Forbes: Fail of SegWit2x Shows Bitcoin is Digital Gold

Kyle Torpey, Bitcoin writer at Forbes believes that SegWit2x failure proves that Bitcoin is a true digital gold
13 November 2017   1190

Signatories to the New York agreement on the implementation of the Segregated Witness protocol and the increase of block size refused to implement the hardfork due to the lack of consensus within the community, and this proves that the basic bitcoin protocol is digital gold, and not just an improved version of PayPal or Visa payment systems. Kyle Torpey writes about this for Forbes.

Part of the community considers bitcoin as an asset of a new class, unattainable for governments, banks and third parties. Others consider bitcoin to be an innovative payment system.

Representatives of the first camp oppose the controversial changes in the system, in order to avoid the risk of non-fulfillment of obligations of one of the parties associated with the preservation of value in a digital asset. Their opponents see in hardfork the opportunity to increase billing performance and reduce transaction fees.

In addition, a new version of PayPal can indeed be developed on top of the basic bitcoin protocol, but only if the community stays true to the idea of ​​digital gold. Otherwise, you can not create a more secure system based on less secure.

Torpey is convinced that bitcoin is digital gold, but you can still run an improved and reliable version of PayPal on top of Bitcoin.

The most likely version of the "improved PayPal" is the Lightning Network technology, which allows you to send cached transactions using special payment channels, and not directly through the block system. In this case, the detachment acts as a "court" for resolving disputes.

In addition to the two-tier payment solution, the Lightning Network also contains a number of compromise technological characteristics in the context of centralizing confidentiality and reducing transaction costs.

For example, representatives of ZCash presented a draft of a reliable payment system on top of the bitcoin block or ZCash blockchain, which will not be able to freeze users' funds and will not know about the purpose of transactions.

Although the idea of ​​blockchain is to eliminate intermediaries, Kyle Torpey believes that, perhaps, one should think about the advisability of developing a centralized model over a decentralized basis. Such a payment system will not be able to steal users' funds, prohibit the conduct of transactions or establish surveillance over network members.

Crypto currency is not suitable for making payments, unless its liquidity is provided by those who consider it as a means of preserving value. With the growth of liquidity, the probability that one transaction will greatly affect the price of an asset decreases, as volatility decreases.

A more secure payment system will be developed precisely on the basis of a highly liquid asset.

SEC May Approve BTC ETF in 2019

This thought was told by Bill Barhydt, chief executive of bitcoin payment start-up Abra
05 September 2018   414

In an interview with CNBC, the head of Abra, Bill Barhydt, said that the SEC had not yet approved the bitcoin-ETF because the initiators of the launch of these funds "do not meet the expectations" of the agency.

I think the issue with the SEC, quite frankly, is that the people who are doing the applications don't fit mold of who the SEC is used to approving. I used to work for Goldman Sachs, but if you look at how I'm dressed you probably wouldn't know it. So I probably, unfortunately, couldn't go like I am here to a meeting at the SEC to say I'm applying for the ability to issue an ETF.
 

Bill Barhydt

CEO, Abra

According to Barhydt, the applicant must "look, smell and behave" as the SEC wants to approve the application. He also believes that the application for the launch of ETF from a reputable financial company will be approved rather than from a start-up.

He also expressed confidence that the first publicly cryptocurrency ETF will appear next year.

It's going to happen in the next year, I would actually make a bet on it. There is too much demand for it.
 

Bill Barhydt

CEO, Abra

In late August, the SEC rejected an application for the ProShares Bitcoin ETF and ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF. At the same time, a similar fate awaited several applications for the launch of Bitcoin-ETF from Direxion and GraniteShares.