Bitcoin Q&A: Altcoins and specialisation

What other crypto-assets and technologies interest you besides Bitcoin and Ethereum? I’m interested in the cryptocurrencies that are pioneering privacy and anonymity, such as Monero and Zcash. I’m interested in resource-sharing ones as well. It is less likely that they will be eclipsed by Bitcoin and its second layers as long as they maintain that privacy-conscious differentiation.

Is Litecoin still “the silver to bitcon’s [digital] gold”? Litecoin often follows the core roadmap, but it has filled a niche of rapid development that acts as a testing ground for innovations that may end up in Bitcoin. I think there is room for multiple cryptocurrencies that have less adoption overall but are “apex” in certain categories.

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Altcoins and the scaling debate –
Do altcoins threaten to replace bitcoin? –
The Scaling Rites of Passage –
Scaling, trust, and trade-offs –
Scaling complex systems –
The Lightning Network –
Governance trade-offs in decentralised systems –
Governance and the transaction fee market –
Unstoppable code –
We all started as critics –
Why running a node is important –
The new experimental science of consensus algorithms –
Security in proof-of-work vs. proof-of-stake –
Proof-of-Work (PoW), Proof-of-Stake (PoS), Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) –
Directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and IOTA –
Consensus with decentralized oracles and real-world variables –
Intrinsic vs. extrinsic assets –
What is mining? –
Energy consumption –
Solar energy and mining in space –
What is the biggest threat? –
Immutability and Proof-of-Work: The Planetary Scale Digital Monument –
Bitcoin: “Failing to Scale” –
Ethereum, ICOs, and Rocket Science –
The Lion and the Shark: Divergent Evolution in Cryptocurrency –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.





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