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It is a fact that with the passage of time the uses of blockchain technology have witnessed a tremendous increase. China is on the top of the list in this regard. Main reason behind it being that China is the hub of tech startups. Due to so much importance of China several companies have been trying to launch setups for their upcoming blockchain technology chains in China. Recently JD.com announced plans to launch its accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups in Beijing this February. And now the launch of a Chinese Blockchain Industrial Park is in the news. This project will be backed by a 10 bln yuan fund which will be partially backed by the Government.It is also being reported that well-known Bitcoin (BTC) investor Li Xiaolai and Blockchain “celebrity” Lao Mao, will be two of the managers of the fund.

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According to latest blockchain news the above mentioned fund was announced on April 9, during the opening of the Hangzhou Blockchain Industrial Park China. This fund is named as Xiongan Global Blockchain Innovation Fund financed by the Yuhang District Government. Thirty percent of these funds would be government-guided. The fund will be managed by the Hangzhou Haoyu Investment Management Co. and the Future Science & Technology City Administrative Committee. Hangzhou city in Zhejiang province, home to e-commerce giant Alibaba. This industrial park will also serve as an incubation center for the startups.

History of Hangzhou Haoyu Investment Management

Hangzhou Haoyu Investment Management is mainly comprised of two big names, the Handan Investment and INBlockchain. The previous projects of these two companies included:

  • EOS
  • Qtum
  • Zcash

The fund’s announcement and the opening of the blockchain industrial park has played vital role in further establishing the position of Hangzhou. The government in Hangzhou has already portrayed the blockchain technology as the most advanced innovation. Even it has been ranked just behind artificial intelligence and virtual reality in most cases.

Regulatory Uncertainty

The announcement of that fund has hit the news  just weeks after the plans for an international Chinese Blockchain Center were cancelled over legal technicalities. Despite a wave of enthusiasm, all those companies must deal with the regulatory uncertainty in China with respect to blockchain technology and crypto industry. No doubt these restrictions a part of the Chinese Government strategy to control capital outflow and corruption. This is the sole reason behind China’s strict actions against cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings.

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Digital currencies like bitcoin are coming (and it’s a good thing): Juan Llanos at TEDxMidAtlantic

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Is Cryptocurrency Still Great for GPU Makers?

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On Thursday, an American technology company, Nvidia has announced its financial results which were remarkable. The company has revenues of $3.2 billion from January to April. But what’s the reason behind this profit?

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Well, the value of ether and other cryptos recently soared up and created lots of demand for graphics cards – to mine them. Due to the upsurge in the demand, the price of few high-end graphics got doubled between the mid of 2017 to February 2018. It’s a matter of concern for the GPU makers of major graphics-card, as the most important market for them is eventually the gamers, not the miners.

The idea of graphics-card makers collecting hefty profits from the high prices, due to the mining demand doesn’t seem to be liked by the gamers. However, Nvidia accredited that cryptos have played an important role in boosting the financial outlook of the company.

What does Nvidia’s CFO have to say about it?

CFO of Nvidia, Colette Kress said:

Cryptocurrency demand was again stronger than expected, but we were able to fulfil most of it with crypto-specific GPUs, which are included in our OEM business at $289 million.”

The $298 million figure is around 10% of the revenue of Nvidia and it seems like it lessens the cryptocurrency influence on the bottom line of Nvidia. If a customer buys a graphics card at retail, Nvidia won’t be able to know if it’s being used for mining, gaming or something else. The same story goes for the main graphics-card of a rival, AMD, which released first-quarter results a few weeks ago. According to AMD, the sales related to cryptocurrency accounted for almost 10% of total revenue, which could be again understating its influence on the profits of AMD.

GPUs Value

It has been observed that the value of cryptocurrencies has been falling for the past few months. Also, the value of GPUs has also gotten a lot cheaper than it was before. AMD didn’t provide any specific projection for revenues related to blockchain in the second quarter, however, the spokesman of the company suggested that the rest of the year 2018, is going to be significantly below the first quarter sales.

If the price of cryptocurrencies still keeps dropping, it will end up in the form of awful results for the GPU makers. But if the price of cryptocurrencies falls really low, it’s clear that we won’t only see miners halting to buy new GPUs but, we would also see them selling the graphic-cards that they already had on the secondary market. The resulting graphics card surplus could exhort the value of graphics-card below MSRP — MSRP would be good news for gamers though it might be bad news for the companies that are trying to sell new GPUs.

The president of AMD, Lisa Su said that she wasn’t really anxious about the scenario.

“There are multiple currencies being used — People who are mining do go from one currency to another depending on what’s happening.”

She also added that customers can buy graphics-cards for both purposes; gaming and mining. They will be able to hold onto the graphics-card for the gaming purposes — in the case of mining becoming unprofitable. On the other hand, this analysis seems to be debatable. There’s no doubt that there are profusions of cryptos, but at the same time, there are some of them which are economically significant.

Ethereum’s ether is the most important and significant GPU-mineable so far, and the prices of cryptocurrency are strongly linked to it. So, if the value of ether drops, there’s a possibility that the value of other cryptocurrencies might also fall with it. There are many people who want to buy graphics-card for various applications, and there are a lot of those as well that have many of them (graphics-card). These individuals might hold onto one or two cards for the gaming purpose, however, if the price of cryptocurrencies falls quite low, lots of those cards will end up in the used GPU market. This will also make it hard for both AMD and Nvidia in selling their new cards.

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Why does IMF chief Christine Lagarde want to regulate the ‘cryptomarket’?

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Christine Lagarde, Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has said in an IMF blog post that the blockchain technology used to regulate cryptocurrencies can also be considered helpful in regulating and legalizing them.

In fact, it would prove to be a good news for crypto lovers as they have also been longing for the cryptocurrency to be legalized. Once it will be legalized, more people would get attracted towards it and the market ratio will automatically stabilize. According to some, the blog statement of Christine Lagarde can be considered as the first step towards the legal monitoring of cryptocurrency.

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In her above-mentioned blog, Christine Lagarde, appreciates the salient features of blockchain technology, which she refers to as an “exciting advancement that could help revolutionize fields beyond finance.” However, addressing the “dark side of the crypto world” she further explained that cryptocurrency market also needs legalized regulation in order to avoid illegal activities e.g; money laundering and funding terrorist activities around the globe. According to her some of the main features of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity which can inturn prove them safe for criminals and terrorists — that’s what makes them dangerous in short and blockchain technology is the only way to monitor what is actually going on in the world of cryptocurrency. To understand her statement further we must know what actually the Blockchain Technology is.

Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology is the actual power behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other major cryptocurrencies. Technically, it is an openly accessible collection of financial accounts of all transactions which have been made in the crypto system since its starting point.

The reason behind Christine Lagarde’s blog statement

The main reason behind Lagarde’s statement is that she’s also well-aware of the financial stability faced by crypto-market during the past few months. At the same time the tremendous variations in the value of cryptocurrencies have also served to ignite her interest.

She further suggested that cryptocurrencies require the same sort of regulation as implemented on traditional currencies. However, she acknowledged that a lot of work needs to be done. She also suggested the use of biometrics and some other techniques like artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology etc. could ensure the information-sharing between market participants and regulators.

Lagarde’s point of view is that with the help of modern technology, we can easily turn crypto-market for the public good, instead of making it a place of comfort and shelter for criminal minded people.

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Bitcoin voting machine

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Each system of payments or transaction needs security. As, we have so many issues like accounts hacking, snatching, robberies etc. Unfortunately, no one has the ability to control it. Everyone needs the transparent and proper way of transactions. And, security expert’s recent study shows that voting machines are also vulnerable to hacking.

Consequently, don’t worry about the weaknesses. A company trying to replace recent proprietary machines with new secure and open-source voting machine. Whereas, the technology behind the voting machine will be blockchain.

The blockchain is a distributed ledger. Instead of the company have the central database, everyone has a charge to set up a new code on the network and have the copy of it. For example. a bank with the database of withdrawals and deposits. And, as a customer, you have to believe that bank has tracked your cash correctly. In addition, now imagine that a number of customers do the same job with your funds to maintain honesty of ledger. This is what bitcoin currency works with complete security of funds.

Now, this technology has the ability to maintain a voting system. Advocate-tested blockchain based election by Liberal Alliance in Denmark and in European pirate party. Now, blockchain technology is going to introduce a secure and an actual voting machine. Who keep the record of the votes by using blockchain technology.

How it works

Now, the question is how this technology will do. Voters will register themselves as they do before. On the day of elections, people have to come and fill out a ballot with three QR codes at its bottom. Codes are;

  • a unique cryptographic number which is basically a blockchain address.
  • ballet ID
  • last one for the election ID

The ‘vote unit’ will be sent to the candidates on the scanning of the votes. candidates will receive a unique address, is also called a wallet. which is how the machine knowing where to send votes.

Where you can see the candidate’s address. Accordingly, you can have the complete check that how many votes each candidate has, using the blockchain explorer that pull up the information about each ledger.

A team of blockchain technologies shows a machine look like fax machine connected to screen. While the machine disconnects from the internet to keep nasty factors from operating the votes before it connects to the internet they coming in and burn the ballots to the DVD.

Here, the point arises is, how to configure the blockchain. There are more possibilities to use the same blockchain bitcoin. Whereas, blockchain technologies crop. Introduce new VoteUnit, who works in the same way. In addition, with one change that is no transaction fees for each transfer.

Security o the machines

Senior computer scientist Jeremy Epstein explains,” Blockchainoter will never be able to know”. Young admitted it but his team uses several safeguards.

In addition, young says, “The open source code combined with the paper, DVD, and blockchain audit trails may not completely eliminate fraud in the voting process, but it will be a step in the right direction. Especially compared to the 10-15-year-old, buggy electronic voting machines we use today”.

Reliability  

Steve Borelli software developer pointed that current voting machines manufacture by banking and security company Diebold has a large number of issues. Without any external inspection. Borelli explains Anyone who knows Python can look at every nook and cranny of the code.”

The broken parts of the machine can easily replace because parts are easily available. Whereas, when machines have been discontinued some parts are difficult to replace. Developers add the term Paper trail to the machines. Hacking may go hidden if there will not be the paper trail for voters. In addition, because of paper trail voters can be up to date with elections process and its difficulties. If DVD’s data and blockchains will not match then the paper ballots can be used for verification.

Borelli explains, “if you enter a vote into an electronic touch screen first, and then it spits out a result, then it’s vulnerable to manipulation before it reaches the physical paper form.’’

Blockchain technologies crop. believes that this machine would provide secure and transparent way of voting. Borelli says we are going to embarrass Diebold.

Good luck!

 

 

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