Category: Speculation

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.

 

Revealed Business Connections of IOTA

Revealed Business Connections of IOTA

Market capitalization of a cryptocurrency is the best indicator to show which project succeeded the most. 

…this sentence is not true.

After years of pump and dump, history has shown that only real-world adoption counts, that real connections to businesses make a difference.

To give you an idea on how far IOTA has come, I set up a list of known collaborations or business connection of IOTA.

Important: The following list also includes partnerships with members of the Decentralized Identity Foundation(DIF) and Trusted IoT Alliance,

-> so there is not necessarily a direct collaboration.

It’s just a matter of time and NDA’s that this list will grow.

What we already know is incredible, but there are some connections we don’t know yet, and considering what the IOTA foundation already has accomplished, I can only assume that this is just a fraction of what’s behind the curtains.

I, therefore, do not guarantee that this list is complete or that it’s reflecting the reality. 

This list only shows revealed business connections and is not officially approved by anyone

This list will be updated when I get new information:


Accenture (via DIF)

Alpha Venturi (via Foundation)

Augmate

Authenteq (via DIF)

Bayonet (via DIF)

Beth Israel Deaconess System (via Foundation)

BigchainDB (via DIF)

Bitse (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Blockchain Helix  (via Bundesblock)

Blockstack (via DIF)

Bloq (via DIF)

BNY Mellon (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Bosch (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Brainbot (via Bundesblock)

Bundesblock (http://t3n.de/news/blockchain-wirtschaftsstandort-831376/)

Canonical (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Ccis

Civic (via DIF)

Cisco (via TrustedIOTAlliance)

Consensys (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Consent (via DIF)

Chronicled

DANUBE Tech GMBH (via DIF)

E7 Ventures (via Foundation)

EU Commission (via Foundation)

F6S

Filament (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Foxconn (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Freeelio  (via Bundesblock)

Gemalto (via TrustedIoTAlliance

Gem (via DIF)

Gnosis (via Bundesblock)

Harvard Medical School (via Foundation)

Huawei EU (via social Media, rumors)

IBM

ID2020 (via Foundation)

IDEO (via DIF)

Innogy (via Foundation)

Imperial College London

IPDB Foundation  (via Bundesblock)

IRTSystemX

Jolocom  (via Bundesblock)

Ledger

Luxoft

Microsoft

Mooti (via DIF)

Netki (via DIF)

New Mobility Consulting

NewMobilityLab (via Foundation)

Norwegian Centre for E-Health Research(via Foundation)

Procivis  (via Bundesblock)

Olso Medtech (via Foundation)

Oslo Cancer Cluster (via Foundation)

Outlier Ventures

Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University

R3 (via DIF)

RSA (via DIF)

RSKsmart

Satoshipay

Seedlab GmbH (via Foundation)

SINTEF (via Foundation)

Skuchain (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Slock.it (via TrustedIoTAlliance)

Sovrin (via DIF)

Taqanu (via DIF)

Tierion (via DIF)

UBUNTU (via Canonical)

UC Berkely

University of Lancaster

UC London

UN (over ID2020/Foundation)

Uport (via DIF)

Whitechapel Think (via Foundation)

World Energy Council (via Foundation)

World Economy Forum (via Foundation)

ZipPower (via Foundation)


 

This list will be constantly updated, so take a look once in a while,

Limo

 

The Tangle is safe. A Commentary

The Tangle is safe. A Commentary

Preamble

This is my personal opinion, my personal blog and my personal intention to stop misinformation. Cryptoland has the habit of using every piece of information in their best interest. If you read opinions about some technological flaws and a sudden conclusion, be aware that it has been written for a reason and a purpose.
The only way to obtain an objective PoV on these things is to join slack and watch conversations and questions like the following with your own eyes.

IOTA started as a “camouflaged” project, many people argue. While this is not true (press) lot’s of people claim we have a manipulated market, a too high price and therefore many people that would like to see a lower price.
It’s just a wrong assessment because they ignore the last 3-4 years of development, of public relations, of legit companies collaborating with IOTA, a great vision, a fantastic demonstration of the scalability while stress testing the Tangle and a huge ecosystem around it. People that are claiming the latter, are denying the efforts of dozens of people over a timespan of a few years.

Read about everything and come to your own conclusion. Everything else is trivial, pointless banter of investors, doing their job.

Cryptoland-Investors don’t have judgment, they have intent.
I suggest you assess the intentions of all articles, that will come out in the next 72 hours, which are written in layman’s terms because this can’t be broken down to a few simple arguments. 


Commentary

With the Bitfinex listing of IOTA and a “sudden” positioning on #6 on Coinmarketcap.com, thousands of new people were flying into the ecosystem IOTA, asking questions and discussing the tech on every level.

Slack and Reddit have been overrun.

While it is true that IOTAs concept is not easy to comprehend in the beginning, it’s untrue, that IOTA has a vulnerability that was mentioned in a few Reddit threads.

Information of this magnitude is spreading like a wildfire, especially in cryptoland, where investors take every little piece to improve their position and to react as fast as possible.

Naturally, people with an interest in lowering the price via fear, uncertainty and doubt, FUD, to rebuy at a lower point, are already spreading their hypothesis everywhere.

As a logical result, some people already used these claims in a wrong context.

So in order to prevent this wildfire to prevail, I wrote a small summary of what has happened in Slack and how the developers addressed their solutions.

Still: It’s good and important to have solid criticism from everyone like this, and IOTA and the founders are doing good in answering all questions concerning this not too easy to understand technology.

The origin of these statements that “IOTA is vulnerable to attacks” is summarized here:

 

Concerns that MUST be addressed. from Iota

The real discussion didn’t take place on Reddit, though, but in the official IOTA slack in the #tanglemath channel.

As a sidenote: The discussed (presumably impossible) attack cannot be performed right now anyway, because the coordinator, a node that sets the milestones, is preventing anyone from attacking the tangle.
And I’d like to add here, that this is all in accordance with the roadmap to give the tangle a good start. The coordinator will be shut off in July (or when the tangle overcomes its infancy status, to prevent a 34% attack).
So no, IOTA is not a centralized ledger.

To be able to make up your own mind, you have to read the full conversation of ~80 pages.

PDF of the insightful discussion: unfiltered_convo_tangle_security_june_17

Also, the scenario was discussed “under certain conditions”. The certain conditions demand a thorough understanding of math, computational engineering, cryptography and the way the Tangle works.

The dense, hard to comprehend dialogue, had problems to get off the ground, because the definition of a global mesh-net, the availability of a supercomputer and the purpose of the attack were unclear and needed adjustment, that took over an hour time before the actual attack was more or less discussed.

These two sides were addressing their points and it wasn’t always easy to follow this constructive meant dialogue but it turned out good and will continue to do so.

David Sønstebø (Founder of IOTA, Jinnlabs), Come-from-beyond (Founder, Lead Dev of the Tangle), Dr. Popov (Founder, mathematician, and brain behind the Tangle),  Sunny Aggarwal (Berkeley Student) and Micah Zoltuh (Computer Engineer), as well as a few other developers, were discussing several specific points on the agenda: “Is a malicious person/group able to perform an attack on the tip selection algorithm, because it is possible to direct proof of work on certain tips, to pursue a double spend or to slow it down.”

The questions/statements that were derived out of this conversation are written in the Reddit post above. Again, I suggest you read the actual conversation in the given PDF.

Summary

CFB addressed the Reddit statements in a short manner (delivered by Winston because CFB is not on Reddit)

“Thanks for the questions.”

Q                      Potential for tangle orphaning as a result of tip selection, particularly by way of maliciously increased own weight.

 A                     “This is not possible since own weight is always 1. (See white paper)”

The potential necessity for fee market resulting from above concern.

  “Concern #1 is invalid, and therefore concern #2 does not apply.”

Potential for attacks during periods of low transaction volume. Potential for attack by abandoning Monte Carlo Markov Chain tip selection, and/or maliciously selecting tips.

“The tip selection algorithm doesn’t affect transactions with passed adaptation period. Before that period is over, a merchant may refuse to accept a payment (as we see now with some merchants refusing to accept Bitcoin payments with less than 3 confirmations).”

An incentive for network attacks resulting from the disparity between the growth rate of PoW and growth of network value. (Linear vs O(n2 ))

“To do a sudden 34% attack, the adversary must be omnipresent (impossible in real IoT network, impossible in our current network because it mimics IoT with mutual tethering). We assume the normal operational mode of IOTA where bandwidth is utilized at near 100% (even 90% is very improbable, bandwidth is always scarce). So, the sudden attack will affect only edge nodes which may stop being operational. In practice, the owners of the affected edge nodes will just reset them and re-adjust their blacklist table to filter out the adversary.”

“NOTE: A non-sudden “attack” is not an attack. Those transactions will be absorbed by tangle like legitimate transactions, and help to improve throughput and time to finality.”

The general weakness of Iota PoW algorithm.

“Does not apply.”


CFB added:

“Other news to report: Someone attempted a 300% attack on main net yesterday. The Tangle easily absorbed it within a few minutes and we got a nice increase in network functionality while those transactions percolated through the Tangle.

Here’s to hoping that an attacker is kind enough to hit us with a bigger attempt tomorrow so that we don’t have to pay for our 1,000 cTPS stress-test.”


 

My conclusion

The discussion was an interesting and insightful dialogue about the intrinsic functionalities and security measurements of the Tangle, although not always easy to understand. Why would I jump to conclusions then? Why would you?

It turned out, that neither under the present conditions nor under future conditions such an attack is feasible according to the devs.
The “attacker-side” didn’t present a way for an attack and furthermore, they had zero proof.

So, if anyone is losing his mind right now. Stay calm, everything is fine 🙂

If you have more issues and questions, feel free to join slack and engage a constructive discussion, which is always welcomed.

Limo

 

 

 

IOTA Exchange listing on 13th June – Preparations

IOTA Exchange listing on 13th June – Preparations

Thousands of investors, companies and the majority of the IOTA community are looking forward to it and now we have a date.

Beginning with the 13th June, in nine days, exchanges are going to list IOTA as a tradeable asset.

The official blog post of David explains the circumstances very well and incentivizes other exchanges to follow the call.

 

What can you do to prepare for this big event?

  • Follow all major exchanges on Twitter
  • Register on all major exchanges and validate your person before it starts trading IOTA, to ensure that you’re able to trade once the listing is announced.
  • Get a working Bitcoin/IOTA wallet
  • Don’t spend all IOTA on trading, just what you can afford to lose.
  • Participate in discussion in Reddit
  • You are a developer? Think about helping IOTA and earn bounties: Ecosystem Fund

 

Which Exchanges are going to list IOTA? 

We don’t know! Since IOTA is an open source NGO, there will no Exchange prioritized, so they list it on their own without the decision made by the IOTA Foundation.

According to the founders, all big exchanges are interested, that means Bitstamp, Bitfinex, Poloniex, Kraken, Bittrex, maybe also the Chinese ones like Huobi and OKcoin.

 

What prices can we expect at the beginning? 

Well, that question came up almost 20 times each day for the last months.

That depends on how the markets will react.

Will ICO investors and whales cash out, or do the new interested investors predominate, that waited for this moment for a long time?

Keep in mind that IOTA was mostly traded on YDX, the escrow based trading platform. (That stopped trading until further notice. Will start again after Exchanges listed IOTA. Presumably the 17th. )

While YDX was always a dependable and secure market, many people were afraid to lose their funds, as a consequence they didn’t invest yet.

Some companies don’t use BTC, so they likely will invest when IOTA is able to be traded for fiats like Euro or Dollar.

The current market situation is also important: Cryptoland is in a big bull market right now, either because these technologies are on the verge of mass adoption, or because it’s a periodical bull market that can also end very soon.

 

If Bitcoin suddenly changes into a bear market, the impact on altcoins and also on IOTA is pretty hard to predict.

IOTA is seen as a potential Bitcoin or Blockchain killer in general.

This originates from the undisputable technical benefits it has over common Blockchains in terms of scalability and the tremendously growing ecosystem that is already attracting the industry.

No one can predict which side wins, but we will see that very soon.

On the long run, my personal opinion is that IOTA is the best cryptocurrency to invest in.

If there are no technological flaws, we will likely see a few billion in market cap very soon. Or more.

One example of how cryptoland is reacting to good news and opportunities was Ripple, that was pumped from 250 million market cap to almost 17 billion in a timespan of only 4 months. That is insane.

For now, all we can do is read articles, compare the tech, the possibilities and keep an eye on Twitter, especially Hashtag #IOTA and #IOTAtoken -and think about the existing solutions for assets like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Are they able to resolve the rising fees, the slowly extending confirmation times or not?

IOTA is not stigmatized with the common Blockchain problems like a rising difficulty, decentralization due to big mining farms and therefore an uncertain future.

However, IOTA isn’t easy to understand at first, so maybe the majority of investors needs time to digest all these new features and perks IOTA inherits.

That being said, as an investor you have the duty to make your homework before you put your (life) savings in a cutting edge technology.

Again: don’t trade more than you can afford to lose.

Happy trading!

Limo

May Report #1

May Report #1

Since we’re on a long dry spell for a few weeks now, it’s good to hear that there is still movement if we take a closer look.

The problems of the network, that has suffered quite a bit, are caused by the reduced amount of spammers in the main network.

As mentioned again and again: the devs are stress testing the new version, so they need all available hash power to ensure its functionality and security.

That’s the right way!

That being said, if people want to support the Tangle in its current situation: set up your own full node, with fresh neighbors and spam the Tangle, even if it’s just for a few days. 

As an addition: Yassin, the private escrow from iotaexchange.com has problems to withdraw iotas because the majority of transactions won’t confirm. And the list gets longer!

There is no fraudulent or malicious intent involved. With the new version, we all get the funds laying on YDX.

When this new version is ready to be used, we will also see a new era of speed, reliability, scalability and opportunities.

Blockchains will have a very hard time when the majority of developers, companies, and investors realize the true potential of IOTA.

That moment will occur, when the stress-test results are published, IOTA hits exchanges and the people feel the speed of IOTA firsthand.

A moment everyone is looking forward to.

In the meantime, have a look at the newest changes, additions, and developments in the IOTA ecosystem.

 


Growing Community

The main Slack of IOTA, the room for development, interesting conversations, the soil of good ideas has grown to a huge number of 3000 people already.

Last week, @Eragmus uploaded a little plot with an exponential curve of all members over time.

This trend is continuing upwards as lots of people are looking for an entry into “Yassin Dex”, but we also have a good amount of people, that followed the call of the ecosystem fund.

Either way, this is a splendid sign of what IOTA has become: A fast growing community that is interested in the disruptive capabilities of this distributed ledger technology.


New Developers

A few striking additions have been announced.
These guys were already working with IOTA for a while, but the time has come to give them credit and to show who’s working behind the scenes.

On the official blog are nice introductions of Paul HandySabri GoldbergAlfred Keller, Alon Elmaliah

Great people with enthusiastic, likable attitude, capabilities and of course a big impact on the whole project.

Kick-ass additions!


Participations

The IOTA Foundation is built of experts in their special fields, therefore it’s no surprise that they do what they do: they present their ideas and possibilities in conjunction with IOTA.

Dr. Navin Ramachandran, practicing Radiologist and well-known researcher from London, presented IOTA on TechUk on 8th May.

Thanks for your efforts!

Right now, Co-Founder Dominik Schiener is visiting a few important companies at the US-west coast (no info about who, when, what) , and after that, he is going to present IOTA at Consensus 2017 in New York, a great opportunity in the world of Blockchains, Fintech to show the world what’s coming after Blockchains.

Founder David Sønstebø’s plans to speak at Consensus 2017 changed due to an unforeseen accident, where David suffered an injury at his zygomatic bone.

Let’s hope for a speedy recovery!

Next on the agenda are the Accenture Open Talks on May 30th, where IOTA presents its technology.

We have to keep in mind, that these are personal efforts, and not a matter of course that they put in their free time and energy to represent IOTA again and again.

Sure, that sounds like I was praising them like some saints, but to be honest: which project you know, has founders and devs that work relentlessly to spread the word, to build an ecosystem and community?

If there is one, I’m pretty sure it’s there for a way longer time, and it’s already listed, like Ethereum or Bitcoin.

These efforts here all happen before a listing, in very serious realms, hence my enthusiasm that IOTA is a spectacular project that has to be reckoned with!


Articles:

Here is just a small selection of the newest articles about IOTA.

Since the respective authors took their time, I suggest, you read them on your own:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-4th-industrial-revolution-iota-atit-bhavsar

http://www.cio.com/article/3196401/internet-of-things/iota-launches-2-million-fund-for-iot-focused-blockchain-derivative.html?utm_campaign=sflow_tweet#tk.rss_all

IOTA Tangle Takes the Blocks Out of Peer-to-Peer, Distributed Ledger Networks

 


The overwhelming Bull market

Since the Blockchain technology as a whole gains attention everywhere, billions of Dollars are flooding into these new markets.

The recent astonishing bull market reached a total capitalization of almost $70 billion.

Most of these listed technologies are functioning on a Blockchain, so they all share the same problem: scalability.

The recent adoption, therefore, is both: good and bad because once the mass markets try to use Blockchains, they rise in value but also suffer

the consequences that we know as slow transactions, higher transaction fees and as an end result, a technical barrier to progress.

The Tangle, as we know, is scaling better, the more people use it. -Without fees.

So my personal opinion is that, with the rising adoption, there is no better investment as IOTA.

As of today, IOTAs cap is around ~$200 million. The listing alone will show how much it can rise and believe me, it will, just because the technical

circumstances of IOTA in this “blockchain-era” are absolutely outstanding.

I said it when the market cap was at $20 million (x10 since then), and I’m still going to stick to that when we hit $2 billion market cap:

There is no limit!


The next weeks will be vital and hopefully filled with great milestones. Well, we do not know otherwise.

Stay tuned and have a nice week,

Limo

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