Bean There Made The News…..Bitbarista Features on the BBC

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Colleagues from ECA's Centre for Design Informatics recently attended the RGS-IB Annual International Conference, where there was one particular digital device which caught the eye of a BBC reporter.
 
The conference, which attracted more than 1,600 delegates from around the world, was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London.  The theme of this year's event was 'Decolonizing Geographical Knowledges:  opening geography out to the world.'
 
The sub theme of 'New Digital Geographies' was a perfect fit to further showcase the Bitbarista, the Centre's hacked Bitcoin coffee machine - which was developed by Ella Tallyn, Larissa Pschetz and Rory Gianni, and was designed to explore the perceptions of value transactions using a novel Internet of Things device.
 
Journalist Gareth Mitchell from the BBC, interviewed Design Informatics Research Associate Ella Tallyn about the Bitbarista.  You can listen to her making the case for 'autonomous economic agents' such as the Bitbarista on the link below:
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstxkx
 
To find out more about the Bitbarista itself and Bitcoin, click on the following link:
 
http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/30037134/Submitted.pdf