Bitcoin the Cryptocurrency featured in the Science Fiction TV series Almost Human


This article explains and speculates about the existence of Bitcoin in Almost Human. If you are unsure of what the TV series is about and want to know before learning about the aforementioned, please click “What’s Almost Human?” on the navigation bar (or click there).

If you are unsure what some story terminology means, please reference the bottom of the article for definitions (or click there). Available terminology will be highlighted blue as a URL link to this same page, at the location of definitions.

As Almost Human is set a decades into the future, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has become a widely spread and well recognized currency. Bitcoin exchanges have opened up on the streets, becoming commonplace just like banks. Rather than what has been seen as the potential to replace the standard currency of a nation, Bitcoin operates parallel the United States dollar.

At least this is the situation that can be derived. While the characters do state the value of some things, they never denote the actual currency it is in. Because of this it is possible to a minor degree that in fact all of the currency in Almost Human is in Bitcoin, but is instead valued in comparable amounts to what we – as an audience – are assumedly familiar with. However it is presumed that Almost Human has a standard currency alongside Bitcoin, as the value attributed is spoken as if it is in United States dollars or the United Kingdom pound; like an estimated 50,000 in the episode “Arrhythmia”.

Almost Human does feature emerging technology in our present, such as 3D printers, artificial intelligence, and holographic technology. This technology is extrapolated as to the path it will take, which includes the presence of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. As of yet in the TV series, no other cryptocurrency has been mentioned. This is likely the case because Bitcoin has been mentioned and shown in a similar vein to other topics that make up the stuff of the background to Almost Human’s world. There has not been an episode dedicated to the cryptocurrency, and so its full evolution in the future world of Almost Human has not been fully revealed.

Almost Human isn’t the type of show that freely gives information about non-crucial aspects to the storyline, as what is showcased does not wander too far. This gives for a superior style of storytelling, as it casts a more realistic belief and gives it a greater depth. It piques the curiosity of the viewer, with the hope that certain, more unique topics will be one day explained. The characters are wrapped up in their own lives and struggles, and admittedly Kennex is a fair amount dysfunctional as a person. There neither is any reason for the characters to explain more about Bitcoin, without an episode focusing on it, as there is no character that is unaccustomed to the world enough that would need to know such a thing. For example, someone with amnesia would need that explained.

However the importance of Bitcoin’s presence in the world of Almost Human is greater than would be at a glance, precisely because it has a purpose and role in the story. Bitcoin, while also an alternative currency, is treated as an untraceable, anonymous and discrete form of currency. Literally the main characters claim Bitcoin as untraceable when they discover a Bitcoin Stick lying next to a victim’s body, as she had intended to use it before she died. I would elaborate, but I do not want to spoil the show for anyone.


Almost Human was a mainstream TV series with several million views per episode, which furthermore was aired on Fox. This is a major source of exposure to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency as a whole, even though the show only lasted for one season and Bitcoin retains a minor role. It differentiates itself from exposure on a news outlet as Bitcoin has become imbedded in popular entertainment, additionally increasing the reach of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency’s name. It neither is a source of criticism, debate or even sensationalism for Bitcoin, as it would be on a news outlet.

Instead it is an imagined realization as to what Bitcoin would be like in the future, and specifically in the future of Almost Human. This suggests that Bitcoin has gained enough traction to be a considered prospect for a currency used by the general public within the next few decades. Usually in such a genre as science fiction, a currency typically called credits would be used, which is essentially a type of electronic currency. Sometimes science fiction games, shows, or books have a different spin on ‘credits’, but credits are so commonplace that it is considered a trope.

Perhaps if Almost Human was released a year or two earlier, the show would not feature Bitcoin in it, as Bitcoin has gained more significant traction in the recent years with its incremental scale in value.

But because of the show’s nature, being a science fiction crime drama, Bitcoin may be cast into a darker light. The natural opposition to the main characters of the police force are of course criminals, and therefor the plots tend to revolve around theft and murder. What the main characters encounter are primarily this, and so this is how Bitcoin is brought up, with ties and roles in crime. Since Bitcoin is utterly untraceable in the show, it is a major deterrent to direct investigation – i.e. following where the money went.

That is a portion of the theme to Almost Human; that technology has elevated to a scale and scope to be an obstacle and barrier to investigative forces when deployed illegally.

On the other hand, a Bitcoin exchange’s recording footage of outside their building facilitated in catching a criminal the main characters, Kennex and Dorian, were after. This serves to establish Bitcoin as more deeply entrenched in the world, and a part of it.

Wallets and Bitcoin Sticks

It is truly possible it is a more regular occurrence to make use of Bitcoin in Almost Human, considering the supreme ease of use the wallets appear to have. The wallets in Almost Human take the form of rectangular sticks of dark blue or grey, similar to a USB stick. The characters refer to the wallet as a **Bitcoin Stick**. Whenever Bitcoin has ever been found in any physical form in the show, it has been found as a Bitcoin Stick. From being locked in a bank deposit box, to being used to transfer bitcoins easily.


As to how exactly bitcoins are transferred in the show, it is not elaborated. You see that one of the police officers touches the upper end of his Bitcoin Stick to another Bitcoin Stick of a homeless man, and that evidently transfers a sum of money. The bars that run perpendicular on the Bitcoin Stick’s surface could be indicative of how filled the Bitcoin Stick is, but it’s not like there is exactly a limit as to how large a wallet could be, aside from possessing every single bitcoin in existence – which is incredibly infeasible in the time setting Almost Human is in.

The ways in which Bitcoin is featured in the show aren’t all negative though. As described with the Bitcoin Stick, one of the main characters does donate funds to a homeless man. Perhaps this is a reference to the sometimes charitable side of cryptocurrency, or the possible superior form of security in that situation. It might be more inconspicuous to transfer Bitcoin to another wallet, than to hand a wad of cash to a homeless man on the outside of a shelter, which would make him a target for theft. You neither would know how much money was given. It could even be that Almost Human has no currency but Bitcoin at all, but we cannot know for sure unless the creators confirm it – which they have not, and sadly will be unlikely to.

  • Does each Bitcoin have a claimed value in the future of Almost Human?

From the information gleaned in the TV show it’s impossible to say the value of each individual bitcoin has. Whenever anyone refers to the amount of Bitcoin, they usually say it in a broad number much like the United States Dollar. Whether this is to avoid needless and obtrusive complication to the audience, or is just referencing the value in equivalence to the standard currency of the nation or city is unknown unfortunately.

Could it be that Bitcoin is only seen as fictional?

It could be said that Bitcoin is being showcased alongside potential future technologies like artificial intelligence powered androids and holographic interface computers, and is thus considered parallel to those futuristic and seemingly out of reach technologies. Would that influence people to feel Bitcoin is more fiction than reality, or is the result here really the pull of feeling more connected to the show? This draw might be similar to identifying with a character who has the same gender or similar past as you, such as a police officer identifying with Kennex. With Bitcoin, it could have the cause of feeling more connected with the show, and identify with it more.

Perhaps anyone who grows curious about Bitcoin from the show may in turn establish that bond between the show and themselves, and clearly anyone already familiar and interested in Bitcoin should also be more intrigued in similar cadence.

And yet it could have the potential side effect of engraining the mild belief that Bitcoin is a thing of fiction, and purely that, if a person is introduced to Bitcoin from Almost Human alone. That could be worrying for the general consensus of Bitcoin, but hopefully that is an improbable outcome for a viewer.

What’s Almost Human?


Almost Human is a science fiction and crime drama TV series that takes place in the not too distant future of 2048. Broadcasted on Fox, the several million views it has per aired episode establishes it as a mainstream TV show. Almost Human is a relatively recent series, as it first aired on the 16th of November, 2013.

On the show are strong elements of heightened and advanced technology, reaching from synthetic to biological. Science fiction shows can be a tad notorious for skimping on the special effects, but Almost Human definitely doesn’t. Your suspension of belief is not impeded by their visualization of futuristic technology.

And yet because of how far science and technology have gone, it has inflamed criminal activity to a rate of four hundred percent. Almost Human’s premise takes a turn that the advantages and possibilities of these futuristic devices allow for criminals to be all the more effective and creative in their aims, with a proficient black market fueling the fire. This result is instead of the contrasting tightened regulation taking place in society, with a more totalitarian government. It’s not that they don’t try, but there is no ubiquitous iron grip and themes of tension towards the government are absent.


In direct response to this prevalent outbreak of crime, the police force enlist combat designed androids alongside every human police officer. These police androids take on the likeness of humans, under the model of MX. There are only a few variations in their appearance, and so there are three different ‘faces’ for the whole line of MX models. The MX androids are logic based, offering little companionship or equivalence to their human partner officers, but have heightened strength and defenses befitting their synthetic bodies. As the MX androids are rooted in logic, they analyze crime scenes and situations with their internal crime scene laboratory and statistical and probability calculations in conjunction with their detailed scanners and pervasive wireless access. Lacking any emotional emulation, they serve as partners to every human officer, and obey their commands. They essentially have no sense of individuality, and tend to be referenced as Synthetic. Though each MX android is of immense expense to replace, they put themselves in harm’s way in place of human police officers.

However this android line of defense had a previous, and radically different edition, named the DRN. The DRN series of androids had an opposing form of function to the MX series, as they behaved and reacted just like humans, instead of coldly logical like a walking, militarized database like the MX series are. Similarly the DRN androids were partners to human detectives, serving a similar role that the MX androids do in the present. They were presumably treated more like companions, but there is scarce information about the period of time in which the DRN were still enlisted officers.

The DRN androids are based on a synthetic soul operating system, as this is what grants the DRN emotions. There was an apparent flaw in their system though, that caused them to become unstable. It was alluded to be something like an emotional breakdown, but the true nature of what happened has remained quiet. All of the DRN androids were decommissioned, only for some of them to be reactivated and delegated to simple mechanical repair positions. Though the DRN androids are considered to be obsolete, aside from their emotional instabilities, they share similar scanning and database capabilities as the MX androids, while they are further driven by their personalities, acting intuitive and enterprising.


One of the two main characters of Almost Human is one such DRN android that goes by the name of Dorian. He too was decommissioned just like the rest of the DRN line, but was recently rebooted and restored to be reinstated as a police officer, for the purpose of partnering with the unruly and gruff John Kennex. If it wasn’t for John Kennex’s unique needs, Dorian may have never been given a second chance and remained in storage, gathering dust as a pile of parts beneath a remarkably human looking skin.


John Kennex didn’t take well to his government mandated MX android, and after an accident befalling said android, Kennex was assigned Dorian, the DRN android. Kennex recently overcame the aftermath of an investigation gone so wrong that he fell into a coma that lasted more than a year from the explosion. He suffers from PTSD, among other mental problems relating to this incident, and a severe dissociation with his synthetic limb as he lost part of his leg in the explosion.

But with all of Kennex’s turmoil, he is a devoted and driven detective, who isn’t against not exactly going by the book to do what needs to be done. Dorian and Kennex reluctantly form an unlikely bond together as the show progresses, wading into darker secrets and tumultuous mysteries.

Where is the show now?

Even without the inclusion of Bitcoin to Almost Human, it is a solid and riveting show that strays from the average form and is very worth the time to watch. Unfortunately the viewer total just barely did not beat out another TV show running on the FOX networks, and Almost Human was subsequently cancelled after just one season of air time. Fox is indeed notorious for culling short their TV shows, especially those featuring an array of special effects of the science fiction style, so despite Almost Human’s underdog popularity it still was dropped.

If another network does not pick up Almost Human, be it an online platform like Netflix or not, Almost Human may go the way of Firefly, the beloved cult hit Sci Fi show.


Unsure of what a word meant in this article? Definitions below. They are ordered in the appearance they have in the article.


  • Spoiler**: an intentional or unintentional revealment of information specific to the plot of a given story, that is said to have the effect of ‘ruining’ the story for someone who has yet to read or watch the form of entertainment. Hence, spoiler or spoil. This can be as drastic as the infamous ‘Snape kills Dumbledore’ for a diehard fan of the Harry Potter series or as negligible as what a character had for breakfast the next book or episode. Spoilers are highly subjective as to how recent or current the material is. Something that would have been considered a spoiler one year, likely no longer will be a few years later, except to a minor audience.


  • Trope**: a commonly employed enough convention that it becomes easily recognizable and quickly understandable to the reader or viewer. This can be a character archetype, a story twist, a story element, and similar. However a trope is not a cliché, as cliché is obstructive to the story enough to be considered in poor skill, or just disinteresting to the viewer or reader.

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Article by: Vehement Chrome

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