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Minimal Slashing Conditions
Last week Yoichi released a blog post detailing the process of formally proving safety and liveness properties of my “minimal slashing…
A beginner’s guide to Ethereum
What is Ethereum?
We have today, the ability to purchase nearly infinite amounts of computers and storage “in the cloud”. We can even amass fleets of human…
Thoughts on the taxonomy of blockchains & distributed ledger technologies
The recent discussion of R3’s previous public disclosures that Corda is a distributed ledger, not blockchain, as well as Hyperledger…
My final block size compilation post
Let me start of by saying that the narrative that “everyone wants the best for Bitcoin” is false. I thought that was true a couple of…
Public and Private Blockchains: Enemies or Allies?
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is launching today (http://www.enterpriseethereumalliance.org). Several of the world’s most prominent…
R Tyler Smith
What is the Best Regulatory Response to Fintech?
Over the last decade, “Fintech” — broadly defined as the use of new technology and innovation to compete in the marketplace of financial…
Erik P.M. Vermeulen
Why Bitcoin Transaction Capacity Doesn’t Really Matter
In my last article, I wrote about how the Bitcoin network will scale one way or the other. In this article, I will write about how network…
Energy, Money, and the Destruction of Equilibrium
Brett Maverick Musser
Preventing Another Bitcoin Bubble
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not always cheering for upward price movements in Bitcoin! I’ve also called down and sideways on many…
The True Nature of the Anti-Bitcoin Animus
This was written when Bitcoin was $11, and published Monday, June 20th, 2011. Mainstream Media journalists have been doing their best to…
Formal methods on some PoS stuff
In Paris, I received a description of a distributed consensus mechanism. If the description below looks ambiguous or impenetrable, this…
Cashless. Gold, Barter and Bitcoin. New ways to cheat at Monopoly
The banker in Monopoly has an advantage. As a kid, playing with my sister and her girl friends, being that I was the youngest of the group…
Post-blockchain Smart Contracts Creating a New Firm
The new cryptocurrencies and post-blockchain smart contracts make it possible to leave behind the simplistic finance model of the…
Bitcoin: The Black Swan of Finance
Bitcoin just hit an all time high price of $1220 which is roughly $45 above previous highs from 2013. But how? According to the media and…
It’s Not the Censorship Resistance, Stupid
“At the core of Bitcoin’s value proposition is censorship resistance. Bitcoin has value because it can be used to complete transactions…
Decentralized Objective Consensus without Proof-of-Work
Decentralization and objective consensus are two of the main challenges faced by today’s cryptocurrencies. While the lack of objectivity is…
The new bitcoin regulation in Japan… worse than the “Bitlicense”?
The new virtual currency law will be introduced in Japan this Spring and contrary to some positive media coverage and perception in the…
Why Do I Need a Public and Private Key on the Blockchain?
Leon Di, Product Marketing @ WeTrust
Bitcoin: digital gold or digital cash? Both.
Proponents of Bitcoin as ‘digital cash’ place more emphasis on the accessibility aspect, arguing that its transaction fees should be low…
The Trust attack
Similar to how Sybil, DoS, fungibility, spam, and other attack vectors threaten Bitcoin, the Trust attack is a way for larger players, such…
The Philippines Has Decided to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges as Remittance Companies
The Philippines has long been one of the hubs for Bitcoin remittance innovation, and local founders have always said that it was only a…
Why Fashion Insiders Should Care About Blockchain
Today marks the first day of both New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and Fashion Month, taking place in the ‘Big Four’: NY, London, Paris, and…
Why Bitcoin suceeded and “blockchain industry” failed so far
(Short and softened by editors :) version of this article was initially published by Coindesk)
Will Blockchain(s) Eat the Marketplace Stack?
A structured approach to seize the the potential of blockchains in the marketplace space.