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Shelly Palmer and Mario Götze
I was honored to be asked to do the opening keynote at Block Im Park (Block in the Park) at Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank Park this past week. Hosted by Eintracht Frankfurt, it was an extraordinarily diverse gathering of business and tech professionals focused on innovation. Continue Reading →
Mixed Reality
When someone says "the metaverse," what do they mean? At the moment, the observable metaverse is a continuum that spans experiences from virtual reality (VR) through mixed reality (MR) to augmented reality (AR). The experiences are different, but some of the most successful metaverse projects share many common creative and technological attributes. What are they? To help figure it out, we've been developing a framework we call the Standard Model of the Metaverse. Continue Reading →

Abandoning The Mines

I decided to shut down my ETH mining operations a few hours before the Merge last night. It was getting close to midnight, and I didn't want my mining rigs grinding away at "nothing" in the middle of the night. So, with all due pomp and circumstance, I began an orderly, ceremonious abandonment of my mining operations. Continue Reading →

Understanding “The Merge”

Ethereum
The most significant event in the short history of Web3 will most likely occur on September 15, 2022. That’s when Ethereum, the largest smart contract blockchain (with the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap), is now scheduled to enact an existential operational change. If it fails, “The Merge,” as it is colloquially called, is almost sure to take the crypto markets down with it. But even if The Merge is 100 percent successful, it will come with profound implications regarding censorship, regulation, and the future of money. Continue Reading →

May She Rest In Crypto

First, my heart goes out to Queen Elizabeth's family and loved ones, as well as to the citizens of her realm. May she rest in peace. Of course, there's also a vile, disgusting, and evil crypto story to accompany the Queen's passing, which comes with a teachable moment. Continue Reading →
Russia is advancing its crypto strategy to circumvent Western sanctions. Unable to access dollars or euros, the country may turn to stablecoins to make payments with "friendly countries," according to Russian state news agency Tass. Continue Reading →
ETH
Ethereum is a few days away from "The Merge," its transition from Proof of Work (mining) to Proof of Stake (staking). The promised benefits of Proof of Stake (PoS) include a significantly higher number of transactions per second (tps), reduced environmental impact (PoS requires far less energy than mining), and greater scale. Where mining rigs are expensive, require a lot of electricity, and require specialized skills to efficiently operate, PoS rigs only require average hardware, a static IP address, and the ability to read and follow directions. So, should you stake ETH? And, if so, should you do it in a pool or solo? Continue Reading →

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