Joseph Bonneau

Ever since he programmed his middle school library’s iMac to blare rap music every morning, Joseph Bonneau has enjoyed using computers in ways they weren’t intended. He’s now a professor at NYU, where he teaches his students about the increasing importance of computers as the enforcers of society’s rules and norms. Bonneau’s recent fascinations have been the incredible potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchains to enforce security automatically, without trusting traditional institutions like governments and courts, as well as the risks of this technology going too far.