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Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin: Cryptocurrency, blockchain are seeing an ‘astonishing’ rise




Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain are seeing an “astonishing” rise
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Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum and the man behind ConsenSys, a blockchain technology solutions company and an incubator for Ethereum-centric start-ups, has hailed the “astonishing” rise of blockchain and cryptocurrency communities.

In a recent video posted by ConsenSys, Lubin referred to blockchain as the technology that pegged trust over everything else. He branded the technology as the “new trust infrastructure”. Lubin added:

“Instead of relying on intermediaries to provide trust, in different situations, in different industries, content creators or service providers or resource providers can directly access and interact with their consumers.”

Prior to the symbiosis of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, the financial industry looked at blockchain as a medium for “disintermediation”, said Lubin. He added that the financial world was also aware that distributed ledger technology [DLT] would lead to a degree of asset tokenization and creation of digital assets like cryptocurrencies, crypto-equities, crypto-bonds, and asset-backed tokens.

He added that banks were looking at blockchain internally to build shared data repositories. This initial interest enticed them to get into crypto-assets and veer towards dedicating a trading desk for them, as hinted by Goldman Sachs and Barclays.

Content creators, especially in the journalism and music industry, who are in direct contact with their consumers will benefit through the DLT system. Bypassing the intermediaries and direct uploading of content is being implemented by Uju Music platform, which has over 1,000 artists in their creator’s portal and their own unique usage policies for their specific content.

Lubin stated that big record companies that take ’70 percent’ of the entire industry’s value could be replaced with “smart contracts on the Ethereum platform”. The protocol will allow intermediaries like promoters, curators, and writers to participate in the process. However, they cannot rise to a level of authority and deplete value from the content creators.

Another industry that could be propelled with blockchain is journalism. The Ethereum co-founder stated that the current news system is clickbaity and riddled with intermediaries that are dissolving factual content. He stated:

“It’s not about telling the truth, it’s not about subtle narrative. It’s unethical.”

ConsenSys invested $5 million in a decentralized newsmaking platform, Civil, to ferment a direct relationship between journalists and readers. This decentralization in the journalism industry would allow ethics and facts to be brought to the fore, and media houses that operate outside these norms can be booted from the platform.

Blockchain is at the core of the cryptocurrency industry, but Lubin sees it as the catalyst to bettering several industries, not just finance and technology. More importantly, the Ethereum co-founder looks at the financial world’s recent embrace of blockchain as a stepping stone to the decentralized currency realm.

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Rabobank announces plans to drop its crypto-project

Sarvesh Kumar



Robobank to drop its plans of having their own crypto-wallet
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Rabobank, a bank based out of The Netherlands, has decided to drop their idea of creating their own native cryptocurrency called Rabobit. The bank had announced their cryptocurrency plans in February 2018. Rabobank was looking at closing the gap between banks and cryptocurrency wallets. However, they have taken this decision after exploring the field for more than a year.

According to a report by Hard Fork, a spokesperson from the bank said,

“After careful consideration with our customers in mind, we recently decided that now is not the time to develop the idea further and bring it to the next phase of innovation”

Their cryptocurrency idea was part of the Rabobank Moonshot program, which was looking at boosting innovation in Fintech services. The bank does not consider their research a waste, but the same has led to valuable insights and experience in general, the spokesperson added

The spokesperson also said,

“We have learned valuable lessons about our customers and the crypto market and on how to design blockchain and crypto applications.”

The spokesperson cited regulatory uncertainty as the reason why the Dutch institution pulled out of the project. Although the bank has dropped the idea, they will be keeping a tab on the market and the regulatory changes in the industry.

Rabobank is not the only bank to drop the idea of having a cryptocurrency wallet. Recently, ABN AMRO, another Dutch bank, also dropped their plans of “Wallie,” their own cryptocurrency wallet. The reason for their drop was also with respect to regulatory conditions in the industry.

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