聽讀英文 – 人文與社會:比特幣:數位貨幣的神秘 Bitcoin: The Enigma of Digital Currency (音)|貝塔語測
聽讀英文 – 人文與社會:比特幣:數位貨幣的神秘 Bitcoin: The Enigma of Digital Currency (音)

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By  Quentin Brand

Script 閱讀文本

In the realm of modern finance, one name reigns supreme: Bitcoin. This digital currency has captured the imagination of investors, technologists, and everyday users alike since its inception. But what exactly is Bitcoin, and why does it hold such allure? 

At the heart of the Bitcoin saga lies a mystery. Its creator, who goes by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, remains shrouded in anonymity. Despite numerous investigations and theories, Nakamoto’s true identity remains elusive. Some speculate that it may be the work of a single individual, while others suggest it could be a group effort. Regardless, Nakamoto’s anonymity adds an aura of intrigue to Bitcoins narrative, fueling curiosity and speculation about the motivations behind its creation. 

Bitcoin operates on a decentralized network known as blockchain. Think of blockchain as a digital ledger that records all transactions across a vast network of computers. Each transaction is verified and added to a “block” by miners, who solve complex mathematical puzzles to confirm the validity of the transaction. Once a block is verified, it is added to the existing chain, creating a chronological and immutable record of transactions. But what sets Bitcoin apart is its revolutionary concept of digital scarcity. Unlike traditional currencies controlled by central authorities like governments or banks, Bitcoin is decentralized. There’s no central authority controlling its supply, issuance, or distribution. Instead, new Bitcoins are created through a process called mining, where miners compete to solve complex mathematical puzzles. This process not only verifies transactions but also releases new Bitcoins into circulation at a predictable rate, mimicking the scarcity of precious metals like gold. 

One of the most intriguing aspects of Bitcoin is its paradoxical combination of anonymity and transparency. While Bitcoin transactions are pseudonymous, meaning they are recorded on the blockchain under cryptographic addresses rather than real names, the entire transaction history is publicly available for anyone to view. This transparency ensures the integrity of the system while providing users with a degree of privacy. 

However, its essential to note that Bitcoins anonymity is not absolute. While it offers privacy to a certain extent, its not entirely immune to scrutiny. Sophisticated techniques and tools can be used to trace transactions back to their origins, making it challenging but not impossible to remain anonymous. 

As Bitcoin continues to gain traction, its impact extends far beyond the realm of finance. Advocates praise its potential to democratize access to financial services, empower individuals in the digital economy, and challenge the existing financial infrastructure. Critics, on the other hand, raise concerns about its volatility, regulatory uncertainty, and environmental impact due to energy-intensive mining operations. Regardless of where one stands on the Bitcoin debate, its rise marks a significant milestone in the evolution of money and technology. Whether it fulfills its promise as the currency of the future or remains a speculative asset subject to market whims, one thing is certain: Bitcoin has forever changed the way we think about money, anonymity, and the power of decentralized networks. And as we navigate the uncharted waters of this digital frontier, one can’t help but wonder what the future holds for the enigmatic creation of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Translation 中文翻譯
比特幣故事的核心是一個謎。它的創造者以假名「中本聰 (Satoshi Nakamoto)」而聞名,但他的真實身份仍然神秘。儘管進行了許多調查和理論推測,但中本聰的真實身份仍然難以捉摸。有人推測它可能是單一個人的作品,而有人則認為可能是一個團隊的努力。無論如何,中本聰的匿名為比特幣的敘事增添了神秘感,助長了對其創造動機的好奇和猜測。 
※ Quentin老師閱讀文本外,另有補充對於本篇主題的個人觀點與讀者分享,請仔細聆聽,並思考自己的想法。※
In the last paragraph, you will see the phrase ‘gain traction’. This phrase means something is gaining in popularity. We use it to describe things that are becoming more widely used and available. Here are some more sentences with the phrase. 
‘The new smartphone model has started to gain traction among consumers due to its innovative features and sleek design.’ 
‘The concept of sustainable living has been gaining traction in recent years as people become more aware of environmental issues.’
在最後一段中,你會看到片語「gain traction」,意指某事物正在變得越來越受歡迎。我們用它來描述那些正在變得更廣泛使用和可得到的事物。以下是一些含有此片語的句子: 
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Q1: What is the main topic of the article?

A. money

B. the future of money

C. bitcoin


Q2: In the first paragraph what does the word ‘allure’ mean?

A. promise

B. temptation

C. problems


Q3What is the most intriguing aspect of bitcoin?

A. we don’t know who the creator was

B. its combination of transparency and anonymity

C. it’s not like real money

Q1: C Q2: B Q3: B

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