbanked;
  • how more people can be involved in the conversation and whether this is a once-in-a-generation payments shift;
  • where we’re at right now developing a CBDC in the UK and the timeline compared to other countries;
  • bitcoin and other cryptos – are these more than speculative assets?;
  • how stablecoins can be regulated;
  • the biggest challenges with digital identity; and
  • payments in the Metaverse.

A transcript for this podcast is available here.