Ethereum mining difficulty increased significantly

What is the reason of Ethereum's abnormal difficulty increase?
10 July 2017   21181
Ethereum

Open-source blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality, which facilitates online contractual agreements

For the last 24 hours, Ethereum mining difficulty increased by 20%. ETC mining difficulty is now almost 1208234552666986.0, this is all-time record. 

ethereum difficulty chartEthereum difficulty chart

This situation can be caused by so called "Difficulty bomb impact". 

Difficulty bomb impact
Difficulty bomb impact

Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks.

How this will affect the price of ETC in the medium and long term we cannot know. Today, 10 of July, Ethereum lost about 6% in last 24 hours. Now it's $229.

Ethereum price chart
Ethereum price chart

What is Ethereum Ice Age? 

The Ethereum Ice Age is a difficulty adjustment scheme that was put in place to ensure that everyone has an incentive to move to the new blockchain once the hard-fork is implemented. It was introduced on the 7th of September (2015-09-07), about 11 months ago and it's programmed to raise difficulty exponentially.

It's impossible for miners to keep up with the increase of difficulty which would raise block time and it would make the blockchain freeze, hence the name Ice Age.

AION to Unveil Future Plans

Foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year
06 December 2018   141

The Aion Foundation, which is responsible for the development of the protocol of the same name and collected $ 23 million in Bitcoin and Ethereum on ICO in October last year, published a report in which it shared information about its financial operations. The report was prepared with the support of Deloitte, however, it cannot formally be considered an audit.

According to the Aion Foundation CEO Matthew Spoke, the foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year. Having spent $ 10 million on launching its blockchain platform and opening offices in Canada, China and Barbados, the fund had assets of $ 14 million as of October 31 of this year, $ 5.8 million of which was placed in Fiat.

We’ve liquidated a decent amount of our bitcoin and eth that we raised as proceeds to make sure that we are stable in this type of period. As we continue to spend in our operations we’ll end up liquidating more bitcoin and eth over the course of the next few months.
 

Matt Spoke

CEO, Aion Foundation

The Aion protocol has already attracted active users, including the video game start-up ClanPlay, but Spoke claims that his company will continue to rely on hard currency.

The foundation has roughly 18 months of runway, Spock estimates, while developing his system to a level at which it can compete with centralized counterparts, such as Amazon Web Services, will take about five years. Aion expects to launch its first Java-based virtual  machine, thanks to which developers can use decentralized tools, by the second quarter of next year.

Spoke suggests that at this time his company will have to attract additional funding from cryptocurrency funds and accredited investors in exchange for their own tokens. His goal is to prevent the reduction of the team, which currently includes 61 people, and the operation of the Ethereum model of ConsenSys, a company sponsoring projects in its own ecosystem.

In the future, Aion intends to publish such reports on a quarterly basis and transfer data to the Messari network in order to increase the confidence of its tokens holders.