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Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Reveals What Prevents Cryptocurrencies from Reaching Mainstream Adoption

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During a recent interview with The Toronto Star, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin weighed in on the current state of the crypto space. The adoption issue turned out to be one of the focal points of the discussion, and Buterin shared his take on what would help to streamline it.

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Moving beyond Bitcoin

The Canadian prodigy has emphasized that the whole industry has expanded beyond Bitcoin, the Blockchain-based currency that protects its holders from corporate and state control.

Ethereum, the leading smart contract platform, applies the idea of decentralization to a multitude of other spheres. For example, OpenCerts allows registering diplomas on the Blockchain.

Moreover, major corporations, such as Microsoft, and governments around the world are also dabbling with the disruptive technology.

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The scalability problem 

With that being said, scalability remains a big concern. Buterin points out that the Ethereum Blockchain is ‘almost full,’ so there is not enough transaction space.

He believes that creating a network where all computers do not have to verify every single transaction could be a viable solution.

If we can move to networks where every computer on average verifies only a small portion of transactions then it can be done better.” 

While this could be a ‘modest’ sacrifice of security, making the Blockchain more scalable would help significantly bring down the cost of transactions.

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Alex Dovbnya

Alex covers all things crypto — from major projects, which are fighting tooth and nail to gain the upper hand in the burgeoning industry, to the latest regulatory trends around the world. He’s a firm believer that Blockchain has the potential to reshape pretty much every business out there, and cryptocurrencies are only a stepping stone to the upcoming decentralized revolution.

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