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The Blockchain’s Strategic Calling: What Is It?

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Just like the Web’s own trajectory, blockchain’s path will include replacing existing businesses, or modifying them, while ultimately creating new businesses that didn’t exist before. But what is blockchain technology’s strategic calling? What will it be remembered for 10 years from now?

Visions of Bitcoin

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What is Bitcoin & what should it become? Find out the dominant narratives that have characterized Bitcoin throughout its 9-year history. From an e-cash proof of concept to an anonymous darknet currency and more.

Crypto Utopia

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Analysis from Autonomous tracks the complex themes developing within the crypto economy. It explores the crypto landscape over the past year and the status quo for crypto funds, ICOs, and the regulation that governs them.

What do we mean by “blockchains are trustless”?

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Preethi Kasireddy: Blockchains are often described as “trustless” systems. However, the term “trustless” is ambiguous, confusing, and inaccurate. Blockchains don’t actually eliminate trust but minimize the amount of trust required from any single actor.

The Truth about Smart Contracts

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Jimmy Song: Much like the words blockchain, AI & cloud, smart contract is one of those phrases that get a lot of hype. But is this hype deserved? Smart contracts are easy to screw up, difficult to secure, and have too many external dependencies to work for most things.

Monetary Policy in the Digital Age

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Dong He, director at the IMF explores monetary policy in the digital age. What will happen to central banks if the current limitations afflicting crypto assets are overcome and adoption goes mainstream?

The State of Cryptocurrency Mining

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David Vorick: An in-depth analysis of the current state of cryptocurrency mining. With heavy miner centralization and ASIC resistance a lost cause, what will happen to protocols and decentralized communities in the near future?

Let’s Destroy Bitcoin

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A provocative article from the MIT Tech Review which outlines three ways in which Bitcoin could be brought down, co-opted, or made irrelevant. Can you guess which three scenarios could make Bitcoin useless and redundant?

Monetary Morphogenesis

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Monetary-morphogenesis.org: Ever since human societies evolved beyond small, gift-exchange or barter communities they have relied on centrally planned systems of money and credit. But now, the Internet, social networks, and Blockchain ledgers have provided the necessary tools for the development of powerful decentralized systems of money & credit.

The Five Keys to Crypto Evolution

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Daniel Jeffries: Now that the circus has finally left town, the crypto community can get back to doing the hard work of building the future in peace and quiet. It won’t be easy but here are the five keys to crypto evolution.

Making Sense of Cryptoeconomics

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Coindesk: Cryptoeconomics is widely misunderstood, despite being a crucial concept needed to understand and analyze the blockchain industry. This article by Josh Stark aims to explain cryptoeconomics in clear, simple terms.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

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New York Times: An insightful article by Steven Johnson about the big picture future of blockchain. Although the blockchain space is driven by greed, the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.

The Token Classification Framework

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While people have spent billions of dollars on cryptographic tokens, understanding of the different token types is still limited. Check out this multi-dimensional tool for understanding and classifying crypto tokens.

ICO/Token Sale Mania

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Autonomous Next: What is an ICO? How do they work? In which ways will this new funding mechanism based on distributed-ledger technology displace traditional markets for public and private investment?

Why Is Bitcoin Valuable?

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Hackernoon: On almost every dimension, Bitcoin is worse than it’s centralized counterparts like Paypal or Chase. This is true not just of bitcoin but almost all decentralized cryptocurrency protocols. So why is bitcoin valuable? Why are other decentralized applications valuable?

Cryptocurrency U.S. Law Guide

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Keep up to date with all the legal developments around crypto. Bitcoin Law Hub provides useful summaries of U.S. crypto law covering everything from AML & bankruptcy to securities and tax.

Blockchain + Supply Chain Throwdown

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Sweetbridge Inc: Watch Ethereum strategist & blockchain advisor Vinay Gupta and Sweetbridge CEO Scott Nelson discuss the history and future of money, banking and cryptocurrency, supply chains, global economics, asset liquidity and how value can be realized through innovations in blockchain, IoT, AI and 3D printing.

Fundamental Challenges With Public Blockchains

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Preethi Kasireddy: There’s no question that blockchain technology has enormous potential. However, there’s a flipside that isn’t getting enough attention: blockchains have several major technical barriers that make them impractical for mainstream use today.

Making sense of this year’s outrageous ICOs

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Venturebeat: Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have raised a tremendous amount of capital in 2017. The numbers seem absolutely absurd for projects that are essentially seed stage investments, but the markets are not completely irrational.

Cryptoeconomics In Context

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Hackernoon: For people looking for a way to understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and everything else your technology friends and questionable investment advisors are saying, cryptoeconomics is the place to start.

Is Technology Killing Capitalism?

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Institute for New Economic Thinking: Tune in to this wide-ranging discussion that touches on how crypto-currencies are changing the very basics of a macro-economic system currently controlled by central banks, the potential for blockchain technology to shift economic decision making away from centralized government control, and much more.

Ethereum to ICOs: You’re Doing It Wrong

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Coindesk: “Grotesque” might not be the word you’d think ethereum developers would ascribe to today’s ICO scene. But that’s exactly how some of the platform’s ardent supporters described the current state of affairs.

A Letter to Jamie Dimon

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Chain Inc: It’s easy to believe cryptocurrencies have no inherent value. Or that governments will crush them. It’s also becoming fashionable to believe the opposite: that they will disrupt banks, governments, and Silicon Valley giants once and for all. Neither extreme is true. The reality is nuanced and important.

Vitalik Buterin on Tokens 1.0

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Hacked.com: Vitalik expects most of tokens to crash and burn sooner rather than later. But the future of cryptocurrency is expected to be much brighter as investors and developers learn from ‘Tokens 1.0’ and usher in the next wave of cryptos with ‘Tokens 2.0.’

Are we in an ICO bubble?

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Bloomberg: Only about one out of 10 tokens issued in initial coin offerings is in use following the sales. The low rates of use could have big ramifications with regulators likely to scrutinize startups.

Gamifying the Delivery of Money – Daniel Jeffries

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The work of gamifying the delivery of money is a race against time. If we don’t move fast, centralized cryptocurrencies will take the lead and crush any hope we have for taking back our rights and our privacy. The same systems that can free us can enslave us.