he residents of assisted living homes in The Preston Of The Park Cities are hungry to learn about the new technology, and it seems like a perfect fit for their needs. When they asked 21-year-old Owen Robertson if he could hold an informative course on crypto, NFT, and the Metaverse from scratch, he never expected how quickly these smart people would pick up everything related to the complex topic.
When he was approached to put together a class, the Quai Network marketing associate, board member of the Mccombs blockchain initiative, and guest lecturer at the University of Texas stated that he was more than pleased to help.
"Unless their grandchildren tell them about it, a senior living community has almost no exposure to the cryptocurrency ecosystem."
The 21-year-old discovered that residents were mainly quiet throughout the lecture as they started learning about an industry that even experts struggle to keep up with. Still, in the end, he was impressed with how quickly some attendees picked up on the complex topics:
"At the end, I got some thought-provoking questions from residents who wanted to learn more about the technology, which was fantastic to see."
The idea for a lecture on crypto, NFTs, and the Metaverse is relatively new to their lineup. They have offered various activities through the Watermark University program, such as knitting, music, therapy, traditional exercise/fitness, gardening, and yoga Tai Chi meditation, but this time around, they are adding something special - A talk about cryptocurrencies!
According to Debra Dickerson, director of Community Life at The Preston at Park Cities, one of the main goals was to help residents improve their overall digital security.
"We wanted to bring in an expert to give them a basic understanding of these concepts while also making them aware of the dangers that technology can bring, how to identify internet scams that prey on seniors, and how to improve overall digital security."
Robertson stated that he wanted to run the course because he knew senior citizens are frequently "extremely vulnerable to scams."
"So I wanted to make sure that, before discussing the positives in later sessions, I covered all of the negatives, such as the numerous hacks and exploits that have occurred over the years," Robertson explained.
"After hearing the lecture and my recommendations, the residents concluded that the risk outweighed the potential benefits," he added.
Twitter reaction was divided
The reactions on Twitter were largely polarized, with some people feeling that Robertson had taken advantage of the senior citizens while others defended him.
Despite what the crypto community has said about the course, Robertson says the residents appear eager to learn more.
"The residents appear to be very interested and are looking forward to participating in the next two classes taking place this summer," Robertson said, adding that he's already been asked to teach two more classes, delving into more specific topics like the history of Bitcoin (BTC), NFTs, and the Metaverse:
As a bonus, attendees will receive their own NFT of the selfie taken in the first lesson.