Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano [ADA] was at the crypto ICO Summit recently where he was interviewed by Vincent Everts of Blockchain Innovation, Amsterdam. The summit was held in Switzerland and Vincent interviewed Charles from Input-Output about Cardano and its ideologies.
He was asked about the lessons he has learned and what he is trying to solve with Cardano’s technology.
Goals of Cardano [ADA]
- Fixing the sins of the path: Design, development, and deployment of cryptocurrency – to ensure the scientific claims made by them are actually right.
- Engineering aspects: Proper architecture, well-defined protocols, and specifications of a wallet, of which, none of them have met their standards in the past 9 years.
- To be the first 3rd generation cryptocurrency: Scales as more users join
While defining what 3rd generation means, Charles said:
“…the key factors are scalability, interoperability, and sustainability. Ripple operation is a great example of interoperability with 130 bank partners and the inter ledger projects”
People behind Cardano and their History
Three major entities: Cardano Foundation, the Mergo, and IOHK
Cardano has over a hundred thousand people working in their community according to what Charles said. Jeremy Wood, the Co-Founder, and Charles both worked for Ethereum previously. They currently build blockchains, infrastructures for a living and focus on how to design and implement those for a better service.
They are still in a heavy research phase and are on the verge of moving to practicality phase, said Charles, while talking about the progress and accomplishments of the 3 goals.
Cardano is the first project to introduce peer network in its protocol and pipeline. When questioned about smart contracts, Charles said they have a multi-model idea for that. He said, Ethereum has done some good work and that they will be stealing it from them. They will get the soft copy and roll out with that for now because it is a dominant market standard.
IELE is being designed by 19 people, a project where mainstream developers will be brought into the crypto world because smart contracts need varied language skills and frameworks to be learned.
K Frame changes the whole game though, and it is the 1st time that any cryptocurrency has adopted this. It is a symmatic’s compilation framework where you “write once and run multiple times”.
This summer, two blockchains will run parallel with smart contracts K IELE and K Ethereum. Scorex is being developed for the past 3 years to make ADA private. The first version of this will be seen sometime this year said the Founder.
He expressed his view on downtrends and up-trends by quoting:
“Technically, the company lost 2 billion dollars in the downtrend and who cares. It is not actually real until you exercise.”
Cardano [ADA] is currently trading at $0.15 after a 6.44% gain standing strong at 8th position in the market. The total market cap is worth $4.01 billion and is trading well on Upbit, Binance and Bittrex to mention a few.
Bitfinex partners with EOSIO as a Blockchain Producer
Bitfinex, headquartered in Hong Kong is the largest Bitcoin trading platform with over 10% of the exchanges’ trading. They offer state-of-the-art services for digital assets and liquidity providers. While their search for advanced technologies with the capacity to meet high-demands of a high-volume blockchain both legally and technically was in process, they came across EOSIO community to which they believe they can contribute significantly.
Latest tweet by Bitfinex:
“Bitfinex is pleased to present itself as an EOS Block Producer candidate.”
Bitfinex will act as an incubator to fund, nurture and advise teams that are serious about the future of EOS. Their team is an assortment of more than 100 experts from the industry including a highly versatile development team, legal experts, technical support agents, and industry advocates.
“Our team has gained invaluable industry experience along the way, and we aim to make use of this to enrich the teams around us — sharing information and providing guidance whenever possible.”
Being a block producer candidate, they pledge to grow the open-source nature of the decentralized digital asset space. This is done through intense research, collaborations, and community development. They aim to combine the potential of EOSIO with their own terms of research, development, and adoption at a much higher level.
A high-performance decentralized exchange platform, EOSfinex also aims to combine the scalability and potential of EOSIO. It is built on EOSIO technology, along with the financial/development expertise of the Bitfinex development team. EOSfinex looks forward to delivering a highly-scalable, on-chain trading platform.
“EOSfinex has been developed by considering speed, transparency and scalability and will be the first trust less exchange to be implemented on EOSIO-based networks.”
Apart from the development of a trustless exchange, EOSfinex will be leading the development of a secure and intuitive EOS wallet as well. The partnership is meant to leverage EOSIO’s platform for horizontal scaling of DApps. As their continuous search led them to the EOSIO platform, they aim to process tens of thousands of transactions per second with the lowest fees.
Judy Steven, a Bitfinex user says:
“This is exciting. I’m interested in learning more about this “intuitive wallet” you are developing.”
Ariana Paul, a speculator says:
“Congrats Bitfinex! Looking forward to seeing what great accomplishments Bitfinex will bring to the EOS ecosystem. I can see a three-digit price for EOS soon.”
Lessie Grundon, a market observer said:
“Honestly, I don’t think this is good. To me decentralisation is all about random people having a right to produce blocks and vote the way ahead.”
EOS has been one of the top gainers in the market that has turned bearish recently displaying significant volume gains up to 52% and currently trading at $13.19. The market cap has also noticeably gained and is worth $10 billion roughly as seen at press time.
Jed McCaleb talks about the foundation of Stellar Lumens [XLM]
The BayPay Thought Leadership event was held on 19th April, where Jed McCaleb, the Co-Founder, and CTO of Stellar Development Foundation spoke about the past, present, and future of Stellar.
He started by explaining how the transactions on Stellar work and about how they get banks on board. He says that banks are not the first ones to take up this system of transaction. However, smaller financial institutions like money transfer operators that focus on payments will be more open to adopting this method of sending money.
“We are working with a few banks and none of them are in production. I don’t think of the banks using cryptocurrency are in production… I don’t think they’re going to do anything until they see a lot of money flowing somewhere else in the ecosystem first because they are the most risk-averse, they have the most to lose essentially.. we spend most of our time outside the US – mainly focus in South Asia, Africa.”
He further explains that there is a lot of friction in places where people do not have bank accounts, wherein the adoption of the Stellar network makes it easier for them to adopt the system.
When asked about how much responsibility they have as a network to allow ICOs to function, Jed talks about the company being unable to stop anyone from issuing a token on the network but they wouldn’t be involved in the same. However, he says “Our responsibility falls on the ones that we do work with.. we want to make sure there is reputable and valuable projects”.
He also says that people need to be careful while investing in ICOs as these are the early days in the space, due to which there are a lot of scams and fraudulent activities.
A crypto enthusiast commented:
“This was a great discussion. I loved how Jed did a great job answering the questions even though they were irrelevant. I think it could have been more detailed about the backstory of Stellar and the challenges the faced instead of talking about Jed’s life history. Im sure the audience wanted to know more than just unnecessary things.”
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