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    JoelQuinn reacted to CountZerpula in September tests from R3 Corda, conducted by Accenture, mentioned by Christine Lagarde   
    Hey Kiwi ... there is a video interview with Jennifer Peve of DTCC, where she describes the testing in some detail:
    For the testing, DTCC chose two private DLT platforms:
    R3|Corda Enterprise - https://www.r3.com/corda-enterprise/
    Digital Asset|DA Platform - https://www.digitalasset.com/products
    Accenture managed the project and created two ring-fenced environments within DTCC's AWS Cloud environment.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to KarmaCoverage in Western Union (xRapid pilot) and Coins.ph (xRapid preferred) exchange is currently partner.   
    You make a good point about the unserved markets, and Ripple enabling WU to grow into these newly profitable markets.
    The other thing about Ripple "not saving WU much" is that WU floats their own capital (sort of like American Express, but not visa/mc). WU & AMEX could reduce their float inventory, "saving" by using less money to fund the same amount of payment flows, but to do this the float would have to come from somewhere....? Exchange trading liquidity.
    My guess is that when Exchange liquidity is deep enough, they and many others will test out the "savings" and grow a taste for it.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to hallwaymonitor in The Future of Payments Ft. Dan Schulman and Brad Garlinghouse   
    I think the best piece of information from the video was that Ripple signed 3 production contracts per week. Thus, the current signing rate would give us 156 (3*52) new production contracts during 2019 assuming that the signing rate won't change (it likely will) during the year.
    Credits to Michael Nardolillo from Twitter.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Coretex in Poker player wearing Ripple/XRP HODL hat!   
    Pity it was not Daniel wearing that hat
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Simoun in SBI CEO Newest Statement: Tightening Cooperation With Ripple (XRP) To Spread MoneyTap To 200 Financial Institutions And Beyond   
    I don't think he can here the naysayers from all the explosions he's walking away from.

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    JoelQuinn reacted to lucky in Hi! I'm Bob   
    The problem with paying taxes on transactions of a high velocity (micro) payment system in which  it becomes very easy to pay people for things that they are currently doing for free (such as you rewarding me for typing this text), is that the higher the velocity of payments, the faster the money will be completely eaten by taxes. For example, if the tax is only 1%, after transacting a single unit around 500 times (Bob paying Alice, Alice paying Charlie, Charly paying Bob etc), 99% of that unit has been eaten by taxes.
    So that makes applying tax rates to highly efficient digital micropayment systems a problem even at very low rates. But only if the taxes are extracted OUT of the payment system, and into the mortar and brick payment system that operates at a millionth of the velocity.
    However, there should not be a problem if the taxes are redistributed at the same velocity as they are charged. If you consider paying tax to the government as money that is evenly redistributed across all (services for) community members, you could build a system in which the tax on each transaction is immediately evenly redistributed to all community members (Alice, Bob and Charlie etc), as a form of basic income. The efficient payment system then also enables "the governement" to charge (micro) payments on the usage of all public services, including using a road, or even walking in a park... But taxes are also raised to pay for things you don't want to charge on a pay-per-use basis, such as art, law enforcement and police. For that you could create some mechanism that allows members to vote on what projects receive crowdfunding (a bigger slice of the tax pie than basic income).
    One of the reason that I'm so bullish on digital assets is that it can enable a society in which taxes and voting on what to spend the taxes can be organised in a completely automated, transparent and fair way.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to JoelKatz in Hi! I'm Bob   
    No, nothing like that.
    Community credit is about "money" arising from interactions between peers rather than between issuers and users.
    For example, suppose you do something for me and I allow you to "owe me one". The idea is for this to act as a currency. Someone who wants something from me (and who I don't trust enough to let them owe me one) wants me to owe them one rather than owing you one. So if they do something for you, you could give them the "marker" you got when you did me a favor and now I owe them a favor. These "markers" can function as a currency.
    It's kind of like a system where all that exists is balances between people. You may trust me enough to extend me credit. So when I want something from you, you may let me owe you $50 but no more. You now have a +$50 balance and I have a -$50 balance. Now if I want something else from you, I'm out of credit. So I need to find someone who either you owe money to or who will let you borrow from them and give them something for which they in return will restore my credit.
    So, for example, say you have Alice, Bill, and Charlie. Alice is highly trusted because she has a valuable commercial network and both Bill and Charlie are willing to let Alice owe them money. Alice needs something from Charlie and in exchange Charlie lets Alice owe her $20.
    So now, Charlie owes Alice $20. Alice can borrow from Bill or Charlie.
    Now, say Bill wants something from Alice. Alice won't extend Bill any credit because she doesn't trust him. But Bill can give Charlie $20 and in exchange for the $20 Alice owes him and now Alice owes $20 to Bill. Bill can pay Alice $20 with her own IOU.
    This is precisely how all assets other than XRP work in the XRP Ledger. They're always balances between accounts, either account can extend credit to the other, and balances can "ripple" through accounts.
    By having XRP in the mix, credit can be settled and restored immediately. For example, Alice can place an offer to give out a $10 IOU for 32 XRP. Now if someone owes Alice $10, they can buy a $10 IOU from Alice and the two IOUs cancel out. This will restore their credit.
    This is an implementation of Ryan Fugger's original vision of money arising out of community relationships and providing people a network of assets and credits they can contribute to and draw off of. Arthur's genius was to provide a system of gateways to allow the system to be easily connected to external financial systems to help avoid the problem of long paths or unidirectional flows.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Dinoizzy in Hi! I'm Bob   
    @JoelKatz, @nikb and @BobWay all in the same thread....
    I have a de-fib on standby just in case Brad casually rocks up.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to JoelKatz in Hi! I'm Bob   
    We certainly would never discourage anyone from using the XRPL's distributed exchange feature! I'm still a bit sad that our strategy lead us in a different direction and that we abandoned the nascent ecosystem we had been building. It was clear that the feature was way ahead of its time and there was no direct path to adoption then.
    I talk to Ethan (head of Xpring and pretty much everything at Ripple other than cross-currency payments) frequently about whether there are good use cases for the ledger's decentralized exchange now and whether that's something we can use Xpring to help develop. I have a plan that moves us in that direction that I've been working on and shown to several people inside the company. The problem I keep coming back to is that there isn't quite a great use case that I can see how to move to a product just yet. But getting more minds thinking in that direction might yield results and time has brought the rest of the world in this direction.
    The other thing that Arthur and I built into the ledger in the early days is community credit. That is, I think, even further ahead of its time and even harder to see a solid use case for in the near term. I sometimes feel like I work for Twitter in 2000 and I'm trying to explain to everyone that for us to really grow, people need better phones. Of course, there was no Twitter in 2000 -- it was too early. I'm trying to find ways to make it later as quickly as possible.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to RubMyXRPs in Hi! I'm Bob   
    Hi Bob!
    Welcome and great to have you on board!
    I have two questions:
    1.) Are you bearableguy123?
    2.) Do you like gifs?

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    JoelQuinn reacted to BobWay in Hi! I'm Bob   
    I really have no idea. I was head down ignoring crypto at that moment. I don't think I knew it got to .80, I remember my wife telling me .60 at one point. I haven't done any trading since 2017 actually. Just hodling on!
    Banks are very interesting. US banks are very competitive. Canadian banks seem more cooperative. All seem like pack animals to me. It's hard to get the pack moving, but once a few start it quickly turns into a stampede. It's important for me to analyze the news based on this competitive perspective.
    JP Morgan (because you named them) isn't really competing with Ripple. They have had their own internal blockchain team for several years. It used to be run by Amber Baldet who I met with on several occasions while working at Ripple. She is an amazingly smart leader and was very gracious to me personally. She referring us up the chain to her bosses several times for very productive meetings.
    On the other hand, if you look at RippleNet you'll see Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the steering committee. It's probably a pretty good presumption that JP Morgan and Bank of America are pretty competitive. I think of JP Morgan's latest news as more of a shot across the bow towards our other banks, rather than Ripple in particular. But I do think that it might cause all the RippleNet banks to pick up their pace a bit. Everyone in RippleNet wants to be seen as both a thought and execution leader. You can't be that if you're second.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to BobWay in Hi! I'm Bob   
    I really can't hint. I don't have any specific knowledge.
    When I left Ripple I need to decompress and concentrate on other things for my own sanity. I haven't had much contact with the team nor have I been reading their press releases. I know the shape of the financial ecosystem as a whole. I know where Ripple had looked for inroads before. Some of those showed promise and other showed no promise. Mostly what I'm doing is taking my historical experience and knowledge and speculating at what I think are the most productive ways forward. Basically that was my job while I was at Ripple as well.
    This is a fun question! Thanks.
    How would you like to be a founding member of the sales team for one of the most famous "blockchain technology" companies in the world? But let's make it harder. Let's give you a product to sell that doesn't directly use your fancy blockchain or your famous cryptocurrency asset at all! Wouldn't that be fun?
    The way I explained it is, "ILP uses the technologies of blockchain, without the chain of blocks."
    Keep in mind "blockchain technology" is not Ripple jargon. Chris Larson started discussing "distributed ledgers" and all the things you could do with them that weren't cryptocurrency related. This argument got such a great response in business and the press that folks from the bitcoin/altcoin sphere coined the term "blockchain technology" in response to our discussion "distributed ledgers".
    xCurrent, xVia, xRapid, and the XRP ledger all implement "synchronized" (atomic) payments with instant settlement. That is the key feature "rippling payments" are built on. XRP ledger and ILP are built upon similar primitives. Transaction hashes, digital signatures, cryptographic keys, ledger entries (accounts, journals). XRP is public and counterpartyless. ILP is private and follows existing accounting relationships.
    The overall theme and goal of Ripple as a company is to glue all of these technologies together into a synchronized payment network with instant settlement. Those two topics probably need their own thread. XRP represents the core of that network.
    XRP distribution probably needs its own thread as well.
    It turns out the reason Ripple the company still has so much XRP is a happy accident. It wasn't the original goal. It just turns out that distributing it was much more complicated than anyone expected. How hard could giving away free money be? At least that is what most of us thought at the beginning...
    The happy part of the accident is that (in my personal analysis) without that reserve of XRP to draw on, it would be impossible to force XRP into the position of global bridge currency asset. So, curiously, I think Ripple holding that much XRP is critical to XRPs success. It also means that other cryptocurrency system that attempt to become a global bridge currency will fail for lack of the leverage necessary to displace existing bridge currencies.
    Very long ago there was an offer to buy Ripple out. Most considered it undervalued and preferred to remain independent. That was a good call in retrospect.
    I don't know If there have been other more recent offers. Above my pay grade as they say.
    The biggest concern is ALWAYS that our potential partners and customers don't move fast enough. I don't see any directly nefarious enemies. Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is the thing the company fights the hardest. One of the key tools in that fight is to leverage the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). 
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    JoelQuinn reacted to BobWay in Hi! I'm Bob   
    Sorry to answer out of order, but I think this is closely related to what I just got done writing about.
    I addressed this in my previous post. I would absolutely expect that to happen.
    Ripple has a team called "Product" and a separate team called "Development".
    The Ripple development team has created a set of core technologies. Rippled, RippleConnect, the Interledger Protocol, the ILP components (ledger, connector, notary).
    The Ripple product team has take these technologies and "productized" them for certain markets. (xCurrent, xVia, xRapid) The Ripple marketing and communication team and sales team then promotes these products. Marcom through the Ripple website, press and conferences. The sales team through direct meetings with banks and payment service providers. 
    The marcom efforts are what tend to leak across to this site. What you don't really hear about are the core technology developments and how they underly current products. Once you understand that it becomes easier to guess about future products.So specifically, you hear xRapid is meant for non-banking financial institutions. That is absolutely true at the moment. What I hear is much different.
    I hear:
    We've put together glossy fliers to explain some core Ripple technology to payment services providers in these countries who serve these types of customers We're setting up press interviews to get word of this particular growth tactic into our targeted market We've also put together a sales team to approach payment service providers in those countries We've also put together operations and support teams to make sure anything they've deployed doesn't fall over We've also setup a markets team to monitory the prices and trading volume to make sure XRP is cheaper than alternative paths We've also has the markets team analyze alternative rebalancing paths than can compensate for one-way-flow price imbalances Note that all of the things I've bulleted build operation excellence. They don't actually constrain XRPs use to that particular market in perpetuity. At any given moment, the product and marketing teams might decide to take the exact same underlying core technologies and "re-productize" them towards a new set of potential customers. When this happens, all the operational excellence will transfer and the new teams will have a running start as they grow RippleNet.
    I think the "write a book" side is winning at the moment! 
    What I'm trying to clarify is that banks as gateways is exactly what Ripple is trying to achieve! It just seems like Ripple is taking a rather convoluted path to get there. There are several reasons for that. Early on we tried to sell Banks on the idea of being directly on the RCL (Ripple ledger) and allowing their customers to open accounts (trust lines) with them directly on ledger. The banks pushed back on this pretty hard. It is pretty easy to see why. The Ripple client was a bit hard to use and understand for someone who wasn't a crypto geek. The already had their own "web banking" clients and preferred to keep their customers in their own walled garden.
    Secondly, the banks really didn't like the concept of a "public" ledger. Banks are used to keeping all their relationships and transactions private.
    And third, all high volume financial institutions kept asking, "Will it scale?" Questions like, "Can you support every credit card transaction during the Christmas season?" There is no getting around the fact that consensus based systems have limits. If everyone world wide needed to reach agreement that every Chinese lunch CNY payment happened and serialize them into a single globally agreed upon sequence that seems a bit silly if you are a European bank specialized in local EUR payments. Beyond transactional scalability, you need to think about user account scalability. If you want to put 8 billion people on ledger and each of them is going to have a couple of trust lines and maybe market orders then you are looking towards 100 billion ledger entries. That means server get larger and operational costs do as well.
    User scalability led us toward a "hosted wallet" model.
    Most customer fiat accounts are kept off RCL at the banks that currently hold them. Only a single RCL account root is needed for the bank. Individual customers. All transaction are processed via RCL using source/destination tags so the institutions can figure out which customers were involved. RippleConnect was designed to protect the customer's privacy even though the ledger transactions among banks were still public.
    It did away with the need for publicly visible source/destination tags. It implemented the concept of "pre-transaction negotiation" between financial institutions. Institutions communicate off ledger to: Determine who Alice and Bob are Exchange KYC/AML information Decide if all parties are willing to participate in a transaction PRIOR TO moving any money on the RCL This ability to reject a transaction before it happens completely avoids the lossy reversal problem inherent with market based payments. ILP was Ripple's attempt to address the other banks concerns of privacy and scalability
    ILP based networks use bi-lateral communication between account co-parties. No one else sees those messages. ILP based networks are highly scalable because your server doesn't receive messages for transactions you don't participate in. Every Ripple product you read about is built out of a handful of core technologies.
    The Ripple consensus ledger (XRPL now). This is useful when you need synchronized transactions and no counter party risk. ILP based components (xCurrent, xVia). These are useful when you need synchronized transactions as well and privacy and scalability. RippleConnect's pre-transaction messaging and payment object. This allows institutions to agree on what they are doing and the costs, prior to moving money. xCurrent, xVia, xRapid all use the payment object and pre-transaction messaging concepts. RippleConnect 1.0-2.0 implemented hosted wallets for RCL RippleConnect 3.0 implemented hosted wallets for ILP   
    If you separate the core technologies from the product/marketing discussion it becomes much easer to see a roadmap that takes us all the way to the end.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to BobWay in Hi! I'm Bob   
    This is a great couple of questions. I feel handicapped by not having a whiteboard to draw on in answering. Excuse my ASCII art...
    The best way to think of XRP usage is in the context of Alice and Bob. But in the current world where neither Alice nor Bob know anything about XRP.
    Alice is part of an ecosystem of payment senders. The Alice's of the world work their day jobs and receive and hold their money in the local fiat currency. (Alice) ----@ (Bank A)     So in Ascii art, "Alice hold her money in an account at Bank A" Bob is part of an ecosystem of payment receivers. The Bob's of the world also hold their money in their local fiat currency. (Bank A) @----- (Bob).     "Bob holds his money in an account at Bank B" In drawing it out, you ALWAYS end up with a graph. That graph tells you if and how money can flow and how much it will cost along each path option.
    (Alice) ----@ (Bank A) @---- (Mark) ----@ (Bank B) @---- (Bob).    "Mark holds accounts at both Bank A and Bank B" He allows money to flow through his accounts. Note: These are the types of diagrams the Ripple graph was intended to explore.
    So notice that I didn't list XRP anywhere in the above diagram. That seems like it sucks at first. But it is worth realizing that what I've done goes beyond Alice and Bob as individuals. What I've done is connect EVERY customer  of Bank A with EVERY customer at Bank B. Meaning I've connected two whole ecosystems.
    If I replace the banks with something larger, then the payment potential gets larger.
    (Alice) ----@ (SPEI) @---- (Mark) ----@ (IMPS)  @---- (Bob).        "Now anyone with a bank account in Mexico can send synchronized payments to anyone in India"  
    But what about XRP? Isn't Mark just going to get rich here trading fiat?
    Yes, but the first step is to get money moving through OUR system (RippleNet). The least scary way (for banks) to do that is via fiat like they are used to.
    XRP comes in as an alternate lower cost path.
    (Alice) ----@ (SPEI) @----------------------- (Mark) ----------------------@ (IMPS)  @---- (Bob)                 We want this path to cost more                       (SPEI) @---- (Mark) ----@ (XRP) @---- (Mak) ----@ (IMPS)                                      We want this path to cost less You can add that path without upsetting the original topology. If a bank is scared of crypto they can pay more. if they want to pay less, they can route through crypto. I'll leave it to you to decide how long you think banks will want to pay more for transactions.
    So a good way to think about Ripple's strategy is as multiple teams building out operational volume in different sections of the graph.
    The xCurrent part of RippleNet is building out operation value on the top line. This includes growing the total pool of "Alices and Bobs". The xRapid part of RippleNet is building out the operation that will assure that the XRP path always costs less. Initially this looks like two disconnected ecosystems, Banks vs Payment Services. But I think it is more insightful to think about it as building operational mastery in different conceptual areas. The payment services xRapid is targeting already use the top line banking ecosystem. They are not closing their bank accounts. They are just augmenting them with additional lower cost paths. One you realize that, it become easer to see how banks can adopt these same lower cost paths with few additional operation changes.
    With that as background, keep an eye on Japan, India, Mexico, and Canada. Then I'd start looking for large markets in South America and East Asia. As I mentioned in a previous post, any countries that are current clearing payments through US banks, but are at risk of "de-risking" account closure are very good candidates to use XRP. This allows them to dis-intermediate the correspondents looking to de-risk them.
    Again, I don't have first hand knowledge of which partnerships are farthest along. But that is the way I analyze the larger financial ecosystem as a whole.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to BobWay in Hi! I'm Bob   
    Just a quick note to everyone...
    I'm enjoying all the accolades and the really great welcome I've received here. Thank you all! I'm realizing that I really am quite vain! 
    But really I'd appreciate everyone here being very skeptical. Just know It won't scare me off.
    This holds for questioning me and my presumptions... Really question EVERYTHING you've ever seen in a press release. I'm not a huge fan of puffery. There are too many awesome technical and ecosystem developments going to waste time puffing silliness. I'm happy to explain thing in either high-level marketing speak, or way too low-level technical talk. I love it when people understand and appreciate the Ripple Ledger, and ILP, and Synchronized Payments, and consensus algorithms, and...  It's all quite beautiful once you see it clearly. My role is to help everyone see it clearly. 
    I used to tell all the new Ripplers that I trained, "DON'T presume that you SHOULD BE able to understand everything we say. Lots of the words we use don't actually make any sense. Many phrases have weird connotations that you can't possibly understand. We are horrible about naming things and tend to explain easy things in quirky terms. NOBODY IN BANKING EVER ISSUES YOU A BALANCE! They simply credit your account. But we continue to say these silly things everyday."
    You can all presume that I think I'm right  and also presume that I think I'm telling you the complete truth. But be skeptical! Make me explain it to your satisfaction and bring your own insights. That is where I get the most benefit. The fastest way for me to realize when I'm wrong is to have smarter people than me tell me so! I hate being wrong, but I hate more, being wrong without people telling me so.
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to some great discussion!
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    JoelQuinn reacted to xrpmommy in confirmation of , everis - an NTT DATA Company, using ripple   
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Simoun in MV37   
    I first came across the DTCC connection from Darren's extensive research (Twitter handle @fame21moore).  He also mentioned this interesting thought:
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Simoun in MV37   
    From an MV37 Q3 2018 whitepaper:



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    JoelQuinn reacted to Benchmark in Has Corey Johnson left Ripple?   
    The sensible thing is that we simply don't know what the reasons were.
    Everything else is speculation.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to KarmaCoverage in Earthport, VIsa, MC and Ripple   
    I suspect that Earthport is a "Supernode" in the RippleNet network and that they are competing to buy a position in the network with the "highest eigenvector centrality".
    This is strategic positioning.

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    JoelQuinn reacted to xrpmommy in Brad @ wef Davos panel discussion   
    Starts @ 2:12:09
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    JoelQuinn got a reaction from trogdor in IFGS 2018 Panel: Blockchain - Pipeline or Pipe dream? - Marcus Treacher, Ripple's Global Head of Strategic Accounts   
    Ripple is miles ahead in a new industry/paradigm marathon. Marcus sitting somewhere beyond the starting line, smiling knowingly, when the rest of the panel is talking about when use cases might begin in the space. 
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    JoelQuinn reacted to Tehol_Beddict in Global cooperation in crypto regs coming to light   
    I’m suggesting this possibility based on the timing of all the regs coming through at similar times...
    Bahrain and UAE: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thenational.ae/business/technology/experts-call-for-regulations-to-govern-cryptocurrencies-1.813685
    Please share if you know of more recent regulatory progress.
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    JoelQuinn reacted to lucky in "The only problem that holds XRP back is regulatory certainty, not technical issues." - Ryan Zagone   
    Only a very few of the new "experts" that bought their coins, will still hold in three years. That's called "distribution". As time passes by, new stakeholders enter the project.
    It surprises me how frequent contributors to this forum still don't see the fundamental innovation that decentralized digital assets are bringing to our world, and how they will help us to shape a better future.
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