John McAfees' words echoed through the halls of the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. The several hundreds of us that had gathered together on the 20th September were hanging on to his every word.
McAfee had perfectly captured the crypto enthusiasts' sentiment. Blockchain technology has begun to erode governments' control over money and will continue to do so. These governments has responded by lashing out in a form of crypto inquisition that parallels the American prohibition. We also learned that many bitcoin exchange executives were not allowed to leave China amidst the recent regulation rulings. Surprisingly, McAfee's comments did not encourage fear, but inspired a strong sense of community among the crowd. He walked off the stage to a thunderous applause.
Shape the Future also provided insights into an alternative view of Bitcoin not shaped by the mainstream r/bitcoin pages at Reddit. Both Jihan Wu and Roger Ver shared the view that the mainstream bitcoin media has been censoring any views that opposes that of bitcoin core and blockstream. Both speeches revolved around the strength of the larger block sizes in Bitcoin cash which makes it better for scaling. Lastly, they believed that the cryptomarkets were highly competitive and that the main reason why bitcoin had been losing market share to altcoins was because of the high transaction fees combined with the slow confirmation times for bitcoin transfers.