by Adam Taché.

Foreword

This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of the cryptocurrency ecosystem as of Summer 2018.

This includes high-level introductions and discussions on top current and upcoming projects: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Chia, Decred, smart contract platforms (Ethereum, DFINITY, Cosmos, EOS, Filecoin, Rchain, Tezos, Algorand), privacy coins (Zcash, Monero, Grin/MimbleWimble, Mobilecoin), and stablecoin projects (Basis, MakerDAO).

Bitcoin

Overview: Bitcoin is the original decentralized, programmable cryptocurrency and market leader, and was launched in January 2009 by anonymous developer(s) using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s primarily referred to as “sound money” and digital gold; proponents believe it may…


By Murad Mahmudov and Adam Taché.

Foreword

This is a follow-up to The Many Faces of Bitcoin, which discussed four schools of thought of Bitcoin. This article will analyze these perspectives by discussing trade-offs, philosophical divides within the community, and expected behaviors of the proposed systems.

Index

  • Bitcoin as Money
  • Roles of Full Nodes & Miners in Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash
  • Addressing “Satoshi’s Original Vision”
  • Role of SPV
  • Segregated Witness
  • Bitcoin Maximalism
  • Upper-Layer Systems and Alt-Coins

Bitcoin As Money

Bitcoin presents us with an opportunity to reinvent gold, or even rethink money for the digital future. A number of economists have suggested that it may…


By Murad Mahmudov and Adam Taché.

To nocoiners, gold-bugs, and Keynesians, the cryptocurrency space is best seen as a parasite infecting millennials with technobabble, forcing them to spout economic gibberish, and sucking them into believing the pipedream that a crypto-anarchist society could exist. To believers in the technology, cryptocurrencies represent an escape from the imprisonment of the traditional financial system in which they are forced to participate by being born; a system which has been plagued by inflationary monetary policy, monopoly by nation-states on money creation, malinvestment, and debt. …

Adam Taché

@adam_tache

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