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Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins

The saying, "Not your keys, not your coins" is a truism amongst seasoned blockchain users. It means that if your private keys are not in your own digital wallet (preferably a hardware wallet), you do not actually own your cryptocurrency or NFTs or any other asset stored on a blockchain you believe you own. Continue Reading →
crypto
In the wake of the FTX implosion, everyone is talking about the pros and cons of cryptocurrency. This week, for clickbait reasons, it’s mostly the cons. Before you offer an opinion about cryptocurrency to your friends or consider formulating a cryptocurrency policy for yourself or your business, you should take a moment to understand that cryptocurrency “crypto” is a catchall phrase, and a lazy one at that. Continue Reading →

Web 2.5

Web 2.5
Web2 (aka the centralized web) is the web as we know it today. It is dominated and controlled by our tech overlords. Web3 (aka the decentralized web) is supposed to replace it, releasing us from our data servitude. It won’t. For reasons I will share with you, it will be obvious that it can’t. We are already living in a hybrid world where Web2 and Web3 technologies are each leveraged to their best purposes. You can call it Web2.5 – it’s a more accurate description of where we are now and where we are likely to go next. Let’s review. Continue Reading →

The Observable Metaverse

Metaverse Model
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 →
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 →

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 →
United Mine Workers
On a Labor Day weekend a few years ago, I had a crazy idea that labor law might be an alternative path to meaningful data privacy regulation. Now, with several organizations working on blockchain-based, SSI (Self-sovereign identity), what was a real stretch of the imagination is inching closer to practical application. Think about this… There 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 →

Where Are Your NFTs?

NFTs
You just purchased your first NFT. Where is it? Is it sitting in your account on the marketplace you purchased it from? Do they have custody of your digital asset or do you? Did you transfer your NFT to your crypto wallet? If so, do you believe your new NFT is actually in your wallet? It isn't. That's not how this works. Here's what is really in your wallet. Continue Reading →

Web3 and Greater Fools

Greater Fool
As we enter another crypto winter, it has become de rigueur for tech types to go on record espousing that Web3 is nonsense, that blockchain is a terrible technology, and that cryptocurrencies (all of them) are Ponzi schemes. There is seemingly no end to the tweets and blog posts from highly credentialed people about tulips and "The Emperor's New Clothes" and greater fool theory. It's as if the technocrats want to make sure that they know that you know that they know that all things Web3 are technologically inferior to all things Web2. Are they right? Continue Reading →

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