“That’s what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories” - Murakami
(Programming note: As 2018 becomes 2019, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide our readers a quick recap of some of the interesting takes and viewpoints on the current state of cryptocurrencies and what the future of cryptocurrencies could potentially be. As can be expected, the posts have been authored by angular with very strong views, and are unique in the perspective they provide, cutting through all the clutter we have seen in crypto literature, especially over the past 12 months or so)
Today we bring to you the best blog posts we found this past year on Ethereum - the leading decentralized smart contract execution platform for DApps.
In the words of Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum was intended to be a “sufficiently powerful Turing-complete scripting language
”, that was the key missing feature to Satoshi’s original vision of bitcoin, which was originally intended to be “..desired to test two parameters- a trustless, decentralized database enjoying security enforced by the austere relentlessness of cryptography and a robust transaction system capable of sending value across the world without intermediaries…
”. Ethereum is the first ‘truly programmable’ blockchain, and has led to the emergence of Dapps, as well as,fortunately or unfortunately, the ICO boom, as well as multiple other protocols that leverage Ethereum. There are any number of reasons Ethereum could still fail, but as we explored in an earlier post on crypto market structures
, we think Ethereum is a great position, in spite of the emergence of worthy competitors such as, notably, Dfinity, Algorand, Polkadot, Tezos etc, to name a few. It is fascinating to revisit the genesis of Ethereum on the bitcointalk channels
The Top Five Ethereum Posts of 2018:
An elaborate and technical blog post that talks about the various milestones for Ethereum 2.0 and the plan to reach those milestones.
A snapshot of all the metrics and activity on the biggest smart contracting platform. The platform also briefly touches upon the scalability challenges facing the Ethereum network.
by Preethi Kasireddy
Although a slightly dated post, this one elegantly captures how and to what scale synergies can arise between DApps due to the openness of public blockchains and smart contracting platforms.
A fairly critical analysis of why Ether could still lose value even if Ethereum becomes globally successful. An interesting take on the relationship between price, value created and value captured.
An insightful post that delves deep into the individual components (protocol, consensus, applications, etc.) of the Web3.0 infrastructure stack.