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Does Bitcoin have a future?

When the Silk Road, the internet’s biggest marketplace for illegal drugs, was taken down the price of Bitcoin plummeted. Chief economist at currency brokers World First, Jeremy Cookalready predicted the negative side of Bitcoin and calling it has no future in present economic scenario. As, no company controls Bitcoin, nor ever could, how it works are rooted into the very operation of trade, including the rate of inflation and how to verify dealings. Bitcoin are an unsigned, unspecified, decentralised, one -to-one digital currency in contrast to the older forms of electronic money we have.

Most Bitcoin exchanges, such as Mt Gox, the best-known, require users to wire money from their banks to the exchange. You can get them in the easiest way; to get Bitcoin is to buy them. But due to strict anti-money laundering controls, even that is very difficult. A small group of hardcore users get extra Bitcoins through ‘mining’ for them: running computers which perform the calculations needed to make the currency work, in exchange for a share of the built-in inflation. Bitcoin have no material subsistence, although some have worked out ways to spend the digital currency by printing the necessary information on paper notes. Instead, there are long lists of the digital signatures of previous owners. When a Bitcoin is spent, the old owner adds their digital signature to the end of the list, combined with the digital signature of the new owner.

Spending this currency is bit difficult, only some conventional places accept Bitcoin, though the number is rising. Now some fashion websites, pubs and online dating services are accepting this virtual currency. If your interest and inclinations are on the geeky side, however, you might have extrafortune to buy web hosting, geeky t-shirts and even membership of the Reddit social network with Bitcoin. Tech savvy people who are 24/7 dealing with virtual trading Bitcoin has opened new avenues for them in trading. Otherwise for common man this currency is of no use. But having a fortune in Bitcoin is a bit like having a fortune in gold: you have to sell your holdings to really make the most of it.The currency has been through two boom-and-bust cycles, with the cost of one Bitcoin rising from $2 to $30 in 2011, and then from $13 to $266 earlier this year. There are timely gains and losses like any other precious asset like bonds, shares, gold. But beyond access to illicit substances, for many fans Bitcoin use is a political statement: its existence proves that a currency with no centralised control is possible.

There is no safety guarantee for Bitcon, it is secure as its user. Security of this currency is purely dependent on the user. Although, there have been some bugs with the currency’s programming, all of the reported thefts have come from the outside. If users don’t keep their “private key”, the password which lets them spend their Bitcoin, well hidden, they can easily lose everything. And, of course, anonymity cuts both ways: if you get tricked by a scammer into parting with your bitcoins, there’s no higher authority to turn to. Moreover, this currency will never come in the category of a mainstream currency? Most economists believe that deflation is disastrous for an economy, but the Austrian school of economics, beloved by the libertarian creators of Bitcoin, disagrees. Economists and developers point to numerous flaws in the functioning of Bitcoin which cause to be it inappropriate for extensive use. One problem is that the currency has devaluation built in to its very core: only 21m Bitcoins will ever be produced, and we’re already halfway there.

Dealings can already understand comparatively prolonged delays in the processing and that’s just with Bitcoin remaining mostly well-liked amongst enthusiasts. Instantly, it is not clear that the backbone of the currency cannot withstand. Increased use of Bitcoin will not overtake the mainstream currency.
Though, it is very uncertain that virtual currency is going through lots of controversy but still Bitcoin may make its way in to Indian trading world.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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