After all the forks of Bitcoin that have already been implemented it seems like it is not yet enough for the leading cryptocurrency and the information about more and more new forks start to appear.
For instance, Michael Matthews, a Bitcoin miner and a supporter of Bitcoin Cash as of the true vision of Satoshi Nakamoto, has recently publised a list of possible upcoming Bitcoin hard forks. We decided to investigate the forks and find out what stays behind each of them.
#Bitcoin: Upcoming Hard Forks:
- Dec 15th: Super Bitcoin (498888 block)
- Dec 23-24: Bitcoin Platinum (500000 block)
- Dec 31st: Bitcoin Uranium (block unknown)
- Jan 2nd: Bitcoin Cash Plus (501407 block)
- Date & Time Unknown: Bitcoin Silver (block unknown) pic.twitter.com/lEFvTkYiVt
— Michael Matthews (@mikerelentless) 27 November 2017
As it is stated on the website of Super Bitcoin (SBTC) it is an experiment which aims to implement promising solutions that the community has been proposing.
The Bitcoin will be forked at block 498888 and new qualities are promised to be incorporated as well. All Bitcoin holders are stated to be given one Super Bitcoin for each Bitcoin they hold for free.
— Super Bitcoin (@supersmartbtc) 15 November 2017
It is reported that instead of the traditional ICO the platform will use a new technology of IFO, which is Initial Fork Offerings. The fork is sceduled to happen on December 17 of 2017.
Bitcoin Platinum website reports that BTC Platinum uses blockchain technology to operate with no central governance or 3rd party interference and managing, issuing and maintaining bitcoins is carried out collectively by the decentralized network.
— Bitcoin Platinum (@BTCPLT) 28 November 2017
The key features of Bitcoin Platinum are stated as follows: absence of pre-mine, GPU mining and SegWit2x technology. The announcement regarding Bitcoin Platinum hard fork also appeared on Bitcointalk.
Bitcoin Platinum (codename BTCPLT) is a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain that should occur at block height 496525, on December 12 of 2017.
UPDATED: On December 11 it came to light that Bitcoin hard fork Bitcoin Platinum turned out to be a Scam created by a South Korean teenager in order to manipulate Bitcoin prices.
The news regarding Bitcoin Uranium firstly appeared on Bitcointalk on October 25 of 2017. The key features of Bitcoin Uranium are stated as follows: a new Proof-Of-Work algorithm Equihash to allow GPU/CPU mining, intolerance of ASICs, total supply of 21 Million and block size of 1M.
For more details and updates about #BitcoinUranium ! Stay tuned.
— BitcoinUranium (@BitcoinUranium) 25 October 2017
The list of files and documents was also published on GitHub. The hard fork is due to come live on December 31 of 2017.
Bitcoin Cash Plus
While Bitcoin Cash network received a hard fork upgrade not too long ago, this currency has nothing to do with it whatsoever. As it is stated on the website Bitcoin Cash Plus is assumed to be provided to Bitcoin holders through an airdrop, which is scheduled to occur on 501,407 block. No one really knows how this airdrop will occur, as it is not a direct hard fork of the existing code.
#BitcoinCashPlus New Crypto Currency is scheduled to launch for January 2nd,2018
— Bitcoin Cash Plus (@bitcoincashplus) 12 November 2017
Anyway the GitHub link does not provide any repositories. The testnet launch of Bitcoin Cash Plus is scheduled for December 12 and the launch of new cryptocurrency is scheduled for January 2 of 2018.
At the same day when Bitcoin Gold fork appeared from the BTC Blockchain, the developers of Bitcoin Silver wrote on the Bitcointalk forum that they plan to make Bitcoin mining decentralized again. As they state, Bitcoin Silver will have a full replay protection to secure users’ coins from being spent by accident, a new proof-of-work algorithm, and the method of its distribution will be the same as was used by Bitcoin Cash, all BTC private keys holders will receive Bitcoin Silver on the rate of 1 BTC = 1 BTSI.
“Introducing Bitcoin Silver (BTCS)” https://t.co/hYP8wqD9AS
— Bitcoin Silver (@BitcoinSilver1) 14 October 2017
The date, time and block of Bitcoin Silver still remain unknown.
Meanwhile, members of the community express their uncertainty about the information of most of the upcoming Bitcoin forks and do not take statements seriously, considering them a joke.
Reddit.com users comments towards upcoming Bitcoin forks
Whether the information about the upcoming Bitcoin forks continues to appear, it is hard to predict the future of Bitcoin blockchain and its splits and only time will show how many hard forks will actually be implemented.