Vitalik Buterin, Mike Novogratz, Tom Lee | The Future of Blockchain


Feels like there’s still buyers here.
I still think within 12 months we’re at $20,000.
The Ethereum network, at least for me, stability
point of view is capable of handling much
more.
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You know, I think people have to understand
that when you ask what’s intrinsic value of
any asset, they often think that something
has to be tangible. And that’s the misconception.
90% of what you buy with the stock market
is the future. You know, what is the intrinsic
value of gold? I mean, it’s just metal, so
there’s no intrinsic value. And then if you
look at monetary systems by design, your current
fiat is actually not backed by anything. So
what is Bitcoin’s intrinsic value? It’s network
value, which is the basis for the value for
most tech and platform companies.
Historically, Bitcoin has been a currency
that’s retained its value. You know, if you
look at the Top 10 coins from maybe five years
ago, probably most of them you wouldn’t have
heard of anymore because they’ve changed over
time as new coins come in and some of the
coins have fallen out of the news. Bitcoin
network has been the sort of biggest source
of security focused R&D and evolving the cryptocurrency
mechanism in a safe and reliable way. And
of course, it has to because it has by far
the largest market cap or value of users’
money involved.
I think we have some risk that we could go
as low as $6,500. It feels like there’s still
buyers here. I still think within 12 months
we’re at $20,000, because I think the big
institutions from the US have done lots of
work.
All of these different applications that are
putting data onto the blockchain for verification
purposes are also invaluable in their own
way. Kind of not quite at the depth level,
but another kind of trends I’d be interested
in and that I care about. I mean, two of them,
one is kind of the growth of privacy technologies
that are starting to be deployed. And the
second is the growth of kind of more secure
wallets like smart contract wallets, so that
to avoid like problem of losing your account
or having your account stolen, if someone
hacks your computer or your phone or you lose
your device.
The big question is, is there going to be
a replacement product for, like, the WeChat
or Facebook? Is there going to be payments
integrated with messaging that also includes
an open platform for dApps? That’s a two sort
of business model. That’s the real question,
because everyone in the real information technology
world knows that’s the killer app. That’s
what consumers want. So if we can create that
using crypto, then we win.
I think decentralized finance is the next
iteration of the space. The first few iterations
of the space were focused on tokens because
that was the built-in functionality of a lot
of these systems. And I think the next iteration
is starting to have just slightly more computational
capabilities on chain for defining financial
products. Our relationship with these financial
products is that we provide data into them
and we also allow them to interact with other
systems like payment systems, other chains,
whatever other systems they want to interact
with. Our goal is actually to make it so that
the decentralized finance, decentralized insurance
bases eclipse the token space. So our goal
is to provide all the inputs and outputs that
people need to build decentralized finance
contracts because we feel that these contracts
are really, really where the future of the
space is.
So the OECD Blockchain Policy Center was actually
only established at the start of this year,
and the goal there is really to create a global
reference point for policymakers on blockchain
and other distributed ledger technologies.
And really the genesis was a project that
the OECD did called Going Digital, which looked
at digitalization across the policy spectrum.
And at the end of that project, our members
decided they really wanted to focus very much
on two technologies going forward. One is
artificial intelligence, the other one, of
course, is blockchain. So I really see how
it’s not just impacting the environment in
which policy is being implemented and therefore
how they might need to adjust policymaking
as a result, but also its potential to be
used as a tool by government to achieve their
own objectives.

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