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Bitcoin Might Not Exist Beyond the Next 100 Years, Says Nobel Laureate Economist

According to Yale University Economics Professor, Robert Shiller, Bitcoin (BTC) might not exist in the next 100 years. He made this prediction during a recent televised chat with CNBC. The 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Economics listed some scenarios that could prove fatal for the number one cryptocurrency. Despite his prediction, the prominent economist noted that it was hard to know the future of cryptocurrency with any certainty. Mainstream investors like Warren Buffet and Charlie have sounded the death knell for BTC on many occasions. Buffet once declared that the entire cryptocurrency market would come to a bad end.

Too Many Hard Forks Might ‘Kill’ Bitcoin

Shiller commented on the sheer number of Bitcoin hard forks saying:

There will have been many hard forks changing it and changing it. And, it’ll be a matter of dispute whether it exists or not.

There are over 40 recorded Bitcoin hard forks with Bitcoin Cash the most popular of the lot. A recent report showed poor performance for many of the forks. Shiller predicts that there will be more Bitcoin hard forks in the future leading to a congestion of the Bitcoin identity. Even if Satoshi Nakamoto’s creation exists in the year 2118, Shiller expects that it will go by a different name saying:

Bitcoin won’t look anything like it is today. It will have a different name if it exists.

The Bubble May Burst and Bitcoin Plummet to Zero

Shiller has in the past, referred to Bitcoin as a bubble. The BTC bubble argument is a popular notion for many mainstream finance experts who state that the market bears a resemblance to a typical bubble economy. According to Shiller, the Bitcoin hype lends itself more to group psychology than any actual economic metric. Thus, he predicts that BTC is doomed to be a failed currency experiment.

Speaking during the interview, Shiller identified a scenario where BTC could suffer a massive decline drawing parallels with the 2013 price plummet.

The one scenario is that something like what happened after 2013 when bitcoin topped $1,000 and then lost 80 percent of its value. It looked like bitcoin was fading away.

Not all Doom and Gloom for Bitcoin

In the past, Shiller has proven himself adept at identifying bubbles. He accurately called the dot-com and the housing bubbles years before they happened. Not even the Nobel Prize winner is confident of his Bitcoin doomsday prediction.

I don’t mean to be dismissive [but] it [Bitcoin] looks like a bubble. It’s getting people enthusiastic, and there are making different kinds of cryptocurrencies. There are thousands of them now. Something good may come out of it.

Four years after losing 80 percent of its value, BTC rose to $19,500 in mid-December 2017. The price has since dropped more than 50 percent even going below the $6,000 mark in February 2018. However, BTC is still up by 700 percent since the start of 2017.

Do you agree that Bitcoin might not outlive the next 100 years? Do you think Bitcoin is the currency of the future? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

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Coinbase to Let Users Withdraw Funds from Bitcoin Forks

Cryptocurrency startup Coinbase said Thursday that, in the coming months, it will let customers withdraw funds resulting from forks of the bitcoin network.

In a blog post, the startup announced that it was adding withdrawal support for the forks, though the post did not announce a firm timeline.

“This change will allow customers to more easily withdraw assets associated with Bitcoin Forks across all Coinbase Products,” the startup wrote, adding:

“As always, we look at technical, operational, and legal considerations when deciding which Bitcoin Fork assets to support and will always state on our website which particular assets are supported.”

That being said, Coinbase noted it was “not announcing support for any specific assets at this time.”

In the announcement, Coinbase explained that it will work to support future bitcoin forks on its Coinbase Custody product, adding that this platform “will likely support more forked assets than GDAX or Coinbase for the foreseeable future.”

GDAX, its digital assets exchange, will allow customers to withdraw bitcoin forks, but not trade them. Similarly, Coinbase’s basic platform will also allow customers to withdraw the forked assets but without enabling trades. Further, the startup noted that an asset may be added to GDAX in the future without being added to Coinbase.

Coinbase Commerce, a merchant-focused service it unveiled in February, will not support any forked assets, and the Coinbase Index Fund will not list any assets that are not available on GDAX for trading, according to the statement.

In a separate announcement on Thursday, the startup unveiled a new early-stage venture fund that will provide financing to companies working with the technology.

“At least in the beginning, our goal is simply to help the most compelling companies in the space to flourish,” Coinbase said.

Coin miniatures image via Shutterstock

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