All About Cardano

May 25, 2021
Claire Lester
May 25, 2021
Claire Lester
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With ambitious plans for innovation and recent gains in the market, everyone is talking about Cardano! Here's an overview of the project, and what sets it apart.

Founder Charles Hoskinson on twitter.

Cardano (ADA) is a blockchain platform founded in September 2017 by Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson. The platform was developed using peer reviewed research which remains a core principle of the ecosystem. Often referred to as a “3rd generation cryptocurrency”, Cardano's native token ADA is built on a proof of stake protocol called ourobouros and has a finite supply of 45B. ADA is used for staking, for network fees and there are plans to use it as a voting mechanism for changes to the platform. The Cardano blockchain is also designed to operate smart contracts that run a variety of other dapps.

Scalability, interoperability and sustainability.

Many people draw comparisons between projects like Cardano, Ethereum and Polkadot and there are some similarities like smart contracts and powering dapps. Here are three key design goals for the Cardano protocol that set it apart.

Scalability

The Cardano blockchain is composed of two layers; the settlement layer where peer to peer transactions occur and the computational layer where smart contracts are executed. The purpose of this separation is to improve transaction speed, efficiency and security in the blockchain allowing Cardano to scale easily.

Interoperability

In the next phase of development, the Cardano team will be working to allow compatibility between smart contracts from different programming languages. Ultimately, Cardano hopes to create more open communication and transfer of tokens and information and become the “internet of blockchains.”

Sustainability

Because ongoing research and innovation is key for the growth of the Cardano ecosystem, a treasury mechanism has been built into the network. The projects that receive funding are voted on by the community, so there is no need to create additional tokens or fork to keep innovation going.

Recent Cardano News:

  • Cardano’s highly anticipated Alonzo upgrade is scheduled to complete sometime in Q2 of 2021; introducing smart contracts and the Cardano native stablecoin ageUSD.
  • Cardano is working with governments in Africa, South America and Asia to adopt blockchain technology for their banking, education and identity systems. The team announced their partnership with the government of Ethiopia on April 29, 2021.
  • With a clear roadmap and a large team behind Cardano's ADA, there has been lots of speculation about the token's future potential for growth.

With lots of projects on the go and so many plans for the future, we look forward to watching Cardano make progress in the DeFi space and beyond!

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Claire Lester

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