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Chairman of Swiss Bankers Association Explains How Crypto Impacts Traditional Banks

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    Disruptive technologies like cryptocurrencies force traditional banks to embrace changes and improve their services, according to Herbert Scheidt

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During a recent interview with CNN Money, Herbert Scheidt, the chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association, weighed in on the surge of new players in the banking industry, claiming that they push traditional banks to implement innovations. However, Scheidt thinks that Facebook's Libra isn't likely to compete with "very fast and secure" Swiss banking institutions. 

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A necessity for a change

While addressing the impact of new disruptive technologies (digitalization, neobanks, fintech) Schiedt said that they have to be as technical as their rivals. He also signifies the importance of being challenged. 

They offer very particular services at very low prices, and we, as an industry, we have to look at it and say 'Can we do the same as they do?'         

Traditional banks usually find it more difficult to keep up with the latest tech advancements given that they already have their legacy infrastructure, but there is a strong necessity to make these changes, according to Scheidt.   

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Switzerland doesn't need Libra

Libra seemed to an inevitable topic given the content of their conversation. Notably, Facebook chose Switzerland as a springboard for implementing its cryptocurrency ambitions. Scheidt says that Libra is more acceptable as an exchange mechanism compared to other cryptocurrencies given that it's pegged to a basket of fiat currencies. However, there is no need for Swiss banks to touch it.  

The likelihood that Libra will be used quickly in Switzerland is not very high.

Still, Scheidt says that the controversial coin could make "very quick and very important inroads" in those areas that lack robust financial infrastructure. 

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Libra's troubles 

Meanwhile, as reported by U.Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed Libra as a power grab, also dispelling the rumors that the tech giant will launch its own cryptocurrency. In the same week, PayPal also delivered a blow to Facebook's cryptocurrency by withdrawing its support for the project

Cryptocurrency exchange CoinFLEX is launching a new derivatives product that will allow market participants to bet whether the coin, which has been facing close regulatory scrutiny, will be rolled out before Dec. 30, 2020.   

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

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    Google's quantum computer is still too primitive to pose a threat for Bitcoin's cryptography, but things could escalate quickly

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According to a new research paper published in science journal Nature, Google's quantum computer is able to perform calculations in just three minutes. To put this into perspective, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 10,000 years to perform the same operation, which signifies a major tech milestone for the search behemoth. 

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Google achieves "quantum supremacy"

Back in September, the Financial Times reported that Google has managed to achieve "quantum supremacy," which means that its beast is able to perform calculations that would be impossible to pull off with any other computer. 

However, technology is still way too fragile for commercialization, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is hardly any practical application for quantum computers, but they do have great potential for disrupting a lot of industries, such as finance and transportation.   

Considering that the Trump administration has funneled a whopping $1.2 bln into the development of quantum computing, it might stop being just a buzz word. 

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Will Google's quantum success affect Bitcoin

There is also one notable application for quantum computing -- hacking Bitcoin. The headlines about Google's super-powerful juggernaut has made many wonder whether Bitcoin, whose value derives from the immutability of its Blockchain, is in danger. 

However, ex-Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd reassured the confused crypto crowd that Google was nowhere near breaking the top coin's cryptography. On top of that, it's not even clear whether quantum computers could potentially be scalable enough for commercial use. 

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos also opined that Google's quantum breakthrough would have no impact on the orange coin. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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