Crypto Ice Age

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4 min readDec 19, 2022


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The term “crypto ice age” is sometimes used to refer to a hypothetical future scenario in which the rate of new block production on the Bitcoin network slows to a halt. This would occur because the block reward, which is the amount of new bitcoin that miners receive for verifying transactions and adding them to the blockchain, would have reached its minimum value.

In Bitcoin’s current design, the block reward is programmed to decrease over time, eventually reaching a minimum value of zero. This is because the total number of bitcoins that will ever exist is capped at 21 million, and the block reward is one of the main mechanisms through which new bitcoins are introduced into circulation.

If the block reward were to reach zero and new block production were to stop, it could potentially have significant consequences for the security and stability of the Bitcoin network. This is because miners are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the blockchain and ensuring that transactions are processed in a timely manner. Without the incentive of the block reward, it is uncertain whether enough miners would continue to participate in the network to maintain its security.

It is worth noting that this scenario is purely hypothetical and it is not clear when, or if, it will ever come to pass. Bitcoin’s block reward is currently set to decrease at a predetermined rate, and…