It was 2047, not 2019, in ConsenSys CEO Joseph Lubin’s keynote address Saturday in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
To close out the 2019 Ethereal Summit in Brooklyn, he foresaw a future where assets had all been tokenized, the web was completely decentralized and networks organized around topical interests had become roughly as important to human life as nation states.
Notably, Lubin predicted President Donald Trump would win a second term in 2020.
He foresaw those following four years as marking a downturn in American civilization, marked by an increase in radical divisions and even hate crimes. The turnaround would only arrive, he predicted, when Facebook, “finally admitting its role in global radicalism,” broke itself into “Facebook Media” (the news feed) and “Open Book,” a decentralized social web that any startup could tap into.
In Lubin’s vision, most of the progress since 2019 can be linked back one way or another to ConsenSys, despite a 2018 that ended with broad layoffs and challenges in spinning out incubated startups.
Lubin foresaw a medium-term future where, as he put it from his 2047 perch, “Liberal democracy was on its death bed.”
Despite doubts about ethereum’s potential to change how data is shared, he particularly foresaw a new era in more sustainable, more valuable journalism. “Platforms like Civil triggered the recovery of the journalism industry, especially local journalism,” Lubin said.
Civil is a ConsenSys-supported project aiming to bring distributed verification and micropayments to the media industry.
He continued, “Divorcing news delivery from the influence of advertising dollars was the breakthrough that drove the turnaround of western democracies.”
Lubin described a decentralized era in which “ethics with respect to the truth, ethics with regard to the nature of facts” took hold, as opposed to our backwards era, in which “presenting balanced viewpoints and fostering critical thinking was anathema.”
By 2047 – with a decentralized open platform where former web giants had come to embrace a distributed ethos – “We are all as a society able to engage in direct democratic decision-making,” Lubin said.
“The dream has been made real and we are all in it,” the Lubin of 2047 said. He told the crowd:
“These days we don’t hear people talking about changing the world, just like we don’t hear people talking about breathing or walking. It’s just what we do.
Report: Quadriga CEO indulged in millionaire lifestyle using customer funds
Former CEO of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, Gerald Cotten, whose death resulted in the loss of $190 million worth of customer funds and bankrupted the exchange, had reportedly been transferring user funds into his personal account and using them for personal gain, a report by Ernst & Young has revealed.
Ernst & Young (EY), Quadriga’s court-appointed monitor, has spent the last four months investigating the exchange and released its findings in its fifth report. During their investigations, EY discovered multiple incidents were Cotten had misappropriated user funds.
“Funds received from and held by Quadriga on behalf of Users appear to have been used by Quadriga for a number of purposes other than to fund User withdrawals,” the report reads.
The report continues, stating that user cryptocurrencies were not held exclusively in Quadriga’s hot and cold wallets. Instead, evidence has revealed that “significant volumes of cryptocurrency” had been transferred out of the exchange and into Cotten’s personal accounts with other exchanges. EY believes that Cotten either exchanged these funds or used them to trade on other exchanges.
Block.one’s CEO asserts Voice to be a mix of centralized and decentralized features
The controversy surrounding whether EOS network being decentralized has garnered huge attention in the past and continues even today. As the community continues to battle EOS’s innate nature between centralized and decentralized network, the firm behind it, Block.one’s latest product and the social media app Voice will be a mixture of both decentralization and centralization.
In the latest edition of CNBC Crypto Trader, Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one, the official developer for EOS cryptocurrency, revealed that the latest rollout has both the aspects. Talking about whether Voice is a decentralized entity and the revenues generated will be distributed across the community, the CEO said,
“We are absolutely decentralizing the economy of attention. If you think, that’s exactly what social media platforms are, they basically sell attention. So we are decentralizing the control over that component.”
Blumer further noted,
“When it gets into content moderation, and these sorts of things we are starting with centralized moderation, just to make sure that we can make it a compliant platform with multiple different types of jurisdictions.”
The CEO also said that in a longer term, Block.one will focus on a road to go towards decentralizing content moderation.
He also cited that blockchain is an excellent vehicle to disrupt the existing social media platform. It brings not only transparency and accountability to the table, but also leverages blockchain-based identity.
The latest blockchain-powered Voice roll-out on the EOS network, according to the CEO, aims to clean-up the behavior and autonomously recognize the values and distribute tokens which will allow people to be beneficiaries of the platform as opposed to just the company.
Kik CEO: The SEC “continues to divide and conquer the whole industry”
Ted Livingston, CEO of Canada-based messaging app Kik, has recently provided some more details regarding the ongoing case with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during an interview with CNBC Crypto Trader.
Livingston begins by explaining the first time Kik heard from the SEC, stating it began three days after the competition of their token sale, held around 18 months ago. He says their interaction began as “friendly,” with the commission wanting to know more about what they were doing.
Then there were subpoenas and then testimony and finally they issued us a Wells notice in November last year. We issued them our Wells response. We took both those things public in January and then finally we said ‘enough is enough, let’s go public, let’s go to court’.”
NeuNer then asked if they thought the SEC would actually sue them. Livingston stated that they “weren’t sure” but they did know that the crypto industry needs more clarity and that’s exactly what they would receive whether the SEC sued or not.
“We said to the SEC ‘you’ve let us know you think there’s an infraction here, we’re gonna tell the world that. So one way or the other you’re gonna give us clarity. Either you choose to go ahead and we can fight this out in court or you back down’ and that in and of itself will be guidance.”
Livingston was then asked about the decision to fight the SEC. He says that while the commission originally had good intentions, “but what we’ve come to discover is they continue to divide and conquer the whole industry and everyone is in this state of fear of what the would SEC think,” adding that its hindering their ability to “compete on a global stage.”