Like Gold, Bitcoin is Becoming the Ultimate Safe Haven Investment

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The relative stability of Bitcoin during periods of geopolitical uncertainties has allowed the digital currency to be considered by investors as a safe haven for the preservation of their wealth. Two major events in 2016 that quickly come to mind when considering the geopolitical risks borne by holders of fiat currencies, stocks, commodities and other financial elements are Brexitand the US elections. The fallout from these events saw the nations’ currencies and stocks plummet within very short periods of time. Safety first One of the most critical factors that investors consider is the safety of their investment. During periods of anticipated volatility, holders of local investments usually seek a safe haven for their wealth and value preservation. Recent events have shown that, like gold, Bitcoin is gradually assuming the role of a run-to hideout for value preservation. Michael Vogel, CEO of Netcoins, says: “In some circles Bitcoin is still considered a high-risk investment vehicle, while others consider Bitcoin to be the ultimate safe haven investment.” Digital currencies like Bitcoin were built from the ground up and designed for the era of information. Bitcoin allows value to be transacted directly, peer to peer, without an intermediary, hence it is not bound …

Major Franchise Installs 11 Bitcoin ATMs in Cafes Across Canada

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Prominent Bitcoin ATM operator BitNational, has installed its signature two-way Bitcoin ATMs in the headquarters and branches of Waves Coffee House, a major franchise founded in 2005. The corporation operates 38 cafes across British Columbia and Alberta, and was selected by over 1,500 coffee retailers as the “best of brands” in Canada. As Bitcoin progresses towards mainstream adoption, major corporations and established institutions are attempting to familiarize its employees and customers with the leading global digital currency. Drew Glover, co-founder at BitNational stated: “The latest in a string of corporations now acknowledging the fledgling digital currency Bitcoin, Waves Coffee House, has installed a Bitcoin ATM in their corporate headquarters in New Westminster, BC.” As demonstrated in BitNational’s Bitcoin ATM locator map, 10 branches of Waves Coffee House, or what the company likes to call “Waves,” currently have Bitcoin ATMs installed. The 11th Bitcoin ATM is installed in the headquarters of Waves Coffee House, for the benefit of its employees. The presence of Bitcoin ATMs in the branches of Waves Coffee Shop, which is recognized by the Brand Coaches as the “Hottest Brand in Canada,” is favorable for the Canadian Bitcoin market and for the exposure of the digital currency across …

How Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Elections And Empower Individuals

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As unprecedented charges of rigging have loomed over the U.S. presidential election, much attention has focused on the capability of blockchain technology to make voting more transparent. Joseph Lubin, the founder of ConsenSys and the co-founder of Ethereum, observed in an article in Futurism that decentralizing technologies have important implications for not only improving elections, but in empowering individuals overall. In addition to charges of rigging, this year’s U.S. election featured the emergence of foreign and non-state actors wielding the power to influence the election’s outcome. Decentralized actors form Wikileaks to Anonymous have exerted influence over the race. A foreign controller of a big botnet can create major confusion which can affect events from a distance, Lubin noted. Where the United States has historically sought to police the world, the world has since become capable of exerting checks and balances on the U.S. political system. Chinese and Russian hacks, meanwhile, are exerting information-based influence on foreign shores. Stuxnet and similar cyber weapons have delivered millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Blockchain technology’s decentralizing power will deliver tools that can not only disrupt existing systems, but also provide solutions to enable more transparent, predictable and fairer outcomes. Governance Through Code When organizations …

“Make Something People Want”: How Blockchain Has Become a Fetish

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Desire for an entity that is believed to convey supernatural powers, eliciting a condition of intense excitement. We call this fetishism. An old idea is that our consumer society is afflicted by a fetish for commodities, coveting the trappings of a phantasmagoric existence. More recently the idea of “Blockchain” has emerged as an object of contemporary fetish. We’ve heard that it’s bigger than the Internet itself! It’s, almost, bigger than The Beatles! Given this state of affairs one might start to wonder – from whence did this adulation of Blockchain arise? The situation is analogous to the great technological fetish concept of “artificial intelligence” and the never ending stream of dubious research and claims it provokes, in stark contrast to the more somber and practical field of machine learning, which is more firmly rooted in the realm of the empirically possible. As the idea of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies becomes more normalized, they cease to function as a tabula rasa upon which we can project our wildest fantasies and increasingly we turn to the idea of Blockchain to satisfy this need. In order for a technology to catch hold of the collective unconscious (kollektives Unbewusstes) in the fantastic way that the …

US to Weaken Regulations for Digital Currencies, Blockchain by 2017

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The US government has called for the formation of a “responsible innovation” fintech department to spur the growth of emerging technologies including cryptocurrencies, the Blockchain technology and other financial technologies that could enhance existing financial systems. US regulatory body the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC), which previously expressed their optimism towards digital currencies and the Blockchain technology, is planning to launch three offices in Washington, New York and San Francisco led by a chief innovation officer. The 30th Comptroller of the Currency of the United States, Thomas J. Curry, stated: “The OCC supports responsible innovation that enhances the safety and soundness of the federal banking system, treats customers fairly and promotes financial inclusion […] we are ensuring that institutions with federal charters have a regulatory framework that is receptive to responsible innovation.” Effect on Blockchain startups While it is still difficult to speculate the impact of the OCC’s plans on Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies, it will hugely affect the operations of Blockchain and distributed ledger startups that are collaborating with banks and major financial institutions. The OCC states that the formation of a responsible innovation department will allow the organization to “identify, understand and respond to financial …

The Trump Train Goes to Washington; Three Ways Trump Helps Bitcoin

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As I went over in an Op-Ed on Sunday, Hillary Clinton could not be allowed to become President of the United States. Call me crazy, but the world does not need openly corrupt, lying, World War 3-threatening politicians controlling Washington. Donald Trump wanted to “drain the swamp” and he is a man who gets things done, starting at the head of state. He’s already done more in one night than President Obama has done in eight years. Thank you America, for joining me and the rest of the liberty movement on the right side of history. Ok, enough about me being so right all the time…..what does this mean for Bitcoin? I’m going to give you three fast ways Trump helps Bitcoin and provides Bitcoin a much better future than the corrupt alternative. Bitcoin price should go up even faster for the rest of the year Bitcoin has proven to be just like Donald John Trump, a winner, from jump street, and 2016 has been no different. Bitcoin was up by over 60 percent this year going into election night, and these results will only build upon that growth throughout the coming weeks and months ahead. Bitcoin has proven to …