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The Computer Chip Tailored To Mine A Specific Cryptocurrency

The Computer Chip Tailored To Mine A Specific Cryptocurrency
In the nine years that Bitcoin miners went from needing a personal computer to make money to requiring highly specialized, high-priced equipment to do the same, members of the Bitcoin community have warned of growing mining centralization. The concern is that easier access to profitability through expensive ASICs will drive mining into fewer and fewer hands. This could increase the threat of 51 percent attacks or other hijackings of the Bitcoin network and community. ASIC is short for application-specific integrated circuit. It is a computer chip tailored to mine a specific cryptocurrency, making it more efficient and more profitable. These chips have given rise to massive mining operations in China and other locales where the energy needed to run and cool the hardware is cheap. They use thousands of ASICs to very efficiently mine Bitcoin. The solution, some have suggested, is periodically changing the mining algorithm to confound existing mining hardware and force these highly invested, industrial operations to spend even more to keep up. This could put some out of business because they would have to update hardware with each algorithm change. ASIC mining could lead to Bitcoin centralization, some worry, while others say the problem will remedy itself. MINING FIELD GUIDE What is an ASIC miner? ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) miners are machines that are specifically designed for mining. ASIC machines contain microchips that are specifically designed for solving hash puzzles in a much faster, and more efficient, manner than typical GPU-based miners.Popular blockchains like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Sia and Decred all currently have ASIC miners developed for their blockchains. Read More 11 In April, the Monero community executed a hard fork to change its mining algorithm in response to what it considered an attack by Bitmain that had introduced an ASIC designed to target Monero. Monero founder Riccardo “fluffypony” Spagni said in February that the hard fork was necessary because the Bitmain hardware couldn’t “be deployed fairly due to Bitmain’s complete and utter dominance, and nearly unending resources.” Bitmain was the only producer of ASICs until Samsung announced in April that it had developed its own version of the hardware. But Bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos takes a different view of this crossroad, saying Monero’s strategy will only accelerate centralization because only the industrial miners will have the resources to keep up. The Monero plan took this into consideration, and Spagni warned that the Monero community would change the algorithm every six months, which is about the time it takes for a mining operation to update its hardware in response to an algorithm change. This would amount to an arms race between the ASIC manufacturer and Monero. Antonopoulos thinks the benefits of ASICs are diminishing, besides which centralization comes with its own threats. He said those threats will reverse the trend toward more centralized mining. For instance, the greater the centralization, the greater the potential damage from a single threat such as a hack, a fire, a loss of electricity, and changing politics of wherever the mining operation is located, among a host of others. “I expect we will see that the centralization of mining is already reversing itself,” Antonopoulos said. “It’s going to take several years until that plays out, but we’re beginning to see the emergence of other manufacturers and other locations vying and competing for this.” And that’s already happening. The concern about Bitmain essentially cornering the market on ASICs, has lessened somewhat since Samsung entered the ASIC marketplace earlier this year. Charlie Shrem is a Bitcoin pioneer, a social economist and digital currency trader. His work in this field is legendary. In 2011, at the dawn of the crypto era, he founded BitInstant, the first and largest Bitcoin company. In 2013, he founded the Bitcoin Foundation and serve as its vice chairman. 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Ampleforth Launches on TRON and Two Other New Blockchains

Ampleforth Launches on TRON and Two Other New Blockchains

Ampleforth (AMPL), the algorithmically stabilized smart money protocol, is now launching on three new blockchains: TRON, Acala (Polkadot), and NEAR.

According to the announcement, the move is part of Ampleforth’s plans to provide a core monetary asset to users on multiple blockchains, helping to support the rapidly developing decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem on these chains. 

What is AMPL?

Simply put, Ampleforth is an alternative to stablecoins as a blockchain-based store of value and stabilized unit of purchasing power. Unlike these assets which are usually backed by fiat currencies such as the US dollar (USD) or euro (EUR) to maintain a stable value, the value of AMPL is instead entirely set by supply and demand.

This is achieved with a novel solution: changing the amount of AMPL in circulation to meet demand. When demand for AMPL increases, so too does the supply, when demand decreases, so too does the supply — this process is known as a rebase. This essentially means the amount of AMPL a user holds in their wallet expands or contracts based on changes in the total supply. 

To put this into perspective, if you were holding 1,000 AMPL one day, the next day you might be holding 1,100 AMPL if there is a 10% positive rebase. Likewise, you could be holding 900 AMPL if there is a 10% negative rebase. This process is non-dilutive, which essentially means you will always maintain the same proportion of the entire supply. If you owned 1% of all AMPL before a rebase, you will still own 1% of all AMPL after. 

The system is designed to provide a new type of “base money” that is uncorrelated with traditional markets, including fiat and cryptocurrency markets — instead, having its value and circulating supply set based on the demands of its users. This represents a new building block for DeFi, since AMPL can be used as an uncorrelated asset, debt instrument, collateral, and much more without any ties that go back to fiat money. 

Why TRON?

Although the Ampleforth protocol was launched on three new blockchains: Acala, NEAR, and TRON, the latter of these is arguably the most prominent. 

 

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In the second half of 2020, TRON has massively expanded its DeFi ecosystem and is now the second most popular blockchain for DeFi applications after Ethereum. Unlike Acala and NEAR, which are still somewhat in their nascent stages of ecosystem development, TRON already has many of the most important DeFi building blocks in place. 

It already has a TRC20 decentralized automatic market maker protocol (AMM) in JustSwap, liquidity mining platforms like SUN and DMDT, and its own DeFi lending and borrowing protocol with Zethyr Finance. As a result, it is most poised to benefit from the uncorrelated adaptive money. 

“Tron’s ecosystem is obsessed with cutting-edge DeFi assets and capabilities, which is why everyone is so excited about AMPL,” said Justin Sun, founder of TRON, CEO of BitTorrent in the announcement. “We expect deep liquidity pools to form early on in order to support widespread use for trading and collateral as soon as possible.”

 

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Brad Garlinghouse notes now much of an impact Fiat inflation has had on the world of crypto in 2020

Brad Garlinghouse notes now much of an impact Fiat inflation has had on the world of crypto in 2020

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  • Many people have predicted that in 2021, the world of cryptocurrency will spike to highs not seen before.
  • Brad Garlinghouse has recently said that next year will see a plethora of adoption when it comes to the growth of digital assets and the overall industry as people look to diversify their portfolios.

Many people have predicted that in 2021, the world of cryptocurrency will spike to highs not seen before.

To that end, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based blockchain company Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse has recently said that next year will see a plethora of new adoption when it comes to the growth of digital assets and the overall industry as people look to diversify their portfolios.

He said:

“Looking forward to 2021 as more companies hold crypto on their balance sheets (diversification is key here).”

Brad made his comments during an interview with Julia Chatterley of CNN earlier this week as he went on to say that this year has been particularly exciting for the industry. Numerous gains have been experienced over the course of 2020 and it doesn’t seem that it is slowing down.

As many of us are well aware, coronavirus has been a big part as to why digital payments have become more popular. Many people are using digital currencies as a form of payment, investment and as a store of value. Big institutional investors such as PayPal is one company that has been getting further involvement within the industry.

On this topic, the CEO noted that numerous governments from all over the world have played a big part in boosting the performance and adoption of several cryptos over the course of this year.

“Many governments around the world are printing more fiat currencies. Here in the United States, you see trillions of dollars in stimulus and that means we’re inflating the US dollar.”

Over the course of 2020, the world of cryptocurrency has grown massively with many people predicting that this growth is only going to increase in the coming year. The CEO went on to discuss the long-term value of my crypto assets. He specifically mentioned the store of value and the utility as he highlighted:

“The long-term value of any digital asset is going to be derived from its utility.  One utility is a store of value and you’re seeing that across Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that don’t have an inflationary dynamic.”

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FinHub arm of The SEC set to become an independent office

FinHub arm of The SEC set to become an independent office

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  • In an announcement, the securities and exchange commission and their financial technology team will soon become an independent office. 
  • Launched two years ago, the strategic hub for innovation and financial technology from the SEC has been the forefront of securities regulation.

In an announcement that was revealed earlier this week on the 3rd of December, the United States securities and exchange commission and their financial technology team will soon become an independent office. Launched two years ago in 2018, the strategic hub for innovation and financial technology (otherwise known as FinHub) from the SEC has been the forefront of securities regulation.

This sidearm for the SEC has been clearly quite busy the past few years as it goes after numerous initial coin offerings and other related things to the crypto industry.

Valerie Szczepanik, the leader of the hub for innovation will now be reporting directly to the chairman of the commission. For now, that is Jay Clayton who is set to stand down from his position next year but speaking on the matter, he said:

"The SEC is committed to innovation in our markets, consistent with our time-tested regulatory framework. Our action to establish FinHub as standalone office furthers our commitment to facilitate the introduction of new technologies for the benefit of investors and the efficiency and resiliency of our markets. The agency is fortunate to benefit from Val's expertise and deep knowledge in the areas of innovation, financial technology and investor protection, and I’m pleased she will continue to lead FinHub as its first director."

Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, Bill Hinman said:

"Not surprisingly, FinHub has thrived under Valerie's leadership. This move to enhance FinHub's role in leading and coordinating policy across all SEC Divisions and Offices will benefit market innovators and strengthen investor protection."

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Willy Woo: $200,000 for BTC next year is “Conservative“

Willy Woo: $200,000 for BTC next year is “Conservative“

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  • Well-known analyst and crypto commentator, Willy Woo has recently given some bullish predictions on the leading crypto coin.
  • Many people are very excited as bitcoin hitting $300,000 by the end of next year is “not out of the question“.

Well-known analyst and crypto commentator, Willy Woo has recently given some bullish predictions on the leading crypto coin.

Many people are very excited for the leading cryptocurrency to reach $20,000 before the end of this year but that could be seen as just a dent in the grand scheme of things as bitcoin hitting $300,000 by the end of next year is “not out of the question“ according to the expert.

Over the course of 2020, bitcoin has been appreciating in value by more than 175%. In March, the coin was priced somewhere in the $3000 range but now, we are looking at $18,000/$19,000 at the least.

But the analyst believes that it still has more room for further gains for the coin. 

The price point of $200,000 is seen as “Conservative“ to the analyst.

The analyst has been well known to be bullish over the past few weeks. He has even predicted that XRP, the token from the San Francisco company ripple, will have an exciting year despite having a lacklustre one in 2020.

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