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Ethereum Updates for 2019: Ethereum 1x, Constantinople, 2.0 and more

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Ethereum's next network upgrade has been agreed upon and developers are already looking past the network upgrade into the future of Ethereum.

Ethereum’s next network upgrade has been agreed upon and developers are already looking past the network upgrade into the future of Ethereum. Ethereum’s Constantinople upgrade has been agreed upon by developers at block 7,080,000 which will be roughly in mid-January. The hard fork will bring five different Ethereum improvement proposals to life. Among these proposals is the dropping of the block reward from three down to two and delaying the difficulty bomb. Also discussed at that same meeting where the hard fork date was decided upon was making Ethereum ASIC resistant, making Ethereum friendly for home miners. All of this news comes only days after the announcements regarding Ethereum 1x.

 

Ethereum 1x:

Ethereum 1x is essentially composed of a wide range of different proposals that could be activated as soon as June 2019. Some of these proposals include charging a fee to users who store smart contract data on the chain or even storing the smart contract data of chain and even to archive the old information stored on the Ethereum blockchain. All of this to make Ethereum a bit more lightweight.

 

Ewasm Virtual Machine

Ewasm is a new virtual machine focused on processing smart contract code and which will allow for the easy deployment of common smart contracts which will be optimized to run on the Ethereum virtual machine.

All these updates should be a significant boost to the blockchain when combined together. But these are all just stepping stones on the path to Ethereum 2.0 which will probably be happening in 2020.

 

Ethereum 2.0

Ethereum 2.0 will change the working model of Ethereum from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake. Ethereum 2.0 will implement the Sharting and will support a fully updated Ethereum Virtual Machine allowing Ethereum to scale for the coming flood of Dapps. Currently, there are eight different teams working on building the future for Ethereum.

Will Ethereum be able to build a real value and move beyond just being an ICO engine with a couple of Dapps that have just a few users to being something that really hits institutional grade adoption and allows massive communities to interact with each other using blockchain technology. Although Vitalik Buterin and his team and working hard in making this a reality but other projects such as TRON are already working on making that happen before Ethereum does.

 

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Ethereum is not a Security: SEC Chairman confirms Commission Staff Analysis

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Jay Clayton, the Chairman of the SEC and an American attorney gave confirmation on the Commission Staff’s Analysis that said that cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum are not securities.

 

Ethereum like tokens are not securities:

The SEC chairman has responded to a letter signed which was signed by Tedd Budd and several other colleagues after asking that whether the policy that would put forward last year by William Hinman, the director of the Divison of Corporate Finance should be regarded as the policy of the SEC or just a judgment of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s staff.

Jay Clayton responded to the letter by stating that he agrees to the statements of William Hinman that was made during the June 2018 speech that concern the digital tokens or cryptocurrencies. He said that he agrees that if a digital token is offered as security is not fixed (static). It might be offered first as security as it might meet the definition of an instrument contract, however, the position might change over time if the digital token is offered in a manner that does not represent that definition anymore. He agreed with William Hinman’s clarification about how the digital token might not represent the definition of an instrument contract.

 

The response letter by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton:

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2100 Ethereum accidentally sent as fee: Mining Pool returns half

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A user had accidentally sent 2100 Ethereum as a transaction fee which was verified by Sparkpool. Sparkpool asked the user to verify himself.

A user had accidentally sent 2100 Ethereum as a transaction fee which was verified by Sparkpool. According to Sparkpool, they on 25th February, they received an email claiming that the user had mistakenly sent 2100 Ethereum as mining fee on 19th February which was more than $300,000.

 

What happened next?

Sparkpool was generous enough to reply to the email asking the user to verify himself as the owner of the ethereum account from which the transaction was made. Sparkpool asked the user to send 0.022517 ETH on the mining pool’s ethereum address from the same address (0x587ecf600d304f831201c30ea0845118dd57516e) from which the transaction was made.

According to what Sparkpool asked him to do, the user sent the same amount of ETH (0.022517) to Sparkpool’s address on the same day to confirm his identity as the owner of the address. After confirmation, Sparkpool negotiated on the term that they are going to keep half of the amount of ETH i.e. 1050 ETH for the pool miners and the rest half they are going to return to the user.

The user sent another transaction to Sparkpool’s address to confirm the negotiation made by Sparkpool. This transaction was worth 0.666 ETH and also contained a coded paragraph in which the user thanked Sparkpool and their miners for helping them and that they are willing to share 1050 ETH with the miners after which Sparkpool returned 1050 ETH to the user.

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Fall of Ethereum Mining Rewards: What has Constantinople hard fork changed?

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Ethereum went through the long-awaited Constantinople Hard Fork which increased the energy efficiency and reduced the Ethereum mining reward.

After continuous delays, Ethereum, at last, went through the long-awaited Constantinople Hard Fork which apart from increasing the energy efficiency of Ethereum mining, also reduced the Ethereum mining reward from 3 ETH to 2 ETH.

Ethereum Difficulty Bomb:

Ethereum network currently runs by Ethereum mining which involves a lot of miners approving the transactions on the blockchain. However, the future motive of Ethereum is to shift from the current Proof-of-work model to a Proof-of-stake model which does not involve mining. In order to stop the miners from backing out in case of a fork, Ethereum has included a ‘difficulty bomb’ which is a tool that will allow the ethereum mining difficulty to rise massively and discourage the miners so that they automatically shift over to the new Proof-of-stake model.

 

Are Miners interested in Proof-of-stake model?

It is quite obvious that ethereum miners are not interested in the proof-of-stake. However, the investors have been patiently waiting for ethereum to turn into a Proof-of-stake model from a long time as this would lead to the reduction in the inflation rate of Ethereum and eventually the price might rise.

Let’s look at the charts and see how the difficulty, block time and hashrate has been affected by Ethereum’s Constantinople hard fork:

 

Average Ethereum Mining Difficulty:

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Source: Coinwarz.com

The average Ethereum mining difficulty chart shows that due to the hardfork that happened on the 1st of March, the difficulty has tremendously decreased which indicates that the decrease in ethereum mining rewards is in relation to the ethereum mining difficulty.

 

Average Block Time of the Ethereum Network:

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Source: Etherscan.io

After the Constantinople hard fork, the block time of the ethereum network was also reduced from more than 19 seconds before the hard fork to around 13 seconds after the hard fork which is around 30% decrease. The chart shows that the reduction in the ethereum mining rewards also lowered down the block time apart from lowering the ethereum mining difficulty. As both the ethereum mining rewards as well as the block time has decreased, the Constantinople hard fork has not affected the ethereum miners much because as the ethereum mining rewards have decreased so the miners are paid less per block, however, the block time has also decreased which means that the miners can now mine more blocks in less time which compensates their mining rewards.

 

Average Hashrate of the Ethereum Network:

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Source: Etherscan.io

The chart shows that after the Constantinople hard fork, The Ethereum Network hashrate hasn’t changed. However, this is not what was being expected by everyone. As the mining difficulty and block time would drop after the hard fork, it was expected that the hashrate would increase drastically as because the performance should be more in case the ethereum mining difficulty is less.

 

Why the Hashrate remained unchanged?

One of the reasons for the unchanged hashrate could be the increase in the price of Ethereum after the Constantinople hard fork. This led to the miners having bullish predictions about the price of ethereum although the mining rewards decreased.

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