According to bitshares.org
BitShares is a technology supported by next generation entrepreneurs, investors, and developers with a common interest in finding free market solutions by leveraging the power of globally decentralized consensus and decision making.
BitShares does for business what bitcoin did for money by utilizing distributed consensus technology to create companies that are inherently global, transparent, trustworthy, efficient and most importantly profitable.
Blockchain technology is the backbone of Bitcoin. But since its inception in 2009, the technology has grown to support many use cases and projects around the world.
2017 will be a big year for blockchain. In this blog post, we cover the top areas of the blockchain industry and what we can expect for blockchain in 2017.
A recent CoinDesk article reveals that 7 major European banks are partnering on a new blockchain-based trade finance platform called the Digital Trade Chain (DTC).
They have a tentative plan to launch in Q3-Q4 of 2017.
Those backing the platform’s development are looking to establish a secure place to manage open account trade transactions for both domestic and international commerce. DTC utilizes a permissioned ledger, with authorized parties allowed to submit transactions on the platform.
Open account trade transactions involve products being shipped before the actual payment is due, meaning that trust among the transaction’s parties is imperative. With DTC, those plugged into the system will be able to track the progression of those transactions, from initiation to settlement.
Thus far, the banks involved – KBC, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit – have signed a memorandum of understanding that lays out the basic groundwork for future development. That said, the banks are looking to launch DTC sometime in 2017, with an eye to building support in markets like France, Germany and the UK.
A conference that caught our eye recently is the MIT Technology Review Conference: The Business of Blockchain.
The event will be held at the MIT Media Lab on April 18, 2017. The purpose of the one-day conference is “to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with public digital ledgers, or blockchains.”
Blockchains have the power to create entirely new kinds of businesses and more people are starting to realize this everyday.
Blockchain is still relatively new. The industry is still in its infancy. We can expect a variety of new use cases to be introduced in 2017.
Bitcoin is the largest and most well know blockchain project. It is currently traded all around the world and more businesses are beginning to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment.
In addition to growth and adoption, Bitcoin will focus on security and scalability. The DAO hack demonstrated the need for advanced security protocols for all blockchain projects. Scalability is also an issue. “Today the Bitcoin network is restricted to a sustained rate of 3.3 tps (7 tps theoretical) due to the bitcoin protocol restricting block sizes to 1MB. Scalability will remain the holy grail of blockchain technology.”
Many people believe the public blockchain with the most attainable and impactful scalability roadmap is Ethereum.
Here are some of the Ethereum projects to look out for:
Infura is an enterprise-grade Ethereum-based blockchain infrastructure being used in IoT, and in conjunction with the public Ethereum blockchain and Inter Planetary File System (IPFS). Developers interface with Infura via Web3/RPC.
MetaMask is a bridge that allows you to visit the distributed web of tomorrow in your browser today. It allows you to run Ethereum dApps right in your browser without running a full Ethereum node.
BlockApps is an enterprise-grade Ethereum-based blockchain infrastructure solution used in banking, payments, insurance, supply chain and others. BlockApps is designed to provide a permissioned Ethereum environment which easily operates at scale, allowing applications to handle a high volume of transactions per second. Developers can build interfaces with their permissioned blockchain using a REST API.
Steemit.com is the world’s fastest growing decentralized social media platform.
Steemit connects to a robust blockchain database called Steem. This blockchain database distributes rewards in cryptocurrency to the users who bring the best content (blogs, comments, videos etc.) to the Steemit site.
On January 17th, 2017 Steemit.com was featured on Forbes.com. Author, Roger Aitken covered the 2017 comprehensive roadmap for Steemit.com.
The big news surrounds the Steemit.com migration to Amazon Web Services, the world’s largest hosting provider. Steemit has racked up over 120,000 registered users in around 6 months and they need to be able to handle more traffic as the platform grows.
Steemit Co-founder & CEO, Ned Scott is quoted several times throughout the article:
“2017 will be our banner year and the community will see a ton of upgrades from now until the end of March. Migrating hosting to reputable third parties allows us to focus all of our time and attention on development of the site, software, and community – not on scaling or maintaining servers or hosting infrastructure.”
Follow My Vote continues to pioneer end-to-end verifiable blockchain voting software in 2017. See our Github repo for updates on our software.
It’s important to note that, when designing our stake-weighted voting system’s architecture, we designed it in such a way to ensure that our blockchain voting software was portable from one blockchain to another. (contact us if you are interested in a custom blockchain voting solution)
2016 was filled with momentous achievements for Follow My Vote. Here you can see we reached out to and networked with some of the top technology leaders and politicians. (Gary Johnson & John McAfee featured)
We anticipate that 2017 will be filled with many Follow My Vote software releases and partnerships, in an effort to bring end-to-end verifiable blockchain voting to the world.
This post has been sourced from the Follow My Vote blog.
About the author: Will Long is the Marketing Manager of Follow My Vote. Follow him on Steemit @slickwilly
As a stakeholder in Steemit (just like you) I want to know where the organization stands, compared with other similar organizations (I intently avoided the term
So I spent a good hour digging through Wikipedia, Quantcast, Coinmarketcap, Steemd and Quora, in a quest to find relevant information about the market.
I picked only 3 metrics: market cap, alexa rank and monthly visitors. Alexa rank is informative and I don't give it too much credit, it just shows some general interest.
All data is between 2014 and 2016 and some of the information pertains to transactions which already happened (Tumbr was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion). Another observation about Medium traffic, the 25 millions monthly users is a number pulled from an interview Ev gave to CNN in December, but Quantcast shows only $1.9 millions per month (just an estimate, Medium doesn't have the Quantcast tag, as far as I understand). The traffic for Steemit was based on Steemd
active users for the last 30 days, but that takes into account only users who voted, commented or posted, the traffic could easily be double or triple than that, but it's in the same ballpark, compared with the other sites.
I didn't give specific sources links for each number, because it will have bloated the text, but you can go to the websites mentioned above and do some basic search. If you come up with different numbers, do let me know.
Below is the aggregated data.
Site|Market Cap (mils) | Alexa Rank | Monthly Visitors (mils)
Steemit | 36 | 16453 | 0.013
Medium | 132 | 333 | 25
StackOverflow | 459 | 43 | 29
Reddit | 500 | 24 | 234
Quora | 900| 154 | 100
Tumblr | 1100 | 39 | 555
As you can see, in terms of monthly visitors, Steemit doesn't event count here. It's natural, it's not even past its first year. But it does count in the market cap area and that's a key information. It means money is there and it's ready to flow in whatever direction will be profitable. Who will take that decision and when (given the decentralized structure of Steemit) that's another question.
Another interesting observation is the valuation of Quora which is almost double than StackOverflow or Reddit, at half the number of visitors for Reddit and three times more than StackOverflow. Weird.
But here's where it gets interesting:
The chart represents the market cap distribution among all players.
I see at least two possible scenarios:
Of course, there are many other metrics, like the value of a member account on each platform, which I didn't take into account, the data here is a bit foggy. Also, I didn't take into account, intently, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. I don't think they're doing the same thing, although they are players on social media too.
My final observation is that the money is still in the blogging platforms, not in the Q&A platforms. The high end of the market cap is occupied by Tumblr (both in terms of market cap and users) and the low end is also occupied by blogging platforms (Steemit and Medium). Q&A, where money flows faster, but where the audience is also more limited and highly niched, is in the middle. That means, for me that, as a blogging platform, it takes a lot of time to grow a loyal audience, 4-6 years. Once you get there, though, the affinity of those users is way bigger than in Q&A platforms.
Questions? Criticism? Other scenarios?
I'm a serial entrepreneur, blogger and ultrarunner. You can find me mainly on my blog at Dragos Roua where I write about productivity, business, relationships and running. Here on Steemit you may stay updated by following me @dragosroua.
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 Golem Network: https://golem.network/
: Chart: https://liqui.io/#/exchange/GNT_BTC
 Supercomputer: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercomputer
 Announcement: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1655002.0
A series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions / solution-based case studies with a focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging blockchain space.
It will see eminent speakers from blockchain sector including Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger; Leanne Kemp, CEO/Founder of Everledger; Jamie Burke, CEO of Outlier Capital LLP + Blockchain Angels; Anish Mohammed, Advisor at Ripple; Pavlo Tanasyuk, Founder & CEO of Blockverify among others.
According to Stratis Platform, its team will present a proven, secure and scalable end-to-end solution for C# and .Net decentralized blockchain applications. The release also said that the company will offer seamless development, integration and distribution of blockchain solutions on Microsoft’s .Net framework; fully certified, proven and security compliant data management; rapid acceleration for your blockchain project development; blockchain solutions on Azure BaaS and Cloud Stratis; among others.
“The Stratis Platform marks the next step in the evolution of bitcoin, by facilitating adoption among C# and .Net developers, while integrating the latest technological improvements to the original bitcoin protocol,” Chris Trew, CEO and Founder of Stratis, said.
The Blockchain Expo will be held at Olympia in London and is expected to witness 1500+ attendees across industries and leading brands that are developing and deploying blockchain technology. Eminent speakers in the blockchain space including Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger; Leanne Kemp, CEO/Founder of Everledger; Pavlo Tanasyuk, Founder & CEO of Blockverify and others will be present during the event.
Stratis Platform offers the option of one-click provisioning of blockchains, sidechains, and private blockchain projects. It also provides its own blockchain hosting solution – Cloud Stratis, which is specifically suited for customized projects including private and side blockchains. The solutions can be applied in solving challenges including establishing and protecting Internet identity and trust among parties, maintaining immutable ledgers and in IoT solutions.
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January 2017 Steemit Developers have made official Announcement about the latest upcoming development phase of Steemit, also known as Roadmap 2017
Check out the Annoucement: www.steem.io/2017roadmap
This will be an exciting year for all Steemians as there are plenty of updates planned out, expected to be implemented throughout the year, as currently the project is still in Beta
One of biggest updates that Developers plan to roll out this upcoming year, will be establishing an official Steemit Mobile Service by creating native Steemit apps based on Mobile iOS and Android operating systems
A recent Forbes article states that Steemit is the fastest growing decentralized social network, by attracting over 120,000 registered users in around six months. Steemit is already establishing a name for itself while it's in Beta, thus user can expect many more changes to be implemented in 2017
Now Developers are interested in creating ‘native’ Steemit apps to be released on official Andriod & IOS App Stores. Branching out to a certain segment of consumers, those who own a Smart Phone will be able to connect & interact with Steemit, this includes making electronic payments with little to no restriction
Because Steem uses a Graphene Blockchain, Steem transaction can be executed almost instantly with zero fees charged. Now with Mobile Remote Access and Steem as Cryptocurrency, anyone in the world can make borderless payment to one another, making your Steemit Account more than just a social profile but instead is your encrypted secure Wallet that grants you direct access to Financial Market
It's definitely a great Idea to develop Native Apps allowing over Billions of Users to connect to Steemit, now anyone with a Smart-phone & Internet Connection has direct access to the Steemit Community. Billions of users carry their phones around wherever they go, greater accessibility by Satellite Connection will allow any individual in the most remote areas in the world to stay connected
Having Native Apps that are backed by lead developers of Steemit, will give the mobile application more credibility something that will help grow Steemit as a Platform. When designing an app, it should be able to deliver full functionality that allows Users to Post, Upvote & Explore Steemit Network
The App should be user-friendly, offering lot's of features and must run as smooth as possible for it to be a hit on the App Stores
There are is already an app called Esteem, it's a great example of what to expect! However, it is always a good idea to release an official app to build a better Steemit Ecosystem. Note that eSteem is not part of Steem core development. Instead it's an opensource community project. eSteem only utilizes public API provided by Steem and Steemit
Google Playstore: Link
You should definitely give it a try, as it will be alternative application once Steemit Native Apps are released
Steemit interface is quite neat, so those using their Smart phone to browse through Steemit.com will notice that it's actually quite well optimized. Native Mobile Application will add more services to Steemit, allowing more Consumers to stay connected socially and financially with Steem
I actually used one of Google Services to test Steemit for Mobile Optimization and results are quite surprising
Here is the Link: www.testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com
Have you notice that many Tech Companies around the world have mobile application, there was a time where the only way to access any sort of social network was through a computer, when phone weren't know to be so smart.
Compare the trend
Success stories like Instagram, prove that mobile application is Market of its own and that growth in these particular segment of devices is gaining popularity. This is a trend that will only become more pronounced over the next 10 years, as both business and personal users shift away from being tethered to desks and instead choose to access the internet any time from anywhere
A smaller segment will use Personal Computer while it's highly likely that everyone will have at least 1 Smart Phones in the foreseeable future
But thanks to increased processing power, better battery life, vastly improved networking speeds, and larger screen sizes on mobile devices, the shift away from the desktop is accelerating
Steemit has yet to capture the Interests of Billions of Users, so a personalized official Steemit App will likely make Steemit more Popular as a social Platform. With remote internet, Steemians have access to financial services that are available when interacting with Steem's Blockchain
Doesn't this go well with the SteemVerify Logo? Anyways, if you spot an error in any of my Guides please feel free to correct me and also if there is anything you would like to see a Guide on, let me know! Dedicated young Steemian interested in getting Vested. Will write more Guides & Tutorials, Follow me for more 😎! Steem to the Moon!
Within the next decade Blockchain News Feeds will be powered on the Blockchain.
This may sound far-fetched but the technology is already here and it's not a matter of if it will happen, it is merely a matter of when it will happen.
Live Streaming of News Feeds on the Blockchain is not something that will be left in Science Fiction Movies but will become reality within the next decade.
The building blocks are already in place to deliver streaming of Blockchain News Feeds and in the future On-Screen Live Media Reporting will look something like this.
Blockchain Authenticity Indicators will be shown on the screen measuring the accuracy of the News Feed as it is streamed LIVE..!!
The media attention and awareness of "Fake News" is no coincidence and the timing of the heightened awareness ties nicely with the roll out of Blockchain Technology.
As we move through 2017 Fake News will become more of an epidemic and Blockchain News Feeds will be the antidote that will provide the solution to address the problem.
Fake News and Blockchain is a marriage made in heaven..!!
Steemit is at the forefront of this technological revolution and one of the pioneers of this technological shift.
You don't have to look far for evidence that Blockchain News Feeds will soon be here, in fact the evidence is right in front of you.
These really are exciting times we are in and what better platform is there to be on than Steemit itself.
Thanks for reading.
Spannender Artikel über ein neues Blockchain-Projekt namens Car eWallet - was haltet Ihr davon?
Es ist kein Geheimnis, dass Autos immer besser vernetzt werden. Ein neues Konzept wurde nun von einem Trio aus drei großen Playern vorgestellt. Die Institutionen treiben die heutigen futuristischen Ideen mit einem neuen Blokchain-Prototyp weiter an. Unsere Verkehrsmittel sollen durch automatische Zahlungssysteme auf eine völlig neue Ebene gebracht werden.
Photo source: Coindesk
Diese Vision wird durch ein neues Blockchain-Projekt mit dem Namen Car eWallet ins Leben gerufen. Das Projekt ist ein Zusammenschluss des deutschen Autoteile-Zulieferers ZF Friedrichshafen, dem innogy Innovation Hub (eine Tochterfirma des RWE-Konzerns) und der schweizer Bank UBS.
Steemians - there is a new very exciting Blockchain project called Car eWallet I had to share with the Steemit community. Please check the original English source. What do you think about this. Will it become reality soon?
It's no secret cars have become more connected, but a new concept from a trio of big-name institutions is taking today's futuristic ideas further with a new blockchain prototype that envisions how transportation could be driven by automated payments. That's the vision behind a new blockchain project called Car eWallet, developed jointly by German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen, the innogy Innovation Hub (a spin-off of german utility giant RWE) and Swiss Bank UBS.
Engineers across the globe perform such an essential function that without them, civilization as we know it, would not be possible. The food that we eat, the energy that powers us, the transportation systems that move us, and even the currency that we trade are all underwritten by the productivity of people sustained by physical infrastructure and devices created by engineers. As such, the storage of value in the works of engineering is a logical proposition and ideal candidate for Blockchain technology.
Today we introduce Quant, a digital token that represents the ingenuity of engineers across the globe. Quant facilitates and accelerates collaboration among all types of engineers as a currency of trust within the worldwide profession. If you want to be an engineer who makes an impact on the world, you want to be certified in Quant.
Global Engineer: a person who applies the natural physical laws toward the advancement of all humanity.
Whether validating data to a distributed ledger, supporting a node in supply chain management, or acting first responder in a disaster, globalization needs a language of engineering trust and due diligence with peer validation and fault tolerant networks. The Quant stores intrinsic value of all engineering infrastructure within the global network of engineers who create it. The only intrinsic cryptocurrency ever offered, quant will be a popular choice for the storage of value across disciplines.
This objective of this token pre-sale is to raise money for the creation of a tokenized ecosystem that represents the creativity, intellect, and resourcefulness of global engineers. This will be accomplished by the following method.
Other than the initial presale, the only way to bring Quant into existence is through the process of bringing more engineers into the ecosystem and uploading more engineering works to populate the ecosystem via the Curiosumé protocol (Ref: Wikipedia, GitHub, etc). Each content addition or resource verifies blocks that propagates the Blockchain by a proof of stake algorithm. A small residual is subtracted from each transaction to be used for continued development of the project.
Quant may be purchased and sold outside the ecosystem as a medium of exchange and storage of value intrinsic to infrastructure and works of engineering. Construction enterprise, Corporations, Banks, and Insurance companies will hold a Quant portfolio as a means of securing decentralized engineering knowledge assets and resources.
The word engineer (from the Latin ingeniator) is derived from the Latin words ingeniare (
to contrive, devise) and ingenium (
Proceeds from the pre-sale will go towards:
• This project seeks to commit entirely to Graphene based Proof-of-Stake Blockchain ecosystem.
• Open Ledger Wallet
• Monax (Eris Industries) interoperable Smart Contract Suite
(X) Quant can ultimately be brought into existence. The pre-sale will award (Y) quant to the market for one time only outside of the designed “mining” process. (Z1) quant will be awarded to founders and advisors and (Z2) Quant will be awarded to pre-sale participants, (Z3) will be held in reserve for future development.
Constraint: After the pre-sale, the only way to bring new quant into existence is through “mining” performed by engineers (or sensors) populating a global knowledge inventory.
(*crypto-economics, jurisdiction, and technology stack still under discussion)
The most important investor will be the practicing engineers who will invest time and effort to populate a decentralized knowledge inventory, tag their selves to the data, and collaborate with each other in exchange for Quant. All Quant purchases (for fiat, bitcoin, altcoin, etc.) outside of this pre-sale will be made directly with those engineers who may choose to convert Quant to the offered currency.
Target Pre-sale investors include participating public and private entities who depend upon engineering as well as corporations, construction companies, insurance, and financial institutions who would have interest in accessing the global engineering knowledge inventory in the near or distant future.
This project is nothing short of creating a new economy comprised of a new form of supply and demand, new factors of production, and intention to meet the needs of all people on our planet regardless of nationality, race, religion of political beliefs.
The sustainability and resilience of human interface with our planet is an engineering problem, not a political problem. TIP2 fully understands that this may be the most ambitious Blockchain application every put forth. We fully understand that the product that we specify will be extremely difficult to build and execute. We do not claim to have this problem solved and many details will need to be worked out.
“Everything not invented by God, was invented by an engineer” – Prince Philip of England.
About The Ingenesist Project 1:
The Ingenesist Project (TIP) has been developing systems and methods to advance the engineering profession for almost 23 years. We were involved in the NAFTA Mutual Recognition of engineers and developed innovations such as The Value Game, WikID Tools Algorithm, and Curiosumé. Many of our programs were developed within the entertainment industry, the aerospace Industry, and the construction industry. The Ingenesist Project was instrumental in launching or supporting companies such as Social Flights, Quiddity Systems, Coengineers, PLLC, and The Insurance-Engineering Blockchain Consortium, among others.
The word “Ingenesist” is derived from the Latin words ingeniare and ingenium as one who practices creativity and cleverness.
The Ingenesist Project II (TIP2) is a reorganization and re-launch of TIP adding co-founders, new advisors, and reflecting a renewed mission to safeguard the health and welfare of people and property through collaboration with all the Ingenesists of the world.
This is the first time I attend an event of this kind and I must say I was positively impressed by the number of start-ups presenting their product or idea. The atmosphere was good, with people being engaged and discussing and showing interest in the evolution of blockchain technologies.
SatoshiPay, Stratis, Microsoft and Fintricity are just a few of the known names present there today, alongside others such as Jaak (media rights and contracts), Giveth (charity - connecting donors and recipients), ChainThat (insurance services), Cashaa (money transfer with a twist), CrossVerify (biometrics identification over the blockchain).
After visiting the stalls and engaging in to a rather interesting conversation with the rep from Cashaa, I went on to listen to Mark Simpson from RBS, who made a presentation around developers making the most of blockchain opportunity. The discussion went on to realities of scalability, key challenges (security, integration with existing banking systems, bad press, etc.) and opportunities (or rather questions) for the future.
Microsoft was next in line to make a demonstration on notarisation and certification on the blockchain. Michael Platt, Senior Developer at Microsoft, showed us live how a document can be authenticated using Stampery (blockchain-based data certification company with offices in Madrid and San Francisco).
On the other side of London, the conference was a success according to Biswa Das and Nathan Sharp (TBB). They had the opportunity to discuss current progress of their start-up with Sasha Ivanov (Waves Platform), Christoph Hering (BlockPay) and Bobby Lee (BTCC). Following photos are credit to Biswa Das.
There are two initiatives that I really liked: DonorCoin and Hackathon winner Gov Blocks, with their proof of concept developed for Papua New Guinea e-Citizen Services using permission blockchain technology. I will expand on that in an upcoming post.
Day 2 tomorrow and I’ll come back with an update.
I've always searched for evidence that blockchain technology is here to stay. A very direct way to assess that is to check how much (and whose) money is being applied on blockchain related companies. About a year ago I started following the coindesk list of bitcoin venture capital to get the pulse of this new movement. I don't need this to believe in cryptocurrencies or the underlying technology. My decisions on investment also don't rely on this. I just think it may be an interesting indicator of the overall health of the sector. Are we going to see Steemit or any other Steem based/focused company in this list soon?
Almost every month some investors trust their money to one or more companies. Whenever that happens I'll keep you updated. Here are the news of last December. Wyre and OpenBazaar received nice investments. Let's wait and see what 2017 will bring for these and other companies that are shaping the future.
New coin on Poloniex, today. PascalCoin.
Well, it's a new crypto currency based on a new blockchain writen in the Pascal language. The most unique thing about PascalCoin is its ability to maintain accurate records without keeping a complete history of the blockchain, thus solving one of the emerging doubts with bitcoin. The currency is new, as of the summer of 2016. Proposed in May and realeased in August.
(their website: http://www.pascalcoin.org/)
The currency is potentially valuable for its proposed ease of use and independence from the bloated legder histories that are becoming a problem for bitcoin.
At the time of writing PASC had a volume of 873 BTC and was the 4th most traded coin on the exchange.
Guess where I was passing time...lol actually it was an excellent day, this was my First Blockchain Expo as I've said before in my Vlogging Videos, this Cryptography World/Sphere is new too me, well 3 Months in but learning a lot about this world and enjoying it.
There were a few recognized names I already knew, Ledger Wallet, Stratis, Wirex, and learned about SatoshiPay, Air Messenger and a whole lot of more new knowledge about Blockchain. It is really interesting world and I can see the potential it has for everyone. I would recommend for anyone to go. I took some photos in the beginning but then started forgetting to pull out the camera as I was either listening to someone or getting really involved in a conversation. So forgive me for not taking more photos.
Investment funds will look to invest in cryptocurrencies
As an asset class, cryptocurrencies are tough to ignore. As I write this, Bitcoin is trading at just over $1,000. Hedge funds and venture capital firms will look for more ways to tap into the cryptocurrency market. Doing so will remove some of the social stigma around cryptocurrencies—mainly due to Bitcoin’s history of use on the dark markets—and popularize investment in cryptocurrencies.
Private blockchains will start feeling the burn
Private blockchains (like the Hyperledger project from the Linux Foundation, R3CEV’s Corda, and the Gem Health network) will start to feel real friction. To date, private blockchains have gotten the benefit of the doubt, receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funding with little to show for it in production. Many of their projects are not terribly innovative, and haven’t been subjected to the same rigorous review as more public projects.
Bitcoin will see SegWit introduction
Despite the enormous technological and political difficulties involved in upgrading Bitcoin, Bitcoin’s core developers have finally introduced Segregated Witness to the network. The benefits of SegWit are clear: a higher transaction throughput without altering the block size, no transaction malleability and faster block validation. SegWit also makes it easier to develop better wallet software and permits off-chain transactions on the Lightning Network, a protocol for scaling and speeding up blockchains.
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Democracy, although righteous in ideology has been limited, until now.
Although the 'free world' chooses their leaders... to choose just this once every 4 years and really have no say in between has been an issue of logistics and viability. This stale form of democracy will fall away to a new form coming. We will be able to actively participate in much decision making as members of society, due to blockchain voting. NASDAQ making this statement is no small news item, but one of the biggest in the history of democracy and also in blockchain developments. Now, citizens have something to demand from the stystem... not one law or policy change in particular but the big picture overhaul of how we make decisions as a society.
Voters must ask of future leaders one simple question: "How will you utilize blockchain voting to give the people more say on how society is managed? We expect an evolution of democracy!"
The massive position in the markets and also wide-spread adoption of ethereum lets Decentro predict that ethereum will play a huge role in the process of democracy going to the blockchain.
A prevalent question people are asking these days is:
"With robots and AI expected to take over a majority of jobs in the near future, what are people to do?"
Decentro answers: "Why, run society of course through the blockchain!"
Bring on the decentrolution of democracy!