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Life in the future cap. 1: Local economy

Life in the future cap. 1: Local economy

Detached facts about IOTA are certainly helpful in order to develop a fundamental understanding of the coming paradigm shift, but the real effect of innovation is hard to grasp when we do not see these changes in action.
The following series of five stories aims to promote the understanding that is perhaps indispensable in order to see the bigger picture alongside hype and entertaining price bulimia we see every day in the cryptosphere.
In 2036 I imagine a different world than we know today.
If the focus is set correctly, the vision of the future gives hope for better conditions, which will not only improve the quality of life but will also change the world at the level of socio-economics.
It certainly makes sense at this point to define focal points that we read again and again in the area of IOTA. Focal points of problems that must and can be improved through this innovation.

-A local economy, -the new mobility, -a sustainable energy-usage, -barrier-free transactions of values and also -the hard democracy.

Capital 1. Local economy

Isn’t it ironic that huge furniture stores talk about a cozy appartement, about familiar space and our personal home, but fly in their goods from Kazakhstan, Brazil, and China in order to build a cupboard that looks the same in every shop and country?

Isn’t it counter-intuitive that we talk about sustainability when we buy apples from our own country but warehouses store them in cooled-down environments so that they can be offered against the season of their harvest and thus consume more Co² than when they are shipped in by huge container ships from Argentina?

Isn’t it an ecological tragedy and unnecessary potential for conflict when we transport fossil fuels such as gas and oil over thousands of kilometers, thereby undermining the recipients’ independence and supporting providers in their autocracy?

The future should be smarter than that. And by this one should not only mean the interconnectedness in the Internet of everything, but also the way we deal with it.
The neighborhood of the future will become more autonomous.
Solar collectors and collected rainwater on the roof, direct current energy storage in the basement, efficient insulation and a sharing zone which is shared between neighbors complete a settlement that could be far away from the industry that puts a strain on our environment today.
Within the sharing zone, there is a multi-story greenhouse which, thanks to sensor technology and fog-computing, enables efficient work that grants basic food supply with the aid of subsistence farming. These things are not necessarily free. The incentive to work, earn and buy groceries, also the costs for the products can all be a part of local, distributed micro-economies.
At the heart of the sharing zone is a 3D printer with the size of a garage that can be used to produce furniture, components, and tools of all kind.
Electronic components can also be printed so that the neighborhood can add blueprints at any time to produce the needed things for maintenance or construction.
The 3D printers of the future can be filled with residual waste, plastics and wood waste, so that an endless recycling system allows the re-use of old objects that as a result neither pollute nature nor promote industrial obsolescence.
These technologies combined allow a higher standard of living, which is based on the interconnectedness of the world and shared knowledge. These systems are fail-safe by design due to their decentralized and distributed nature. In the end of the day that would mean a vast improvement of ecological conditions.
The required transfer protocol for tamperproof data or values enables a sharing economy that establishes more than just the basic supply of infrastructure, such as food or goods. And no intermediaries hinder progress by forcing transaction fees or taxes onto the people.

This development does not prevent or prohibit an additional industrial production of innovations and goods but promotes a radically more sustainable approach that induces fundamental improvements of the quality of life on a global level and can also prevent negative impacts on the macro-climate. As borderless innovations, these could solve issues all over the world.
The local economy makes use of simplicity and autonomy so that the reduction of unnecessary infrastructure and material supplies reduces external dependency, which then prevents negative influence that could be caused by surrounding forces or nations.

Of course, there are limits to this autonomy.
Medical supplies, education, spezialized technology won’t be available everywhere, but this is not about going back to feudal structures, rather about optimizing the redundant systems we have today.
Urban citizens and culturally interested people may be drawn into agglomerations so that these neighborhood clusters would have less space on the ground to ensure this kind of economy based on subsistence. Smart and green cities that grow upwards could, therefore, provide the needed space.

Green building concept. Source: T.R.Hamzah et.al

These ideas are not new, but they fail because of simple things like air quality in city centers.

What needs to be done

Regulations and stricter controls can rarely improve these issues, as they are the dirty byproduct of combustion engines which are still used everywhere, for obvious reasons.
One answer to this will be the new mobility, which is integrated into the overall concept of smart cities. No combustion, more autonomous vehicles, less pollution, and an efficient use of transportation.
Subsistence farming means we rely on the surrounding parameters of the environment. Sensors in private ownership can solve two problems there.
First: It solves how we can deploy all these systems and secondly: private ownership ensures that data belongs to the people which can then monetize their efforts.
The use of DLT’s in all of this is one of the major benefits in terms of privacy and the handling and commerce of data.

Next month, May 2018, the European Union sets strict rules about the dealing with data, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
This is a major step into the right direction as companies such as Facebook or Google still use their customers data for their own purposes only.
The GDPR forces companies to an improvement, while it gives the ownership of data back to its creator. Because as we all know, data is the new oil.
We also need to ensure that the biodiversity is positively influenced rather than completely erased where we live, if we want to use real sustainability.
Heavy diesel vehicles and private vehicles are the biggest problems for an improving biodiversity in the green city centers, today.
A well-thought-out public transportation system and additionally a flexible delivery system (with autonomous vehicles and drones) can remedy this situation in the future, at least partially. Heavy transportation will likely still use fossile fuels.

Of course, this should not take away the option of owning one’s own vehicle, but even these should not use combustion engines that pollute the lungs of all inhabitants of a city with nitrogen oxides. And if, then we need to develop technology that vastly reduces the negative impact.
These ideas are not meant to force socialism or communism onto the people, on the contrary. It’s a new system: a zero margin economy as Jeremy Rifkin described.
To sum up, we need the new technology and infrastructure deployed and a general rethinking when it comes to ownership. We need the political metiér to adjust to the new challenges, especially because they usually only think in timeframes of one legislation. And finally, a technological acceptance in society that can connect all of the mentioned solutions.

Luckily, the last 18 years have shown how fast and strong innovations can work. As we are in a time of infrastructural change already, new energy sources are emerging, corporations are restructuring towards e-mobility, and people are actively adapting to their environment. A progress that looks subtle, but changed everything in 18 years. Renewable energy, vegetarism, less consumption and stricter ecological rules for the industry are some mentionable changes that arrived in society.

But is that time-span till 2036 enough to adjust to the new requirements of a smart world, globalisation and the climate change?
18 years ago there was no social media, no smartphones, no 3D printers, no data-clouds, and also no electric vehicles that are able to interact with the surrounding technology.
In 2000, the statistical majority of houses in the western world were supplied with the Internet for the first time. With dial-up modems.
In the year 2000, it was still possible to get lost, there were no map services like Google maps, Google Earth or Openmaps.
No Twitter, no Youtube, no Facebook, no Wi-Fi. Email was the new thing. 18 years are unimaginably long in terms of innovation.
The next 18 years have the advantage that the world is already connected, and the innovations are here. Now, we need to use them in a secure, fast and decentralized way.

In hindsight of all those changes that are about to come, we need to prepare for radical changes in our personal life which are necessary.

But this isn’t just a change we can observe, we are in the center of it.

In the next part, I will discuss the new mobility which embedds into this vision of a smarter way of living.

 

Q revealed! IOTA foundation developed incredible stylish monocles

Q revealed! IOTA foundation developed incredible stylish monocles

Berlin.

The news is spreading.
Q, the mysterious project surrounding IOTA has finally been revealed.
After years of work, the IOTA Foundation finally announced that Q is a monocle.

The project has been financed by all ICO investors and the generous community members that donated 5% of all available tokens to the IOTA Foundation.

Developers said that the revealed project is about to the change the world and frankly, they didn’t overstate the exciting announcement.
The IOTA monocle is incredible. Also the resemblance to a Q. How puristic.
The IOTA foundation decided to advertise the fresh accessory everywhere.

As a first start, we decided to run a Q advertisement on the Timesquare in New York because we believe that Q will change the way of living.” David Sønstebø stated.

IOTA Q at the Nasdaq Marquee on the Timesquare

 

Apart from this object of art, the Foundation created several different versions of it.

But for now, we only have a test-version available, that will be replaced by the main-version pretty soon.

Until then, we will advertise it everywhere because we truly believe that this will be beneficial for everyone.

And let me tell you that we are really changing the world as we know it, the world is not anymore the way it used to be, no no no” a mysterious anonymous insider advisor to the Foundation commented via email.

We at THE T▲NGLER are completely blown away.

No one could expect such an incredible development.

We expect that IOTA will fly to position no.1 on coinmarketcap.com very soon, as the demand for stylish developed assets is extremely high these days.

Full Emails of Ethan Heilman and the Digital Currency Initiative with the IOTA Team leaked

Full Emails of Ethan Heilman and the Digital Currency Initiative with the IOTA Team leaked

To my surprise I just received full access to the emails between the Digital Currency Initiative of the MIT Media Lab and the IOTA Foundation after I offered anonymous sources full disclosure over my blog.

I publish the letters “as is” without editing or changing the content at all.

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Controversial IOTA. Nine heavy questions answered.

Controversial IOTA. Nine heavy questions answered.

Cryptoland is innovative, interesting, filled with opportunities, drama, unbelievable stories and fraud. We love it.

The ongoing list of scam-attempts, hacks, thefts, and inside-jobs, though, is part of the daily life -both entertaining and hair-raising.

Decentralized systems enable opportunities for bad parties, one cannot even imagine in the world behind the computer, and yet, we all believe in them.

When legitimate companies decide to collaborate with one of the ~1500 crypto-projects out there, it’s a good sign that things are going in the right direction, but to be honest: most of these companies are still learning about distributed ledgers, so they are merely a positive indicator for the answer of the question: is my money safe?

There are too many cases when these collaborations ended in a fiasco and the devs ran away with the funds. Since bleeding edge tech isn’t audited, and mostly unregulated, we have no bulletproof insurance that the persons involved are good-hearted and acting in the name of progression.

You’re on tangleblog.com, and I write about IOTA like I perceive it, so naturally, things are drawn in a positive way here.

The reason is simple: I believed in the vision before I invested, and now I give them my full support -which, of course, means nothing to smart investors from outside.

Due diligence is the most valuable currency of traders and investors, and also for companies that decide to give IOTA a chance.

The last weeks, however, have shown that there is nothing to fear and that I obviously backed on the right horse. What a year!

Time to sum up the latest evidence that IOTA is a legitimate project, that has the potential to change everything.

IOTA works differently as blockchains in my regards, it’s just a matter of customer habits, that a lot of people doubt the technology, they don’t know, yet.

Therefore, I’d like to sum up a few spicy questions, that have been going around for quite some time.


  1. What about the alleged cryptographic vulnerability in the IOTA signing algorithm, the “MIT”-scientists wrote about?
  2. I heard negative things about the coordinator, what is it?
  3. What about the incentive to run a full node? Does the network find enough supporters?
  4. Is IOTA truly free to use?
  5. What about the bad usability of the wallet?
  6. Why is IOTA still not listed on Bittrex, Poloniex, and Kraken?
  7. There are reports that people have been hacked. What about that?
  8. I waited 20 hours to get a withdrawal from an exchange? Is this IOTA?
  9. If companies and projects don’t need tokens for data-transfer, how does the token gain value?

 

1. What about the alleged cryptographic vulnerability in the IOTA signing algorithm, the “MIT” -scientists wrote about.

 

What a great show! The headline on Forbes and several other magazines alone were incredibly catchy and held back countless companies and investments -that’s for sure.

That the alleged vulnerability wasn’t in effect, that no funds were ever at risk, that the testing conditions were ludicrous, and that everyone involved acted with a conflict of interest, wasn’t part of that article by Amy Castor.

But in mine: https://www.tangleblog.com/2017/09/13/competitors-amy-castor-tale-reputation-usage-discredit-campaign/

Since then, a second article from the Digital Currency Initiative of the MIT Media Lab left many believers speechless, as the allegations were clouded in unsubstantial criticism.

The IOTA foundation then decided to respond to the matter at hand and they included a list of conflict of interests.

As part of a natural decision process, you should read all parts in order to draw a conclusion.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The not so responsible “responsible disclosure” was lead by Neha Narula of the MIT Media Lab. I’ve received several direct messages from Harvard and the MIT since then, that my research was accurate.

As for the future: The IOTA foundation decided to hire independent professionals (www.cybercrypt.dk), to work on the mentioned signing algorithm, in order to legitimize their efforts and to develop a working and smart solution.

Please read the blog-post of IOTA to understand how serious the efforts of the IOTA foundation are.

To draw my conclusion:

-IOTA is working as intended

-There is no vulnerability, the funds of investors were and are 100% safe at any time.

-Independent cryptographers, in addition to the competent IOTA team, are working on the maintenance and security of the tangle

-Competing projects try to slow down IOTA’s progress

-In order to get an unbiased opinion, investors should take their time and view all evidence to understand that forces are working in combined efforts to harm IOTA.

Up to this day and after repeated requests from the IOTA team, the DCI team has still not released any exploit code publicly.

-This is how the crypto-community thinks about it: https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/7svr8r/mit_media_lab_dci_allegations_proven_wrong_iotas/?sort=confidence

 


2. I heard negative things about the coordinator, what is it?

Maybe the most controversial discussed topic in the IOTA ecosystem.

A node, in possession of the IOTA foundation, that is setting milestones, and that is used to take away the money from the people?

Bollocks. First of all, read the transparency compendium by the IOTA foundation.

The coordinator is training wheels for the juvenile network and has solely the task to set milestones as a Sybil-attack resistance, nothing else. Also, if people want to code referencing nodes themselves, they can do it, because the knowledge is out there, but people just did not do it yet, hence the importance of the security measure “coordinator”.

Needless to say: the foundation, which is officially registered in Germany as a non-profit organization, under German law, will not exploit it. They would stop their complete venture, which makes zero sense.

Luckily, we humans, sometimes, have a brain and can handle imperfect situations for the greater good.
So here is my personal opinion as someone that is part of the IOTA community for a long time:
I do trust these peoples, I know them for 2 years, they are nothing but progressive and eager, so I’d rather chose them over a world, where people just try to exploit everything they can. Including temporary solutions that aim for security.
Because it is necessary.
In a few months, when the hash power is big enough, the training wheels can be taken away step by step and the bad actors cannot attack the network with a Sybil-attack anymore.
That is a trade I’m willing to make, as someone that doesn’t like an inefficient Bitcoin et. al., that doesn’t like the waste of mining electricity and the hypocrisy of the whole cryptoland, because what matters is innovation and not a useless buzzword a la “decentralization” that won’t matter soon.

 

3. What is the incentive to run a full node? Does the network find enough supporters?

It’s been a while since I wrote my article about the incentives. Many things have happened until then.

The number of full-nodes has been steadily increased and estimates say we are at approx. 5000 but there is yet no way to pinpoint the number.

With the help of Zoran and the audience of my Sonntagsplausch and Sunday banter, we managed to add an additional number of ~400 full nodes to the existing base.

The people obviously believe in the technology and are willing to spend their time and money on it, even without compensation.

A good source to set up your own full node is IOTA.partners

But there are other mentionable ventures.

Roman Semko from Semko development in Leipzig, Germany, is creating an ecosystem for the improvement of the Tangle topology.

Carriota, Nelson, and Bolero are brand-names of his proprietary software, that is running on top of IOTA, a layer that enables connections between all other Nelson participants and the Tangle itself.

Bolero even goes a step further in creating an easy 5-step installation of a full node that connects to the Nelson Network.

This solution works as a supplement which is wrapped around the Tangle. Its effects are quite helpful, especially because it significantly lowers the entry barrier for people that want to help.

His solutions are on the website http://www.carriota.com/ and in Github 

We know that several cities and companies research the tangle for their business models.

Cities like Taipei, Tokio or Haarlem are creating clusters in the Tangle network, that rely on several hundred full nodes, which are added to the high number very soon.

We heart that argument very often: IOTA cannot work, there is no incentive.

They were wrong!

 

4. Is IOTA truly free to use?

That is a matter of taste.

In terms of transaction fees, yes. IOTA has no transaction fees. You send one cent from Japan, the guy in Brazil gets one cent.

However, you need to keep in mind that there must be a spam mechanism to prevent malicious parties from flooding the network.

Therefore a low proof of work algorithm has been added as an anti-Sybil-mechanism.

That is a countermeasure because a system like IOTA will always be targeted in order to try a double-spending attack.

There is practically no way to perform such an attack successfully, but that doesn’t stop some antagonists to attack the network anyway.

Mostly in order to slow down public nodes to make it look like IOTA wouldn’t work. That is a side effect of using the light-node system: you have to rely on your light node provider.

A full node has a way better user experience.

To conclude: IOTA is free to use, but the proof of work is necessary to protect the funds. There are no fees other than tiny amounts of electricity.

Compared to Bitcoin as the one cryptocurrency which is known the most, you had to pay ~$15 or more to send your amount.

Try to send 15 times one cent from your position to Brazil and compare the added transaction fees from Bitcoin and the electrical costs of IOTA’s marginal PoW.

$225 vs 0.0001 cents for electricity.

IOTA is as free as it gets.

 

5.  What about the bad usability of the wallet?

Before I get into that, I want to point out IOTA’s take on that, that has been repeated numerous times.

IOTA is made for the machine economy. Since competition and time are issues that are taken very seriously, the focus of the limited resources of the IOTA foundation lays, therefore,  in creating a protocol, the research of the technology, collaborations, and simulations.

Take a look around and compare IOTA with other projects that have a different approach: Byteball, Raiblocks(Nano), Pascalcoin.

The usability is higher in all of them, but they lack research, collaborations, simulations and a clear vision of how and where they want to solve problems. One of them received help from IOTA co-founder Sergey Ivancheglo because he found flaws in their system and helped them to correct the issues. Responsible disclosure done right – no FUD, no malice.

IOTA lacks usability and an easy to use wallet because they focused on getting Bosch, Volkswagen, Fujitsu on board. The list of collaborations and business connections is already too long to list them in one article, but it’s hard to deny that IOTA chose the way of success and adoption.

The Trinity wallet of the University College London around Dr. Navin Ramachandran, Charly Varley and a few other developers is the solution for the usability issues people communicated.

It will include an automated re-attach functionality, an address-re-use protection, a secure seed generator, and better UI. Critical issues that are problems of the Wallet that is in use right now.

This will take a few weeks, but from then on other projects have no advantage in terms of usability anymore.

Investments in the cryptocurrency sphere are often directly connected to the expectation value of an asset.

If the usability of IOTA is improved vastly, what do you expect?

 

6. Why is IOTA still not listed on Bittrex, Poloniex, and Kraken?

There are 5 reasons.

  1. Cryptoland has seen a tsunami of new registrations, ERC20 tokens, ICO’s, DDoS attacks.
    Exchanges need to compensate for all of that. Nothing is ensured or given, this is an ecosystem in development.
  2. IOTA is not easy to implement and maintain. The IOTA foundation develops the IXI, a library that makes it easier to implement IOTA on exchanges.
    The special abilities of IOTA need special treatment, therefore, we still see just a handful exchanges. Still. Bitfinex, Coinone, Binance, and Okex are not bad when we think about the circumstances.
  3. The focus of the Foundation on collaborations, adoption, research etc.
  4. The mentioned exchanges are regulated especially the US-based companies. Adding new cryptocurrencies is not easy under the new regulations.
  5. There are other, more important markets than cryptocurrency exchanges. The IOTA foundation lately talked about the possibility of adding IOTA to the stock market. This would mean that IOTA had access to regulated, legit funds, companies and traders all over the world. A very helpful company in that regard is the Advanced Blockchain AG in Germany.

 

7. There are reports, that people have been hacked. What’s that about?

That is a misconception that has been created by the yellow press and blogging landscape of cryptoland.

IOTA has never been hacked. Seeds cannot just randomly be found. The possible combinations of seeds in the IOTA Tangle are higher than all atoms in the observable universe. This is not just a phrase, it’s a fact.

If people lose their money, it’s mostly because they used a rigged online seed generator, or they gave someone access to their seed in other ways.

As long as only you know your seed, and no one has access to it, your funds are 100% save.

 

8.  I waited 20 hours to get a withdrawal from an exchange? Is this IOTA?

No. That’s a combination of 3 things. Your expectation, IOTA’s usability, and that exchanges are struggling to handle the insane numbers of requests by their user-base.

IOTA is pretty young, special, focused on corporal adoption. You shouldn’t expect it to be like consumer software with steady support and service.

The usability makes it look like IOTA is slow and broken, the truth is that if you know the appropriate solutions to issues, it almost always works, depending if the network is working as intended or not.

Attacks, snapshots, and improvements forced the developers numerous times to halt the coordinator or to upgrade the full nodes. That will improve vastly in the future, as the growing network ensure that the coordinator will be removed eventually and snapshots will be performed locally.

Exchanges will handle IOTAs deposits and withdrawals way better in the near future, as the IXI hub is in its final stages of development.

All 3 reasons considered, IOTA has a bright future in terms of user experience.

 

9. If companies and projects don’t need tokens for using the tangle, how does the token gain value?

A question that has been asked many times lately.

Remember that IOTA has basically 2 functionalities:

a) send data

b) send values

When companies use the IOTA data marketplace for selling their sensor-output, they use both functions as they offer their data and on the other hand, demand just a few iotas for each data-package.

How would they get paid, if the costs of the information are at a fraction of a cent? With a credit card or PayPal?

No. The established payment options cannot be used for micropayments. That is the whole idea of a machine economy.

Machines get a wallet and get paid for their work, especially when microtransactions are needed, such as electric vehicle charging.

For that, you need iotas, the currency of IOTA.

The total supply is limited, therefore rises in value the more real-world use-cases are built around it.

The IOTA foundation stated, that companies that are working with IOTA are “forced” to use iotas and not a “tokenized asset” on top of the tangle, to ensure that the value of the iotas will be secured.

If a company decides to only use the data transaction, they still support the system with proof of work and a better confirmation rate.


Most importantly: The IOTA foundation is a non-profit organization (gemeinnützige Stiftung) under German law, registered in Berlin.

That means that the founders and developers of the foundation are working transparently in favor of society to be “gemeinnützig” – serving the public good.

This major step into mass adoption and building a trustworthy standard for the Internet of Things shouldn’t be forgotten.

Their latest efforts in creating educational blog posts on their official medium blog should shed light on many uncertainties.

Blockchains, Bandwagons and Chances.

Blockchains, Bandwagons and Chances.

We believe that the economy works best when it works for everyone, and this new platform is an engine for inclusionDon Tapscott,  ‎Alex Tapscott in Blockchain Revolution

The majority of active members in Cryptoland share this vision, one way or another. It’s quite rare to see that people are in complete agreement, in unison, when it comes to innovation and possible prospects of a technology.

It seems like the field of Blockchains is such a rare case.

8 years ago, 2009, when Satoshi uploaded his whitepaper for the Bitcoin, nobody knew what a Blockchain is.

Bitcoin? Isn’t that this weird Internet money? A way to buy drugs, anonymity, emancipation, a way past the banks. Who knows.

The last years have shown, that these decentralized peer to peer systems can be helpful in many regards.

We can share information, values or we can make contracts, and no one needs to rely on the authenticity of a signature, made by the contractors, bank employees or whoever is part of the deal.

We also can become millionaires in a blink of an eye.

The Blockchain seems to be an overwhelmingly potential thing, and people start to realize that this piece of technology is here to stay.

We all had this moment when we met old friends and we talked about our career, hobbies, what are you doing right now?

Blockchains

At this point, we do not explain all 1471 cryptocurrencies. We also don’t explain proof of stake, BIP148, hashes, or scalability. But we boil it down to: “a great new technology, that could be beneficial for all of us“.

Yes -eventually, Blockchains or distributed ledger technologies (DLT) will shape the technological landscape of the future for the better.

Over the last years, the great vision of blockchains was dyed in humanity. 

You can easily check for yourself: go to Twitter and look for #bitcoin , #ethereum or #iota and read the first 20 tweets.

It seems like reality in social media channels doesn’t reflect the great vision of a future, built on blockchains, that we all believe in.

Bitcoin is great, who needs Ethereum?

IOTA is a scam, fuck those altcoins!

If I were you, I would invest in Pumpcoin, you heard it here first. 

The homo oeconomicus dominates the majority of communication of Blockchains. We do believe in Blockchains, as long as it is our Blockchain, we invested in.

What hypocrisy.

The reason isn’t really mindblowing.

People know that the cryptocurrency-tsunami of investments will be a stepstone for a new generation of millionaires, and they also believe that the more they communicate and advertise, the higher the chances are that they are surfing straight into the six and seven digit Dollar club.

That, of course, doesn’t tell us anything about the technological perks, the technical quality of the system they are cheering for.

We can replace all those tweets, texts and messages with “Buy ***coin, make me rich, please”.

That works in 99% of all cases. At this point, I recommend you go to Twitter and look for #bitcoin: Link.

And there are millions a day. Cryptocurrency/Blockchains have become “the game of pump“.

The incentive of earning money is way higher than supporting the technology itself.

That leads to the neverending brigading, FUD’ing and lying, regardless of the truth.

It also leads to forks, mining conglomerates, and divided communities.

People create useless forks, they create special vocabulary that sounds meaningful, or they write long, technical blog posts where they compare the old system with their new, better Blockchain with a fancy logo or a quote of a renowned person, that vouches for the upcoming initial coin offering (ICO).

People collect hundreds of millions of Dollars, for a 5 head developer-team.

The innovation, luckily, doesn’t take place in social media channels and is not equivalent to the initial amount of investments. It happens behind closed curtains because partnerships are behind NDA’s, in most cases.

If you invest in Blockchains, invest in the technology, the team, the prospects and the advantages it has over others, despite what social media writes on a Thursday in November.

If you follow social media channels, you may take short-term gains, that are based on emotional market-reactions, but the best strategy is looking for the best tech, your favorized project and to hold onto it. For years, if necessary.

This is not a cheerful article for IOTA, this is just a reminder, that we should not lose the aim for all of this. This is greater than our purse, so let’s not reduce it to a Kardashian’esque reality soap.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to times, when exchanges, ICO’s and crypto-industries are regulated by governments. Yes. Governments. They are here to stay anyway. Maybe for taking part in the technical and neutral maintenances of these systems, while they provide 10% of the hashpower for earning parts of the currency.

A self-sustaining task, that would fit the government while people and companies could use these distributed systems for their purposes.  Just an idea of a solution for a disrupting innovation. Same could work with banks. They couldn’t stop the network, but they could become a useful part of it.

We need to accept banks and governments because unregulated systems lead to game-theoretical circle jerking, where everyone works for himself.

Why? Because the image of Satoshi’s vision implied improvement of life, emancipation for the people, we either believe in it, or we reduce that to a flowery phrase that fits right into the buzzword banter of investors.

He didn’t want to create a playground for ludicrous investors, cryptocurrency casino web pages, pump & dump groups or emotional discussions on Reddit, that are solely aiming for changing the sentiment of a cryptocurrency.

What we need is an education for our future. A solid comprehension for the possibilities of cryptocurrencies, not investment wise.

Bitcoin is already used in countless countries. The value of a BTC is over $7000, as I’m writing. Is the value of one bitcoin important? Not for the innovation.

Apart from the price that holds investors captive, Bitcoin is used as a standard currency already. Over 330 ATM all over the world make it possible to use Bitcoin in people lifes on a daily basis.

Currencies are one field, technological advances for the producing industry is another.

These technologies are not just objects of an investment game, they are part of a paradigm shift on a global scale.

Foxconn already communicated that ~300.000 of their 400.000 workers are replaced by machines in the near future. Distributed ledger technologies are on the verge of being used everywhere. 

The World Economy Forum in Davos hosted presentations and discussions for over 2500 managers, thought leaders and scientists.

They debated about networking, big data, robotics, automation, artificial intelligence and the Internet Of Things. Better known as Industry 4.0.

Ask any company, bank, government for the importance and disruptive impact magnitude of distributed ledger technologies. They already know that for years.

The Deutsche Bank released parts of an internal study with an intimidating result: For the first time in industrial times, an industrial revolution will destroy workplaces instead of creating them.

A heavy transformation for industry and society.

We don’t need Tradingview, bots for margin trading, or hashtags with edgy love-declarations for a coin.

We need solutions, to integrate these systems in the financial and industrial infrastructures, to embrace the coming century.

This enabler tech could bring basic wealth for every region on the globe, it could transform the energy sector, revolutionize the sharing or exchanging of value, it could enable a new, stable form of democracy and shift our society from a purely antagonistic, hedonistic, to a thriving, thinking, sustainable society.

We are taking part in interesting times that possibly change the way we live and work on a global scale, forever.

We should accept them as such and use innovation to make it happen, in the best way possible, instead of advertising innovation towards our own pockets.

Don’t get confused in the social media madhouse that chases profits.