The cryptocurrency market witnessed a lot of the proponents coming out in support of the industry recently owing to various ground-breaking developments. The latest luminaries to speak together for the crypto-verse were Bill Barhydt, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of Abra, and Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum.
Barhydt started by saying that 2019 had been a fantastic year for Abra with the launch of their index token and native EOS support. Barhydt also revealed that the company launched native support, using which users could conduct deposits and transfers directly within the wallet. The discussion then converged to Buterin, who spoke about his role within Ethereum and its functioning. The computer scientist stated that he was the one who came up with the initial idea of Ethereum, right down to its white paper. In his words:
“Right now I am focused on research problems and the deeper workings. I am also working on releasing the latest Ethereum upgrade to serenity and providing a more efficient work chain which will go hand in hand with the scalability improvement.”
The change to Serenity was also discussed recently during an Ethereum core dev meeting which was focussed on the Istanbul hard fork, the final step before moving into Serenity. Vitalik Buterin further stated that he was working on the details of the upgrade, while at the same time, revealing that he was working on other strings of research as well.
Buterin then spoke about the things that attracted him to Bitcoin and the reasons why he decided to kick-start Ethereum. He said:
“Bitcoin was basically the place where all my interests were gathered into one place. The math, the computer language and the different social-economic ideas all coealltted into one place was a thing of beauty. We also saw socialists and mutualists coming together and Bitcoin brought the technology that could impact the world. It was the perfect storm for me to get into.”
Vitalik was also in the news recently when he said that he would lose a certain amount of hope for humanity if Tron overtook Ethereum. When asked about projects that would provide competition to Ethereum, he had earlier said:
“Dfinity. Dominic [Williams, the president and chief scientist of Dfinity] and I use the aspirational term ‘sister network.”
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