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Did you mistake Proof-of-Stake for Proof-of-Concept?

The Satoshi whitepaper that introduced Bitcoin was released before any running code and the code was in development for a while before the currency launched.

At this point in the development of cryptocurrencies there is room for experimental cryptocurrencies that aren't immediate attempts to get a production system running but provide research which currently adopted cryptocurrencies can draw from. Inventing a better jet engine should not require starting an aerospace company that builds and sells complete airplanes.

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