The Year 2014, in One Ridiculous Photo

The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Feb. 25 2014 5:46 PM

The Year 2014, in One Ridiculous Photo

Mt Gox protesters Kolin Burges and Aaron, Tokyo
"OK Glass, find me the nearest bankruptcy lawyer."

Toru Hanai / Reuters

When we look back on 1975, we think of bell-bottoms, Pet Rocks, and the Bee Gees on 8-track. What will spring to mind when, 40 years from now, we reflect nostalgically on the year 2014? It's hard to say for sure, but "self-styled cryptocurrency traders demonstrating outside of Mt. Gox headquarters with Google Glass, a MacBook, and a messenger bag because they lost their virtual money" is not a terrible guess.

The man on the left told the AP he had some $320,000 tied up in the exchange. "It hasn't shaken my trust in Bitcoin," he clarified, "but it has shaken my trust in bitcoin exchanges."

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An even better version of this photo—one for the ages, really—is here.

Hat tip: Tom Gara

Previously in Slate:

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