1. How American Colonialism Put Puerto Rico in Crisis (new book, MJ) 2. Can Apple Or Amazon Become Full Stack Banks? (Forbes) 3. Russia’s Huge Gold Stash Is Now Worth More Than $100 Billion (Bloomberg) 4. A most peaceful revolution by Nic Carter (Bitcoin)
1. Bitcoin and climate change (a) Nicolas Houy, Rational mining limits Bitcoin emission, Nature Climate Change, 9, 655 (2019).(b) Lars Dittmar and Aaron Praktiknjo, Could Bitcoin emissions push global warming above 2 °C? Nature Climate Change, 9, 656–657 (2019).(c) Eric Masanet, Arman Shehabi, Nuoa Lei, Harald Vranken, Jonathan Koomey & Jens Malmodin, Implausible projections overestimate near-term Bitcoin CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, 9, 653–654 (2019). 2. Homo Narrativus and the Trouble with Fame by Peter Sheridan Dodds (sociology, Nautilus) 3. Jeffrey Epstein’s Intellectual Enabler by […]
Well, that’s an interesting turn of events. China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), revealed that its central bank digital currency (CBDC) “can now be said to be ready“. The new CBDC will not be available to the public and will not compete with commercial bank deposits. It will be used by the PBoC and commercial banks for settlement of transactions. This may increase transparency of the Chinese banking system and create some […]
Two recent papers published in Finance Research Letters on the effect of Bitcoin’s popularity on Bitcoin price and value: in the media and as a method of trade. Media attention and Bitcoin prices, Dionisis Philippas, Hatem Rjiba, Khaled Guesmi, Stephane Goutte, Finance Research Letters, 30, 37 (2019). AbstractWe present a dual process diffusion model to examine whether Bitcoin prices behave with jumps attributed to informative signals derived from Twitter and Google Trends. The empirical results […]
Blockchain 1. BetterHash: Decentralizing Bitcoin Mining With New Hashing Protocols 2. A Bayesian approach to identify Bitcoin users Abstract When a user initiates a Bitcoin transaction, his Bitcoin client program relays messages to other clients through the Bitcoin network. Monitoring the propagation of these messages and analyzing them carefully reveal hidden relations. In this paper, we develop a mathematical model using a probabilistic approach to link Bitcoin addresses and transactions to the originator IP address. […]
Our opinion piece on Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has been published by Business Times.