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Ethereum’s Buterin Jokingly Suggests Capping Ether Supply, Later Says It’s Actually Good Idea

  • David Dinkins
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    In an April Fools’ joke turned reality, Buterin says that his proposal to cap the maximum number of Ether actually has some merit.

Ethereum’s Buterin Jokingly Suggests Capping Ether Supply, Later Says It’s Actually Good Idea

Ethereum’s Buterin Jokingly Suggests Capping Ether Supply, Later Says It’s Actually Good Idea

As an April Fools’ joke, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin proposed to hard cap the maximum number of Ether at 120 mln. Yet, today Buterin pointed out that even while the intent of his “Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) was in jest, the issue is nonetheless real and relevant. Ethereum has long been criticised for its lack of a cap to the maximum number of coins, creating an inflationary instead of deflationary cryptocurrency. Critics point out that an investor expects his single Bitcoin to be 1/21,000,000th of the total supply, but has no clue how diluted his single Ether might become.

Buterin made it clear on Twitter that his proposal was a “meta-joke” intended to get the community talking about a possible future cap.


However, he says that just because it was intended as a joke, doesn’t mean the issue isn’t real and the arguments for a cap aren’t valid:


Fixed supply

Buterin pointed out that a fixed supply of Ether is “worth considering” due to changes in the ecosystem since Ethereum’s inception. In particular, he points to the rise of ASICs, which causes “PoW issuance [to fail] at making coin distribution more egalitarian.” He points out that with the rise of Casper’s Proof of Stake system, Proof of Work mining is no longer needed for network security. Finally, he says “with rewards coming from rent + other burned fees” Ethereum can “have rewards without issuance.”


In another tweet, Buterin pointed out that “in the long run” inflationary cryptocurrencies are a bad idea. He proposes that the crypto sector can become more egalitarian through the creation of new coins rather than the dilution of existing ones.


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David Dinkins is a freelance writer who holds a Master of Arts in history from Louisiana Tech University and has extensive teaching experience both at LSU – Shreveport and University of Phoenix. He got involved with cryptocurrency in early 2014 working as part of the Dash Core Team and have served in the role of writer/editor (mostly editor) during that time. He has edited a huge number of documents for the Core Team, including the Evolution whitepaper, the PrivateSend whitepaper, and many of Evan Duffield’s communications with the Dash Community.

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