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Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) Not Usable as Currencies: Former CTO Larimer

Sat, 03/27/2021 - 14:25
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Vladislav Sopov
Renowned developer Daniel Larimer, inventor of SteemIt (STEEM) and BitShares (BTS) and's former CTO, bashed the prospects of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH)
Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) Not Usable as Currencies: Former CTO Larimer
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Daniel Larimer, formerly of, recalled his prediction on Bitcoin (BTC) from 2010 and explained why EOS is usable as currencyand why Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) are for bank reserves only.

Larimer predicted Bitcoin (BTC) scalability bottlenecks in 2010

Daniel Larimer has taken to Twitter to recall his take on Bitcoin (BTC) scalability from 2010. Eleven years ago, in his discussion with mysterious Bitcoin (BTC) inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, he admitted that Bitcoin (BTC) will not be suitable for microtransactions.

Larimer recalls his 2010 discussion with Satoshi Nakamoto
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Thus, according to Mr. Larimer, Bitcoin (BTC) can now be used only for bank-to-bank transactions. For payments below $500, fees are bigger than those of traditional centralized banking systems, e.g., credit cards.

Asked about Lightning Network, a second-layer Bitcoin (BTC) scalability solution, Mr. Larimer stresses that it does not solve the issues.

He said that lightning payment channels can be used only by banks since all counterparties should be vigilant about full Bitcoin (BTC) node operations.

The sole remedy for the flagship cryptocurrency

The former CTO stressed that Eos Public Chain and its core asset, EOS, have no similar bottlenecks. EOS can be used as a currency while Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), even on massive adoption scales, can be used only for value storage.

However, there are two technical concepts that could help Bitcoin (BTC) get rid of these limitations. First, Bitcoin (BTC) should process bigger blocks. Then, the Bitcoin (BTC) network should move some transactional data off-chain to reduce pressure on the mainnet.

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