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A Decade with Bitcoin Through the Eyes of 'Bitcoin Jack'

Bitcoin Jack reflecting on a decade of Bitcoin evolution.

Forget the halving. Bitcoin is becoming an 'institutional shitcoin' controlled by the very entities it sought to bypass.

In 2013, I embarked on a journey with Bitcoin, an odyssey marked by highs and lows, from the MtGox debacle to living entirely on Bitcoin in 2015 and spearheading an innovation lab dedicated to blockchain technologies. Today, as the CEO of ARYZE, focusing on stablecoins, I find myself at a pivotal moment, compelled to address Bitcoin's transformative path.

Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin's enigmatic creator, envisioned a mining ecosystem transitioning from block rewards to transaction fees as the primary incentive for miners. This shift ensured network security sustainability beyond 2140 when block rewards cease. The original Bitcoin whitepaper outlined a future where, after a certain number of coins are mined, the system transitions "entirely to transaction fees and be completely inflation-free."

Bitcoin WhitePaper

However, the scalability challenge, discussed by the block size debate, has significantly shaped Bitcoin's journey. Satoshi hinted at the necessity of scaling the block size to accommodate the network's growth. Yet, the resultant split between maintaining Bitcoin's original block size and creating Bitcoin Cash to allow for more transactions has underscored a philosophical divide within the community. This divergence reflects more profound questions about balancing scalability, security, and decentralization.

As Bitcoin inches towards its envisioned future, the reality of mining economics and the network's sustainability comes into sharper focus. Halving events, which reduce miner rewards by 50%, test Satoshi's hypothesis about the feasibility of a transaction fee-based incentive model. Yet, the current landscape, with Bitcoin evolving into a form of 'digital gold,' challenges the premise of Bitcoin as a medium for everyday transactions. People are not spending their Bitcoin. The implications for miners and the network are profound, ranging from adopting less environmentally friendly energy sources to potential vulnerabilities in network security as miners stop mining. Or the worst-case scenario - miners take money from Black Rock and other institutions to secure the network.

Not what it was meant to become

In my journey as 'Bitcoin Jack,' from advocating Bitcoin adoption at the grassroots to observing its institutional entanglements, I've witnessed the unfolding of a complex narrative. Bitcoin's ascendancy to potentially becoming an 'institutional shitcoin' controlled by the very entities it sought to bypass presents a paradox. It raises the question: Is today's Bitcoin the same as the one that inspired a generation of crypto-enthusiasts?

As we stand at this crossroads, reflecting on Bitcoin's journey from a revolutionary idea to a global phenomenon, the essence of Satoshi's vision remains a beacon. Whether Bitcoin reaches the heights of $100K, $200K, or even $1M, the true measure of its success lies not in its market value but in its fidelity to the principles of decentralization and empowerment.

Thank you for joining me, 'Bitcoin Jack,' to explore Bitcoin’s evolving landscape. If my journey with Bitcoin resonates with you or sparks any thoughts, I encourage you to share your views. Join us at ARYZE, where we continue these discussions and push the boundaries of digital finance.

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