Future’s Now, Ethereum: Unto Faith and Flame Toward Serenity

Advancing toward its Serenity “ETH 2.0” upgrade, Ethereum and its ecosystem are evolving. And while building and soul searching proliferate in the project’s community, stakeholders are pulling what’s certain and what’s uncertain, and thus the future, into the fore.  Also read: Lightning Network Goes to Congress as Specter of Crypto Policy Grows v0.1 of Ethereum 2.0…

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Clearing Up Casper, Proof Of Stake, And Beacon Chain Confusion, Once And For All

An (extensive) summary of the first phase of the beacon chain rollout. Recently, I read yet another conflicting report about the proof-of-stake (PoS) mechanism to be adopted in Ethereum 2.0, and I about lost my mind. I thought I understood what was coming, but with every new Medium post, tweet, and news article I read…

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These Digital Monsters Live on Ethereum, But They'll Fight on Zilliqa

Before my one and only “mon” reached level 4, I was out of ether. Such was the end result of my first experience with Etheremon, a game inspired by Pokemon and built on the world’s second-largest blockchain, ethereum. I had around $15 worth of ether to spare, so I decided to try it out, eventually arming…

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Ethereum Upgrades its Upgrade – What is Casper Version 2?

The long-anticipated Ethereum update known as ‘Casper FFG’ has been replaced by a hybrid update called ‘Casper v2’. It will combine two different kinds of upgrade – ‘sharding’ and ‘proof-of-work’. I will explain. Explanation Etherium is a blockchain that allows anyone to write and run their own smart contracts upon it. These can be used…

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Ethereum May Skip Casper FFG And Go Straight to Sharding with Proof of Stake

Ethereum apparently is moving at such great speed that something they have been working on for a long time may now be effectively outdated in its current form. This is not confirmed, and there remains some confusion, but from what sense we can make it seems that new developments have made Casper FFG, with 1,500…

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Vitalik Buterin Proposes Chain Cross-Linking For Sharding

Vitalik Buterin has proposed chain cross-linking to assist in the implementation of his minimal sharding specification published earlier this month. That spec is described by Buterin as being very simple, stating: “for every 5-block main chain period, the start of that period is used as a source of randomness to select proposers and notary committees, and the…

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