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Endangered species protection finds blockchain and Bitcoin love

Ketaki Dixit

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The 66-foot blue whale that washed ashore the Chilean coast sparked a debate on the protection and support of endangered species. The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed and only about 25000 are believed to remain.

Gabriela Garrido, a researcher at the Museum of Natural History Río Seco, was shocked to see people jumping on top of the dead mammal with some of them taking a selfie. Alessandro Roberto, an endangered species activist from Peurto Rico says,

“How can we protect these species from human beings? We are the biggest threat to our own planet. Today’s vandalism shows that before protection people need to be made aware and civilized behavior is the first step to protectionism”

Care for the Uncared (CfU) an NGO based out of Uganda have plans to introduce blockchain technology to preserve and protect endangered species which also include Blue Whales, Indian Tiger, Sea Otter, Asian Elephant, Giant Panda and many more.

Bale Kabumba, spokesperson for CfU spoke to AMBCrypto and says they are already working with leading blockchain developers from London to track, tag and record the health, geographic reach, movement patterns to better understand the species in order to protect them. They soon plan a Bitcoin donation platform in order for people to support.

Bale says,

“This record would be publicly accessible in the block and although the work is just beginning and the future is uncertain we definitely believe this will change the way we behave and interact with nature. This record will eventually help understand the determining factors in species extinction”

Albert Thomson, a blockchain developer from Berlin says,

“We need to a blockchain intervention here. It’s refreshing to see blockchain being used to enhance our environment rather than just minting money for everyone”




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Ketaki Dixit is a Journalism major from Jain University. She has about 1-year experience in the field and is passionate about blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency world.

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Despite Bitcoin [BTC]’s massive crash in the 2018 bear market, crypto-verse sees massive evolution and adoption

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Despite Bitcoin [BTC]'s massive crash in the 2018 bear market, crypto-verse sees massive evolution and adoption
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Bitcoin [BTC] has weathered a total of 82% decrease in its market cap from an all-time high in December 2017, while other cryptocurrencies have undergone losses much worse than that.

Cryptocurrency market has suffered a much worse fate as the cumulative market cap has reduced from a massive ~$835 billion to a mere $100 billion.

Despite such massive drops in the current bear market the adoption of cryptocurrencies keeps on increasing steadily to new heights as per the new research conducted by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Source: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The total number of users/accounts as seen in the chart above has increased from 2016 to 2018 by a staggering 208%.

The research also shows the number of verified users are on the rise, the report stated:

“It also shows that KYC’ed user growth has dwarfed total user account growth, which means that new users are more likely to get immediately verified. Growth rates were at their highest in 2017, and the number of new user accounts as well as ID-verified users continued to rapidly grow in 2018 as well.”

The same research also shows that the crypto-asset industry, even though global, is mainly driven by companies based in North America, China, India, and Western Europe.

Source: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The US and China dominate the map, which is shown in the chart, with India, and Canada following these countries in their contribution to the crypto-industry through crypto-based companies.

Another research titled “The State of Bitcoin” by Delphi Digital shows a comparison between the distribution of Bitcoin.

Source: Delphi Digital

The research by Delphi Digital reveals a rather dark and disturbing side of Bitcoin as it shows that out of 22.9 million users that had Bitcoin wallets, 20.4 million users had Bitcoin between 0.01 to 0.1.

According to the research, approximately 679,347 users held 1 to 100 Bitcoins in their wallets. The research further stated:

“Taking a look at the charts on this page, we can see that close to 50% of Bitcoin addresses have less than 0.001 BTC (which is around $3.70 as of December 5th). Additionally, only ~20% of addresses store more than $100 USD at the moment. Lastly, less than 700,000 addresses own 1 BTC or more at this time.”

Although the situation for Bitcoin and other crypto-assets that most of the users observe looks grim, the underlying fundamentals for these assets are growing steadily with strong roots.

The adoption for the digital assets are increasing and institutional investors slowly but definitely getting into crypto-space. Governments and regulating bodies are trying to regulate the assets to avoid misuse and protect investors from getting scammed and all of the above-mentioned pieces of information points the finger to one thing, that these assets are here to stay.


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Ripple CTO compares Bitcoin [BTC], XRP security models; calls proof-of-work “adversarial system”

Priyamvada Singh

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Ripple CTO compares Bitcoin [BTC], XRP security models; calls proof-of-work "adversarial system"
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In a recent interview with Internet History Podcast, David Schwartz, the Chief Technology Officer of the leading blockchain firm, Ripple spoke about the mining scenario in the XRP ecosystem and compared it against that of Bitcoin [BTC]. Here, he stated that the initial idea, while developing the XRP ledger was to get rid of the proof-of-work mechanism that Bitcoin uses.

Here, the CTO backed his statement by mentioning the issues that align with the protocol. Schwartz explained that XRP is not an adversarial system like the Bitcoin ledger. Furthermore, the BTC ecosystem pits miners against each other in a competition for a fixed pool of resources. This creates adversarial interests that make the security model of Bitcoin difficult, he said. In his words:

“It’s not an adversarial system like the Bitcoin ledger is. if you’re mining and I’m mining, we’re competing for sort of a fixed pool of resources and that creates sort of adversarial interests that make the security model more difficult.”

Subsequently, the blockchain mastermind also elaborated on the nature of the XRP ledger, addressing it as cooperative. He stated that all the members of the ecosystem are working together on advancement. He added:

“[…] which means that if you’re going to improve the stability of the network, I want you to participate.  Because you’re not taking anything away from me and I think that can make a more secure model but it does mean that the system can’t sort of give out the digital asset.”

He further stated that all the XRP that will ever exist was created in the genesis ledger in June 2012, when the system was built. Regarding proof-of-work, he said that the mechanism has distributed the asset broadly but miners have high expenses wherein the costs of ASIC and power have to be taken into consideration. In his opinion, the money is sucked out of the ecosystem as the miners start selling due to high costs of mining.

Lastly, the Ripple official mentioned that the XRP ledger leaves out one inherent feature of predictable market supply, which is fulfilled via Ripple-created escrow accounts.


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