The last year has seen a lot of bloodshed in the Bitcoin market. After the bubble burst, many predicted the death, or at least the depreciation, of Bitcoin. It seems worthwhile, however, to examine recent events from a different perspective and review the history of the Bitcoin market at its tenth anniversary.
Bitcoin’s technology is a revolutionary invention because previously the reliable operation of a virtual monetary system without a central institution couldn’t be guaranteed. Bitcoin has proved over the last eight years that this is possible. Despite its innovation, however, it has a number of weak points.
One of the most interesting innovations of the past years has been the creation of the “world computer”, the Ethereum, which enables the signing of smart contracts. By further developing bitcoin’s technology, it creates a virtual interface on which participants who want to do business with each other can enter into contracts. The contracts are then implemented automatically; there are no options for subsequent tricks or manipulation.
One and a half years ago, Superblog readers were presented with an investment opportunity that is worth 25 times more today in dollar terms. What is ether? What is the source of its value? How is it better and different than bitcoin? How did we get here and what can we expect for the future? These are the questions I am attempting to answer below.
Satoshi Nakamoto published his theoretical white paper explaining the mechanism of the bitcoin in October 2008. Although the paper is only 9 pages long, it describes one of the most significant inventions in recent years, the blockchain technology responsible for the authentic clearing of bitcoin transactions.
The massive economic policy experiment carried out worldwide with a combination of zero interest and money printing is far more terrifying and dangerous, because it is taking place at a systemic level. On the other hand, I can take at least some comfort in the knowledge that if the experiment were to fail, for example leading to economic chaos and soaring inflation, there is an instrument which provides a safe haven because there is a limited quantity of it available, it can function as scriptural money, and yet no authority can seize it, appropriate it or restrict its use.