I have not written a book for some time even though there are a few others works in progress. Cryptosphere should be out in September and is currently undergoing editing. Please listen to the audio for more information. I will keep you posted over the next few days and weeks.
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In recent weeks, the spectre of Facebook lurks over all of us. Many have yet to grasp the massive changes to come as well as the changes to descend upon us. Have you ever wondered why Facebook is making a major play to be involved in most aspects of our lives? Perhaps the documentary you are about to watch will give you some idea and maybe some realisation at the vast opportunities for change. I believe we will not be able to avoid the changes to come. This documentary is part of our Great Ideas series.
Why has one misunderstood nation now the source of more millionaires and billionaires than anywhere else on earth? And why does America’s mainstream press ignore this story? Join entrepreneur and legendary investor Steve Sjuggerud, as he explores this mysterious place, and explains how it now offers what he calls: “The Greatest Money Making Opportunity of Our Lifetimes.”
Crypto Wars - The War to Come Between Cryptocurrencies, Government Backed Currencies, and Stable Coins
The crypto world has always been an interesting place but now things have got very intense. There is a war brewing and it is between several crypto camps. Although it is not said, all are fighting for complete dominance. A lot will take place over the coming years. It will be a political, technological, economic, social, legal, and of course propaganda battle to determine who will stand head and shoulders over others.
Who and what are the camps we are talking about? First, there are the cryptocurrencies that started this new revolution - Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin to name a few. There are the stable coins - Tether, USD Coin, Saga, Gemini Dollar, PAX Standard. Government-backed coins such as announced by the Chinese government. The US has also announced something along these lines as well. The European Union (EU) has also shown some interest in doing the same. Then there are the corporate coins such as Facebook Libra. With this new development, there are bound to be other corporates looking to doing the same.
Amazon is most likely to come into this space as it has the team, the tech, and the drive under the leadership of Jeff Bezos to do so. Walmart has already announced a patent for a stable coin. It is just a matter of time before Google says something. It should come as no surprise if the other FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) firms make some form of announcement. Apple and Netflix will not sit idly by.
Perhaps the most telling was the statement by the Head of the BIS (Bank for International Settlements), Augustin Carstens. He had initially been dismissive of cryptocurrencies. In an interview with the Financial Times, Carstens said there were bound to be digital currencies from banks sooner rather than later. I took his statements as a confirmation that cryptocurrencies are definitely here to stay. To me, all this was both exciting and frightening.
The battles to come will be fought through variables I mentioned earlier. Let’s take a very brief look at each.
Political - I am sure many see this as obvious. The political class will have to get involved and educate themselves to put the masses minds at ease. We all know based on the statements of many politicians, their total ignorance is exposed. There is also the possibility that some governments may outright ban cryptocurrencies if they feel that control is slipping away from them. Political battles to come will be very interesting on a country by country basis.
Economic - This is probably the most important and controversial of all. The advent of cryptocurrencies has opened up an avenue previously unthinkable. Cryptocurrencies have removed a massive control lever from those with the power. We can see that with individuals wanting to be free of government regulation; the same can be said for countries. Countries can now build smart contracts to do business with one another without the US dollar.
Social - There is an acceptance by the younger generation of cryptocurrencies. And in some quarters they are not. A social battle will probably play itself out in terms of the technophobes and those who believe in technical progress.
Technological - The emergence of cryptocurrencies was to solve a problem with the issue of trust. Technical advancements will continue regardless of political and social sensitivities. How politicians handle these advances should also be interesting.
Environmental - The generation of cryptocurrencies has also caused an environmental stir among many. Generating any digital money requires a level of work witnessed through the use of electricity. High electricity consumption has been admitted by those in the crypto-mining industry. Some of the newer digital currencies are using more power-friendly ways for their generation. Environmentalists will want to have a say in what happens in the future.
Legal - We have all heard in the news on matters regulatory by many governments. Recent statements by the Chinese, Russian, and the EU come to mind. Regulation is something that is going to happen; it is already happening. And yes, there is more to come.
Battles not thought of nor mentioned will all emanate from the above. There are no guarantees any of the crypto constituents will be the ultimate winner. We can continue this discussion with a much longer blog piece. As you all know, I like to keep things short and simple. Maybe sometime in the future, we will discuss many of these points at length. So, who will ultimately win this war? As always, your guess is as good as mine.
As always, here is the latest on crypto stories you may have missed over last two weeks or so.
The following headlines are just some of the stories you can expect to read:
A more enjoyable option would be for you to read the magazine on your iPad using the Flipboard app. If you do not have the Flipboard app, download in the app store, install, and enter the "Blockchainology". This magazine is curated by Olusegun Oyekanmi
As stated yesterday, the audio experiment continues. This continues with the discussion of what we want to happen within Nosa Capital in the near future. The discussion comprises the following:
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This is a different blog piece - it is an audio file. I have decided to try something new to create more content in a much quicker manner. Please bear with me at the moment as this is still experimental. All should improve with a little more time. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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In the past, I have always felt that we should share ideas when worth it. I put out some content I had come across in the past only to find that it got very little attention. This is something I want to try again. I want to make it a series and thought about calling it Great Ideas. I may change my mind about the title but I will put out content that I find interesting and think you should have. Anyway, here is the beginning with this great interview of Raoul Pal. Please read the paragraph below the video for more information.
In Episode 96 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and co-founder of Real Vision, Raoul Pal about the future of global money in a multi-polar world, including a discussion about Bitcoin, Libra, debt, demographics, and much more.
The inspiration for this conversation derives from a theme captured in William Strauss and Neil Howe's Generational Theory, also known as the Fourth Turning, where the authors describe a four-stage cycle of social moods associated with recurring generational archetypes, which they call "turnings.” These include: "The High", "The Awakening", "The Unraveling," and "The Crisis." The question we explore in this conversation is: “are we at the fourth turning, and if so, what does this mean for the type of change we can expect to see in the coming decades?”
All of this leads to a discussion about digital currency in a multi-polar world where the power of governments to maintain the global order is diminished and where corporations and the private sector may gain an opening to provide alternative forms of money in support of global trade and commerce. Where does bitcoin fit in this world? What about alternative protocols and currencies? Will governments even allow them? Can they stop them or will they welcome them and does this point the way towards a path that will lead inexorably towards truly global money?
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