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Bitcoin, the most beloved coin of the world, has been experiencing very inconsistent prices in the market. Through it all, it remains the most valued asset in the industry, it ranks as the No.1 cryptocurrency. At the time of writing, Bitcoin was priced at $46,541.09 and experienced a drop of 2.55% in the last 24 hours.
An economics professor at Cornell University and author of ‘The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance’ says that Bitcoin’s use of blockchain technology is not very efficient and that the asset itself may not last long.
The real legacy of Bitcoin is not the cryptocurrency itself, but blockchain technology
Eswar Prasad, senior professor of international trade policy at Cornell University, told CNBC in a recent interview that Bitcoin hasn’t used blockchain technology in a very efficient way. He also states that there are many other steady coins, that have used blockchain far more decisively.
According to Prasad, the world’s largest cryptocurrency hasn’t been serving well as a medium of exchange and it is not going to have any elemental value except for what investors feel,
“Cryptos have become purely speculative assets”
Furthermore, he adds that this cryptocurrency has a validation mechanism that ostensibly destroys the environment and it doesn’t calibrate very well. It is true that the said coin’s carbon footprint is extremely massive and that it is bigger than the whole of New Zealand. Cambridge University researchers say that this cryptocurrency consumes more energy than the entire annual energy consumption of the Netherlands.
Over the years, the crypto market has seen the rise of gobs of other altcoins that have been stable in terms of price and consume a subjacent amount of energy in comparison to BTC.
Professor Prasad stated that the promise of Decentralized Finance(DeFi) using blockchain technology is real. He believes that blockchain technology, the primitive automation of cryptocurrencies, will be radically revamped magnificently in the ways of transactions in our daily lives. Blockchain technology is the future, it has already brought about changes in our central financial ways leaving everyone to wonder what it holds in the future.