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Could ETH Price Drop To Zero?

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As frightening as the above title may sound, the ETH price might go to zero. This is according to several observations by crypto enthusiasts about the technical difficulties the platform is having in scaling. Global Coin Report recently published a piece on how the Stellar network is more advanced than that of Ethereum. In the piece, Stellar was discussed as having a higher throughput that Ethereum as well as being more secure.

It is also with a similar observation that Jeremy Rubin – a technical adviser to Stellar, a Bitcoin Core contributor, investor, and adviser to crypto startups and a freelance consult for cryptocurrency tech – had this to say about Ethereum in a recent TechCrunch post:

“Here’s a prediction. ETH — the asset, not the Ethereum Network itself — will go to zero. Those who already think that ETH will not see real adoption — thanks to a failure to scale, to adopt more secure contract authoring practices, or to out-compete its competitors — don’t need to be convinced that a price collapse would follow as a consequence.”

Life on the Ethereum Network without ETH

He would go on to postulate that the ETH price will go to zero as a consequence of the Ethereum network thriving. The network might reach a point where it will not need ETH to pay for transaction fees on the network.

“But, if one believes that Ethereum will succeed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams as a platform then the proposition that ETH (as a currency) will go to zero will take a bit more convincing running a substantial share of the world’s commerce securely.”

At first, it sounds a bit confusing given the fact that ‘Gas’ in the Ethereum network is paid in ETH. With a thriving Ethereum network, the ETH price will surely go up using traditional laws of economics such as supply and demand.

ETH price not in the Value Proposition of ethereum.org

Jeremy Rubin points out that the digital asset of ETH has been left out of the value proposition given by ethereum.org. The omission of ETH as an asset in the value proposition is grounds to state that it can be replaced in the Ethereum network, thus leaving room for a scenario where its value will automatically fall to zero.

How Will All This Happen?

Firstly, the fees paid to process transactions on the Ethereum network are simply known as ‘Gas’. The latter is a metaphor similar to the fuel used in gasoline-powered vehicles. This fuel can be changed through a slight modification of the engine or changing it completely like how Elon Musk is doing it with electric vehicles. Therefore, with no hard requirement for ‘gas’ to be in ETH, the digital asset can be replaced with another.

The paying for ‘gas’ in a non-ETH asset is sometimes referred to as economic abstraction in the Ethereum community. Miners can be incentivized to mine transactions with another digital asset as a reward.

But the economic abstraction of ETH meets a few challenges such as developing appropriate software to support such a change. There is also getting the approval of the Ethereum community to orchestrate such a hostile takeover of their favorite digital asset.

In conclusion, and according to Jeremy Rubin, there is a hypothetical situation where the ETH price drops to zero if applications on the Ethereum network can run without the digital asset as ‘gas’ for transactions. This situation is a 180-degree turn from the usual thought that the value of ETH will drop due to congestion issues on the network. In the case of the latter, the Ethereum core developers will probably have a solution in the future to solve the scalability issues.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

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