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Universal Blockchain Assets

Dr. Owen Vaughan of nChain has published and presented his work on Universal Blockchain Assets. The Universal Blockchain Assets (UBA) is a novel protocol for issuing and transferring tokens across blockchains without the need for a trusted third party or cross-chain bridge. In the UBA scheme, the blockchain is used for double-spend protection only, while the authorization of token transfers is performed off-chain. Due to the universality of the approach, it works in almost all blockchain… Read More »Universal Blockchain Assets

Government spending as stimulation is poisonous economic policy

Not all government spending is bad, but using government spending to stimulate consumption as a means to stimulate the economy is bad. It may have some immediate effect of making it less recessionary, but it is like prescribing steroids to a weak patient. The long-term harm is not only a weakened economy in terms of productivity but also a moral hazard of stealing from future generations because such stimulation’s net effect is always inflation and… Read More »Government spending as stimulation is poisonous economic policy

The future of blockchain

In contrast to a corrupt future of the world exploited by crypto, the real Bitcoin blockchain is creating a different one. Crypto does not represent the true blockchain technology. It is a distortion at best. With its promotion of outright open Ponzi schemes, it is a fraudulent misrepresentation. In contrast to crypto, the future of true blockchain technology paints a healthy picture of a world supported by a New Internet integrated with blockchain. Regardless of… Read More »The future of blockchain

Crypto and trans-bubbles

The crypto industry is largely an empty bubble that will burst. Economic and financial bubbles are interesting phenomena to study. The ‘physics’ of bubbles is quite universal. The crypto bubble may seem unique, but it obeys the same law of bubbles. The trans-bubbles The most spectacular bubbles take advantage of both an expanding force and a squeezing force. The former attracts participants by taking advantage of people’s nearsightedness and greed, but the latter forces out… Read More »Crypto and trans-bubbles

AI and data decentralization

In the current Artificial Intelligence (AI) development, Meta comes out competing on a different principle: opensourcing AI. Some worry that opensourcing AI would enable illicit actors (both state and private actors) to do harm. I have not formed an opinion about Meta’s open-sourcing AI, but this pushing back with a comparison between bioweapons and AI is dubious at best.  When it comes to physical weapons, decentralization is proliferation.   You get bombed not because you agreed with the… Read More »AI and data decentralization

A nonproductive blockchain can’t solve the fiat problem

The two main points I try to make in Volume 1 of the book BIT & COIN: Merging Digitality and Physicality are: Both of the above require a vastly scalable blockchain with TPS beyond millions and an extremely low Cost Of Transaction (CoT). According to Satoshi’s vision, the Bitcoin blockchain was meant to achieve exactly these. But 15 years later, we have BTC doing 7 TPS while promoting an open Ponzi scheme. Worse, people have been… Read More »A nonproductive blockchain can’t solve the fiat problem

Bitcoin, decentralization and distributed computing

I don’t understand celebrating a tiny database & nodes…🤷‍♀️ I want peer-2-peer electronic cash. Scaling matters. Robin deLisser on LinkedIn Robin is right.  Scaling matters. Scaling isn’t a mere quantitative advantage in that more of the same stuff is done, but more importantly a qualitative advantage because it enables new things that couldn’t be done without the scale. See The Structural Impact of The Cost of Transaction (CoT). Regarding distributed computing, the decentralization of the… Read More »Bitcoin, decentralization and distributed computing

Bayesian probabilities and evidence

The COPA v. Wright trial ended on March 14, 2024. Judge Mellor made an oral statement at the closing of the trial that was quite shocking, especially for people who supported Dr. Wright or were neutral. See Judge’s declaration in COPA v. Wright. If the written judgment confirms the judge’s declaration that Dr. Wright is not Satoshi, I’ll give due respect to the judgment unless an appellate court overrules it. As an independent observer, however,… Read More »Bayesian probabilities and evidence

Judge’s declaration in COPA v. Wright

At the end of the COPA v. Wright trial on March 14, 2024, Judge Mellor made the following oral statement: Despite the suspected ambiguity, I assume that the judge has declared that Dr. Wright is not Satoshi. I don’t think the judge’s oral statement has made it more uncertain than it would be. If anything, it probably has reduced the uncertainty. Certainty will not come before a formal written judgment, or a final judgment if… Read More »Judge’s declaration in COPA v. Wright

The battle on earth

What are we really dealing with now? In the words of RDN @rdnxyz, it is not a technological problem, a cultural problem, a mental problem, an economic problem, or a political problem. “We are in the midst of a Religious conflict.” I agree, except that I would call it “Spiritual conflict” rather than “Religious conflict”. Everything is ultimately spiritual. The visible (physical) is temporal, but the invisible (spiritual) is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). Man is… Read More »The battle on earth