In the cryptoverse, all eyes are on Deconomy 2018 in Seoul, South Korea, wherein many of the space’s heavyweights have gathered to lecture and debate. To that end, Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin just live-tweeted the “Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle” program in which Blockstream CSO Samson Mow, Bitcoin.com owner Roger Ver, and self-described Satoshi Craig S. Wright asserted their clashing visions.
Mow Up First
Everyone’s got opinions in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, and Vitalik Buterin’s certainly got his. He started off his live-tweeting session by noting how Blockstream CSO Samson Mow began his presentation with milder positions than expected.
He then politely challenged Mow’s interpretation of the history of money.
On the subject of gold, Buterin agreed with Mow that bitcoin was better and that gold was “worse” for the environment.
He also challenged just how “divisible” Mow asserted bitcoin was:
As Mow finished up his introductory segment and Roger Ver prepared to take the stage, Buterin said it’s best not to overhype the Bitcoin Boom.
Buterin started out with some appreciation for Roger’s populist approach.
But he qualified that appreciation by saying Roger’s economic comparison between Hong Kong and Havana was a bit like apples and oranges when it comes to what crypto could facilitate.
As Ver finished up his solo talk, the Ethereum co-creator wished there had been more engagement with the arguments of “small blockers” like Samson Mow.
Thirdly came Craig S. Wright’s presentation, and Buterin’s live-tweeting made it clear that he’s no fan of CSW.
His main charge was that Wright would jump from one unrelated and unfinished thought to the next:
The young Ethereum wunderkind also challenged Wright’s technical understanding of the topic of selfish mining, saying that his personal “bulls*** meter” was overflowing.
As Wright finished up his presentation, Buterin lined up with Mow and disregarded Wright’s disregard of client-side validation.
Ver & Mow Panel Gets Chippy
The final phase of the live-tweeting session came during a panel among Ver, Mow, and Jeff Paik. Notably, Buterin had points of agreement with both Mow and Ver.
As the debate progressed and the replace-by-fee topic came up, Buterin had his own technical suggestion for the technical minds behind bitcoin cash (BCH):
He then agreed with Ver that the original vision for bitcoin (BTC) had been “diverted.”
Buterin also agreed with Mow that there shouldn’t be any more bad blood between the BTC and BCH communities now that the two have gone their separate ways.
He concluded by saying the bitcoin factions need to elevate the civility of their inter-community discourse.
Oh, and one last shot at Craig Wright, of course.
What’s your take? Do you think more structured debates like this are needed in the cryptoverse? Sound off in the comments below.
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