The real inventor of Blockchain, Kelce Wilson, joins Sarah Westall for an interview. He discusses the invention and his patent, the real security issues, and crypto currencies in general. An engaging discussion you haven’t heard elsewhere!
Following bitcoin’s price rise to an all-time high of $3,000, the rural State of Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced a grant of $416,000 to assist Project Spokane to expand. The governor says:
“The funds will be used for purchase of equipment, machinery, furniture and software and for wage reimbursement. Project Spokane, LLC is a data center that provides blockchain security services for the bitcoin network.”
The investment accounts for nearly half of a $1.1 million fund that was made available to help businesses create jobs, train employees and expand further.
James Grunke, the president and CEO of the Missoula Economic Partnership, told a local paper that Project Spokane is on their way to “becoming North America’s largest data center. They are going to have 55,000 servers, and right now they only have 12,000. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
This is the first known instance of a direct government investment in a bitcoin mining operation which may signify a change in attitude while also illustrating the scale bitcoin has now reached.
The currency has tripled this year from around $1,000 at the beginning of 2017 to a high of $3,000, currently trading at around $2,700 while its market cap nears $50 billion.
With the price increase, the mining reward has also increased. The combined mining network currently received around $7 million a day, with nearly half of that coming from transaction fees.
That translates to $210 million a month or $2.5 billion a year. However, mining is a very competitive businesses. Hardware can quickly become obsolete as new hardware is added, while energy costs can be considerable.
It therefore remains unclear how this project aims to compete with far cheaper energy in China where the lower manufacturing costs allows them to produce cheaper hardware too.
But Montana is a mountainous and rural state. Moreover, some find it worrying that 80% of bitcoin mining is concentrated in China and the surrounding areas.
It’s not clear whether one of them is the State of Montana itself, but this development is interesting because miners can have significant influence over the rules of bitcoin’s protocol.
States, therefore, may become directly involved and mine themselves or support mining operations within their own jurisdiction so as to potentially have a say over the direction of bitcoin’s protocol.
Where does Internet data mining expert Clif High see Bitcoin going in the hyperinflation we are heading into? Clif High says, “I’ve got what you call a strike point, a numeric value our data sets are aiming at that shows Bitcoin should be about $13,800 sometime in early February of 2018. That will basically be a fivefold increase at what we are at now. . . . I always thought cryptos would have to break out first in order to upset . . . the structure of the central banks so silver and gold could break loose. I suspect silver will break loose. The rocket shot on that will be staggering, but bear in mind I am the Internet’s worst silver forecaster. I have had silver at $600 per ounce in our data since 2003. If that occurs, look at how shocking and rapid that rise is going to be.”
High goes on to say, “Gold and silver are the most undervalued assets on the planet.” . . . And he predicts “by early February, gold will be at $4,800 per ounce and silver will be around $600 per ounce.”
High also says, “The Fed can’t kill crypto currencies . . . The elites are fearful because they can’t control crypto currencies, and they can’t suppress them. There will be no more source of free printed money for bribing people. . . . When the dollar dies, the corruption and crime will be revealed.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Internet data mining expert Clif High of HalfPastHuman.com.
LONDON – Bitcoin surged to an all-time high above $1,400 on Tuesday, after more than tripling in value over the past year, with its most recent rise attributed to strong demand in Japan, where the digital currency has been deemed a legal means of payment.
Cryptocompare, a data website that analyses bitcoin trading across dozens of exchanges globally, said around 50 percent of trading volume over the past 24 hours had been on the bitcoin/Japanese yen exchange rate.
“The Japanese have recently warmed their approach towards bitcoin by treating it legally as a form of payment – a ratification and bringing into the regulatory fold,” said Charles Hayter, the website’s founder.
“China’s clampdown on exchanges can also be seen as a positive move for the industry too,” he added.
Chinese authorities have increased scrutiny of exchanges this year and have forced them to start charging trading fees, after becoming concerned about bitcoin speculation and its potential use in money laundering.
Bitcoin surged as much as 3 percent on Tuesday on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange, where trading is dollar-denominated, to hit $1,437 BTC=BTSP, its highest since its 2008 launch. That marked a more than 200 percent increase from its price in early May last year.
Its current levels put the total value of all bitcoins in circulation – the so-called “market cap” – close to $25 billion, putting its worth on a par with a large-cap company.
Bitcoin analysts said the price had also been boosted by a request by the BATS exchange that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission review its March decision not to approve a bitcoin-tracking ETF set up by the Winklevoss brothers.
(Reporting by Jemima Kelly, editing by Nigel Stephenson)
All Things Bitcoin. Remember that blog? It was mine. Back in 2012-13, I mined Bitcoin and tried living off my mining income while I recovered from a lengthy hospital stay and was faced with being on long-term disability.
During that time, I experienced first-hand the level of corporate greed and corruption, and thousands of Bitcoin miners were cheated out of their dreams and hard-earned money by the likes of companies like Butterfly Labs and HashFast. Many of us lost everything, including me.
Since then, I have been struggling to get back on my feet, but having ethics and a conscience makes it difficult to find decent work, these days.
Recently, I have been fielding questions from people who are hearing about Bitcoin for the first time, so I decided to put together the following Bitcoin playlist: