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IOTA: Schiener calls for more support from German policymakers

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  • Dominik Schiener calls for more support at the political level so that innovations like IOTA can become a global market leader.
  • Matthias Hauer, Member of the German Parliament for the CDU, acknowledges the “plus points” of IOTA compared to the competition.

In a roundtable discussion with German politicians, Dominik Schiener, co-founder of the IOTA Foundation, took questions from Nils Josef Hofmann (Junge Union), Gabriel Theis (Junge Union), as well as the Members of the Parliament Matthias Hauer (Committee for Digital & Finance) and Klaus-Peter Willsch (Committee for Economy). The central topic was the potential of blockchain and the challenges it currently faces.

On the latter, Schiener stated that Germany and Europe have the potential to set standards. This has been demonstrated by the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), making Europe a pioneer for data protection worldwide and giving rise to new business models, companies and startups. The blockchain or DLT industry also holds this opportunity, Schiener said:

And the same is true for blockchain technologies, and especially of course for IOTA, where it is now a matter of supporting these technology approaches in such a way that they really become world market leaders as well, and are supported at the political level. I believe that this is something we are still lacking the most today – this support from politics, I believe the economy is already behind it […],

From politics, Schiener expects a clear and legal regulatory environment, with Germany and Europe already “on a good path.”

[…] and of course it is also about creating this environment, where it is about supporting innovations. […] I’m a big fan of “digital sandbox”, where you have a test environment, where you implement pilot projects on the one hand and then test them in the real world […] where you really find out whether it solves the problem or not. I believe that this creates a lot of trust in these new technologies […] and I believe that much more can be created, and especially here in Germany and Europe, because many companies are also based here.

Politicians recognize the importance of digital identities

Nils Josef Hofmann addressed the use case of digital elections and asked Schiener about his position on feasibility. Schiener explained that he has been intensively studying the topic of elections on the blockchain over the last few years. However, this is a complex topic that presents some challenges, as demonstrated by the system already in place in Estonia. Ultimately, Digital Identity, a core project of IOTA, is always the linchpin, he said:

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The exciting thing is: all use cases actually start and end with Identity, meaning digital identity. We always say ‘it’s the holy grail’, because that naturally creates trust, […] We are a project that focuses strongly on that.

Matthias Hauer, who sits on the Committee for Digital Affairs & Finance in the German Parliament, confirmed Schiener’s opinion and explained that the implementation of digital elections is quite conceivable:

The topic of digital identities naturally plays a major role there, because in the end it’s always about fending off attacks and clarifying legitimacy. And once these points have been clarified, I can imagine all of this.

According to Hauer, a lot is already happening at the federal policy level. For example, he said, the federal government is in favor of a European ecosystem with digital identities, “where a wallet is implemented, where, for example, the ID card, credit score information, salary statements can be accessed directly.” With regard to IOTA, Hauer praised its competitive advantages over its rivals:

And there’s good opportunities there through IOTA, of course. When I see, for example, that this is open source with a view to decentralization, feeless, also with a view to power consumption, then these are once again plus points for IOTA in this competition, from my point of view.

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Its finally here! IOTA Foundation launches Smart Contracts Beta

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  • The IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of it Smart Contracts. 
  • The new release comes with a series of interesting features, including zero fees and EVM compatibility.

The IOTA Foundation has announced the release of its IOTA Smart Contracts Beta today, 21st October. The beta release of the Smart Contracts came with a series of other new exciting features. The advantageous features that come with the Smart Contracts Beta include fully programmable smart contracts, interoperability between smart contracts, and low-to-zero fees. Others are choosing programming languages, Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility, and automatically generated and verified boilerplate code. The fully functional Smart Contracts also aims at resolving some current scalability and transaction fee issues in the crypto space.

The newly-released Smart Contracts Beta technology is versatile and interoperable with exceptional features that complement the current standard in the industry set by its predecessors such as Ethereum. It comes with Ethereum Virtual Machine support. Hence, users can choose between three programming languages: Ethereum’s Solidity, Rust, and Go to further incentivize testing. In addition, the release comes with zero-fee smart contracts. This supports the Foundation’s commitment to the two cornerstone principles of this emerging digital economy- interoperability and standardization. 

With the Smart Contracts Beta, IOTA offers users a first-time opportunity to create and execute custom smart contracts on a feeless network. The Smart Contracts allow developers to set their own execution fees. This spurs the possibility of reducing fees, considering that different chains can compete to execute a smart contract. 

IOTA Smart Contracts Beta introduces interoperability and scalability 

Another unique feature of IOTA Smart Contracts is its interoperability and scalability. With this, all Smart Contracts will be able to wrap assets onto the base layer by leveraging native tokenization on the ledger. Hence, all smart contracts and digital assets developed on the IOTA network are fully interoperable with no need for trusted relays. This will allow dApp developers to enjoy powerful new composability. Also, this will introduce more possibilities for users to engage in the ecosystem. 

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Furthermore, the Smart Contracts Beta comes with more amazing features like the Smart Contracts Schema tool. This new feature involves the automatic generation of many of the standard-form sections of smart contracts. Users can now begin to input the functionalities they desire to include into the smart contract that they are writing. With the newly introduced feature, the system will automatically initiate and test the appropriate boilerplate code. According to the IOTA Foundation, the Schema tool is currently working on Go and Rust smart contracts. As time goes on, the functionalities of IOTA Smart Contracts will expand in the future. Also, it will include more convenient features such as automatically-generated client codebase libraries. 

In a statement, the co-founder and chairman of the IOTA Foundation, Dominik Schiener, said: 

We have integrated some of the defining features of IOTA – interoperability, flexibility, feeless transactions – into a smaller contract solution for a new generation that we believe will become industry standard once it is released on the IOTA mainnet.

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IOTA Foundation Announces the Beta Release of IOTA Smart Contracts

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IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of IOTA smart contracts functionality with a few notable features such as zero fees, improved scalability, and Ethereum interoperability.

IOTA Foundation announced the news in a blog post on Thursday, October 21. According to the announcement, IOTA smart contracts are to address some of the drawbacks of existing solutions like high fees, scalability, interoperability, and limited composability.

According to the team, with its smart contract solution, IOTA aims to launch smart contract blockchain networks on top of IOTA. These smart contract chains will enjoy the security of IOTA’s base layer and scalability provided by Tangle’s DAG architecture.,

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To bring interoperability, IOTA Smart Contracts now supports the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and any smart contract written in Solidity. The blog post reads:

“While this is an early implementation, it already provides extensive compatibility, bridging the biggest smart contract ecosystem onto IOTA’s feeless base layer. This means that Solidity contracts can easily be ported to IOTA, reducing implementation time and benefitting from the vast ecosystem of Solidity tooling and products available on the market today. This already includes full access to the MetaMask wallet.”

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IOTA smart contract platform will empower developers to set their own IOTA smart contract execution fees. smart-contract chain developers have full flexibility to define their chain and tokenomics. The team believes that this feature will result in several chains competing for work against each other, which in turn will lead to the lowest fees possible to execute a smart contract.

To offer a flexible development environment, IOTA smart contract platform supports Solidity, Rust, and GO (TinyGo). The team released the alpha version of IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol in March 2021 that supported Rust and the WebAssembly framework, providing a development environment similar to Polkadot and NEAR protocol. The addition of Solidity and EVM is new in this beta release.

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About scalability, the blog post reads:

“IOTA Smart Contracts is a sharded smart contract network, where each smart contract chain is limited by its own scalability and is not hindered by the rest of the network.”

As Crypto Economy reported, in April 2021, IOTA underwent a major upgrade, called Chrysalis, that transformed IOTA into a wholly new blockchain in the IOTA community with the new protocol, implementation, and cryptography. The IOTA Smart Contracts beta is currently available on IOTA 2.0 DevNet.

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In the next release, IOTA will be available on the current IOTA mainnet, called Chrysalis, before switching to the fully decentralized IOTA 2.0 protocol, a process called Coordicide. The announcement reads:

“The current IOTA mainnet and the fully decentralized future IOTA 2.0 protocol have some fundamental differences, making it difficult to support both at the same time. Our primary focus is, therefore, to support smart contracts on the current IOTA mainnet using the Hornet node software from now on.”

IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of IOTA smart contracts functionality with a few notable features such as zero fees, improved scalability, and Ethereum interoperability.

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IOTA Foundation announced the news in a blog post on Thursday, October 21. According to the announcement, IOTA smart contracts are to address some of the drawbacks of existing solutions like high fees, scalability, interoperability, and limited composability.

According to the team, with its smart contract solution, IOTA aims to launch smart contract blockchain networks on top of IOTA. These smart contract chains will enjoy the security of IOTA’s base layer and scalability provided by Tangle’s DAG architecture.,

To bring interoperability, IOTA Smart Contracts now supports the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and any smart contract written in Solidity. The blog post reads:

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“While this is an early implementation, it already provides extensive compatibility, bridging the biggest smart contract ecosystem onto IOTA’s feeless base layer. This means that Solidity contracts can easily be ported to IOTA, reducing implementation time and benefitting from the vast ecosystem of Solidity tooling and products available on the market today. This already includes full access to the MetaMask wallet.”

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IOTA smart contract platform will empower developers to set their own IOTA smart contract execution fees. smart-contract chain developers have full flexibility to define their chain and tokenomics. The team believes that this feature will result in several chains competing for work against each other, which in turn will lead to the lowest fees possible to execute a smart contract.

To offer a flexible development environment, IOTA smart contract platform supports Solidity, Rust, and GO (TinyGo). The team released the alpha version of IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol in March 2021 that supported Rust and the WebAssembly framework, providing a development environment similar to Polkadot and NEAR protocol. The addition of Solidity and EVM is new in this beta release.

About scalability, the blog post reads:

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“IOTA Smart Contracts is a sharded smart contract network, where each smart contract chain is limited by its own scalability and is not hindered by the rest of the network.”

As Crypto Economy reported, in April 2021, IOTA underwent a major upgrade, called Chrysalis, that transformed IOTA into a wholly new blockchain in the IOTA community with the new protocol, implementation, and cryptography. The IOTA Smart Contracts beta is currently available on IOTA 2.0 DevNet.

In the next release, IOTA will be available on the current IOTA mainnet, called Chrysalis, before switching to the fully decentralized IOTA 2.0 protocol, a process called Coordicide. The announcement reads:

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“The current IOTA mainnet and the fully decentralized future IOTA 2.0 protocol have some fundamental differences, making it difficult to support both at the same time. Our primary focus is, therefore, to support smart contracts on the current IOTA mainnet using the Hornet node software from now on.”

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IOTA Feeless Protocol to Mint Native Assets and Smart Assets

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Getting into a match with an NFT that is minted as a unique, verifiable, and secure game ticket . The possibilities of tokenization with native assets is endless.

Whether from rare collectibles to electric cars, football clubs to smart cities, native assets have the power to transform industries and economies.  Also, the capability to transform the concept and exchange of value itself.

When IOTA’s Digital Asset framework is released, digital assets will be even more ubiquitous due to the network’s zero-fee based architecture.

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The most eagerly awaited feature from IOTA is the “Digital Asset Framework.” In IOTA, Layer 1 assets are known as native assets, as they are native to the IOTA mainnet.  Layer 2 assets are known as smart assets, as these exist on the smart contract layer, and have greater programmability.

Minting is the process which facilitates creation of native assets or smart assets. Native asset, native token, smart asset, smart token are all terms interchangeably used to denote token, but for improved clarity, a piece of art work is known as an asset; and coins are referred to as the tokens.

A native asset also known as the “colored coin” is a customized IOTA token works like a digitized token which represents a tamper-proof and finite asset in the real world.

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The term colored coin grew from the idea of issuing real-world assets like real estate on the blockchain. Native tokens can represent any kind of asset or contract.  They are minted by tagging IOTA tokens.  Since they tag IOTA tokens they do not bring down the overall supply of IOTA tokens.

There are no third parties required either for its creation or for storing them digitally. With the IOTA Feeless Protocol, creating native assets is very inexpensive. It is possible to distribute the assets for free on the ledger.

To mint a native asset, users can take a normal IOTA token and assign a unique identity to it when executing a transaction.

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The act of minting native assets happens at the base level of the IOTA ledger where it is secure, traceable, and immutable. IOTA tokens are assigned a particular meaning, by adding a “tag”, basically giving them a name.

At present, one IOTA Token equals one native asset, and the process for transferring the native assets is exactly the same as transferring an IOTA token.

IOTA recently published a blog post on the business ecosystem of IOTA. The blog helps understand the components and frameworks of IOTA.

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