- Dominik, the IOTA co-founder talked about the massive growth crypto has seen in the past decade, growing from an internet sensation for nerds to the mammoth industry it is now.
- He believes the future is bright, with IOTA leading the charge towards a decentralized world in which interacting with machines is seamless and betters our lives.
In this week’s IOTA Talks, Dominik Schiener discussed the significance of the Coinbase IPO and contrasted the success of cryptocurrencies today with their humble beginnings on the Bitcoin Talk forum in 2012. This was the epicenter of crypto, where early adopters met, exchanged ideas, talked about exciting projects, and from where many innovations were launched (including Ethereum, Ripple, PolkaDot, and IOTA). Now the entire crypto space is valued at $2 trillion, far greater than those early adopters could have imagined.
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Regarding the many successful builders in this space, Dominik remarked, “We have continued to grow, even when the tides were against us.”
One opposing sentiment through the years was the frequent comparison between cryptocurrencies and the tulip bubble. Dominik emphasized that Coinbase did not make $1.3 billion last quarter using smoke and mirrors.
There is real interest, there is a real business model, and there is a real need for crypto, he asserted. Unlike the tulip bubble, where the assets never recovered, millions of users around the world are benefitting from the utility of crypto and trading hundreds of billions of dollars in assets.
On what the need for crypto is in the current era, Dominik pointed out, “We live in a world where you earn negative interest rates, where you don’t control your data, where centralized systems are abusing our rights, and people are looking for alternatives.”
The only thing that fundamentally makes sense in this new world are crypto assets and decentralized systems. They make our world more resilient and more secure, but also more fair and equitable. It is about giving people rights over their assets and data, to give them freedom and opportunities over how they build their future.
How does IOTA fit into this future?
Dominik emphasized that the main reason they are building IOTA, making it free and open-source, is that they want a huge ecosystem, an open community, where everyone can benefit from these technologies and from the new applications and products startups are making that leverage IOTA.
It’s really about creating a new future, together with all of you. We are on the right path to change something, to build the future.
He emphasized that IOTA will soon be production-ready as the only feeless, scalable, secure, soon-to-be fully decentralized distributed ledger technology. IOTA unveils its updated network, called Chrysalis, on April 28th.
We are getting close to reaching production readiness. The official starting date for the #Chrysalis network upgrade has been set to Wednesday, April 21st 2021. Who’s ready to enter a new dawn with #IOTA? https://t.co/xEp3lsUVb5 pic.twitter.com/ss18FnoqN6
— IOTA (@iota) March 17, 2021
Even if there are short-term hiccups or down markets, I am long on the crypto space and long on IOTA,” says Schiener. The Coinbase IPO is just a start, he believes.
This is the future we are building, where machines talk to each other and transact with each other, where we transact with the machines, and where we have an open society and open economy where anyone can participate freely, with the same level of access to opportunities.
IOTA Feeless Protocol to Mint Native Assets and Smart Assets
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understand the IOTA Business Ecosystem With Their Infographic to Understand their Dependencies and Use cases
It is important to understand the business ecosystem of IOTA in terms of the different components and frameworks that constitute it. This will provide an insight into the several use cases in data and the value transactions that they enable.
The IOTA Foundation builds open-source software to enable a new type of digital infrastructure that empowers people to live freely and securely in a digital world. To do this, the Foundation engages with many different initiatives, markets, and partners in academia, government, and businesses.
IOTA has issued an infographic of their business ecosystem, which will make it easy to know the dependencies of what they are doing.
It helps to get the complete picture of the different components from the bottom up beginning from the node software like Hornet, Bee, Wasp, Chronicle; The Tangle; IOTAs Parallel Architecture – Frameworks covering for digital identity, tokenized assets, streams, smart contracts, access, and IOTA stronghold; and of course, the firefly wallet. There are non-technical parts that the users should understand, which will eventually lead to a complete understanding of the machine economy and the connections of billions of persons, organizations, and devices.
IOTA Identity builds on the W3C’s proposed standards for a digital identity framework. This framework includes three roles of holders, issuers, verifiers.
Holders are the owners of digital identities. They have ultimate control over their data and choose how much and with whom they share their data.
Issuers are trusted third parties or authorities that generate and issue credentials to holders, such as health records or identity documents.
Verifiers are any third parties that need to verify the authenticity of a holder’s data. A verifier might, for example, need to validate that the holder is who they say they are.
Decentralized Identifiers serve as a reference to a DID Document. This document contains data such as public keys, enabling the holder to prove ownership over their data. Verifiable Credentials are statements about the holder. They can be verified online or in person, and the holder decides who to share them with. This framework has various use cases, including: Address Validation, Age Verification, and Authority login.
IOTA has a vision for the digital identity for Things, Organizations, and Individuals. Digital Identity of Solutions covers for Identity of things, self-sovereign identity, and regulatory compliance.
Devices have an identity that proves their capabilities, specifications, and authenticity to allow others to feel confident in transacting with them.
Individuals have a borderless digital identity that can be verified by anyone or anything in the world.
Organizations can use digital identities to follow regulations such as GDPR in a more cost-efficient way.
TradeMark East Africa to apply IOTA’s blockchain technology to enhance UK-Kenya trade corridor
- TMEA to introduce blockchain technology to the UK-Kenya trade corridor for the enhanced supply chain management.
- TMEA partnered with IOTA to improve infrastructure and trade through technology.
Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has agreed to introduce IOTA’s Tangle blockchain technology to the UK-Kenya Trade Logistics and Information Pipeline (TLIP) digital trade route to increase the visibility of the supply chain between Kenya and the UK.
By linking supply chains, the agreement will enable fast logistics clearance and easier trading. Additionally, the elimination of paperwork will lead to increased bilateral trade between the two trade partners for the benefit of the East African Community (EAC).
According to Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Trade in Kenya, the partnership will help the region grow its trade balances.
What is even more significant is the role it is going to play to support small and medium-sized enterprises.
Frank Matsaert, CEO at TMEA, said that the digital TLIP trade corridor would increase transparency, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in the management support of trade information. These improvements will benefit both the EAC and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA).
IOTA Tangle’s benefit for TLIP
TLIP is the first digital trade corridor between the UK and a developing country since Brexit, established to cater to and foster growth between the two trade partners.
The introduction of IOTA’s Tangle is further expected to accelerate growth in four key area targets of TLIP, including a 30 percent reduction in import-export time and administrative procedures, a 40 percent reduction in turnaround time, and a 20 percent reduction in compliance costs. It will also help to cut out data redundancy by over 50 percent.
IOTA and TMEA entered into a strategic partnership in March 2020 to improve infrastructure and trade through technology using Tangle. Tangle is IOTA’s innovative and open-source distributed ledger that is scalable, feeless, and designed to support frictionless data and value transfer.
Not only are the building costs low due to the open-source, feeless nature of IOTA technology, but it is also an uncomplicated additional to the existing infrastructure.
IOTA and Tangle
IOTA is the cryptocurrency that works on top of Tangle. Tangle has some unique characteristics over other more common blockchains like Bitcoin or Ethereum. For instance, it requires users to confirm the previous two transactions in the system before processing their own. This design encourages user uptake and makes the system process transactions faster when more people are using it.
Additionally, Tangle does not require data storage in sequentially chained blocks like on most blockchains. Instead, users can store transactions in multiple devices, different orders, locations, or as mixed and split transactions. The system iterates through all transactions once the users sync their devices and groups them into their addresses, regardless of order.
Once it has processed all transactions, it displays balances, and users can verify that the balances are correct. This feature allows users to conveniently link multiple devices to the Tangle. The other unique feature is support for multi-transactions- many chained transactions that use the address. Analysts have referred to IOTA’s technology as superior to most blockchains and the project worthy of more credit for its scalability.
Trademark East Africa is a well-respected organization funded by various development agencies to grow prosperity in East Africa through trade. TMEA spends over $100 million annually in aid-for-trade efforts in partnership with the regions’ community institutions, national governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations. It is also known globally for its commitment and success in improving livelihoods through improved trade conditions.