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CryptoInvesting in the Age of Whales (bitcoinmagazine.com)
25 points by borisjabes 120 days ago | hide | past | web | 6 comments | favorite

Crypto is a weird thing. It has a lot of properties that no other asset in history has had. I believe there's a realistic chance that this "bubble" will end with nearly everyone in the world going crazy over it, in a few more years.

That might even be an economically very bad thing in the end.

I read about the wars of miners building bigger and bigger setups, grouping together for stable income, buying cheap electricity wherever possible... and it's not too hard to imagine a future where a sizeable portion of energy expenditure and carbon burning is going to very strong computers doing very complicated stuff for magic make-believe money.

It reminds me of Easter Island. The prevailing theory goes like this. The islanders made big stone heads (Moai) to honor some famous chiefs. Everyone was impressed. Then some rich bigwigs decide to make Moais for themselves. Then every Joe Shmoe with some money decided THEY wanted a Moai too. The island went nuts for Moais and they ended up cutting down all the trees on the island, destroying the ecosystem and the entire civilization collapsed and disappeared.

But... Moaicoins only go up!

This is why Ethereum founder wants to experiment with proof-of-stake (project Casper), to replace at least partially the proof-of-work:


What does cutting down trees have to do with making stone heads?

I think they might have had to use the trees to move the stones about.

Cryptocurrency evolution may end up looking like railroad track gauges. 1, 2, many in a Cambrian explosion and then mergers/acquisitions into just a few used everyday. The others will be there but little used.

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