There is a very good reward if you can mine. Say you have a machine that can crack the mine, you get about 30 bitcoins. It is a tough race as anyone that has a very good machine can actually make good money for the 30 bitcoins that are given every now and then.
>> There's plenty of media hype surrounding the currency but nobody really tells you the whole story.
It is not just hype. There is a feeling that Internet needs its own type of currency and Bitcoin offers a platform for a true universal currency. The concept of net neutrality should apply to currency as nations cannot suddenly devalue their currency to hurt anyone. Bitcoin offers freedom from govt and that is the fun.