Cardano is a blockchain technology that uses the Ada cryptocurrency as its source of value. It was created to solve many of the practical problems associated with established currencies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin.
It shares many features with Ethereum. A big planned feature is the ability to create smart contracts. Cardano is also a generalized computing platform. You can buy and sell coins using a cryptocurrency wallet and create decentralized applications (dApps), also.
Limitations of Bitcoin and Ethereum relating to scalability, interoperability, and sustainability are what prompted the creation of Cardano. A key innovation that aims to solve these issues is the separations of the accounting and computation layers. This allows for issues to be tracked and fixed without affecting the functioning of the entire system.
Cardano was released in September 2017 in Japan following an initial coin offering. It was developed by the blockchain technology firm Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK). The project was led by Charles Hoskinson, who also worked on Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Bitshares.
Currently, there are three organizations cooperating to support the future of Cardano. The Cardano Foundation is based in Switzerland; IOHK, in Hong Kong; and Emurgo, in Japan. Each one operates independently but works together to create new features and support the development of Cardano.
A big emphasis of the development process has been long-term thinking. It has been split into 5 eras: Byron, Shelly, Goguen, Basho, and Voltaire. Each era focuses on a different set of development goals. These are tracked and shared in their roadmap here.
The Cardano software is open-source and available for anyone to use and modify. It was developed using a Recursive InterNetwork Architecture. The goal is to use scientific philosophy and peer-reviewed academic research in its continued development.
The programming language used to create Cardano was Haskell. Haskell was chosen because of its high degree of fault toleration. The ecosystem is very resistance to bugs and breaking issues.
The software breaks up the functionality into two layers: the Cardano Settlement Layer (CSL) and the Cardano Computation Layer (CCL). The CSL supports accounting and ledger transactions while the CCL supports smart contracts and decentralized applications.
It uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) algorithm called Ouroboros to approve transactions. Stakeholders vote on blocks which is much less resource intensive than the proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm that Bitcoin uses. The creators claim that their algorithm can support millions of transactions a second. This is opposed to 6 per second for Bitcoin. that the trading volume of Cardona could be more practical than other cryptocurrencies.
Currently, one needs to download the Daedalus wallet in order to store the Cardano currency Ada. Fortunately, Daedalus allows for the purchase of Ada in a number of ways. A buyer can use a credit or debit card, cash, wire transfer, use Bitcoin (BTH) or Ethereum (ETH) to get Ada. If you already have a Binance account or prefer to use other cryptocurrency exchange, you can buy Cardano’s Ada token using crypto and fiat currencies.
In the future, Daedalus plans to become a multicurrency wallet. Users will be able to store their personal information in one place and buy and store many currencies there as well. Signing up for Daedalus only requires you to enter your email address. Once you verify your account you can create a wallet address.
The Ada coin followed the same trend as most other cryptocurrencies at the time in 2017. Cardano's price rose to a high of $1.33 in January 2018 and fell to about $0.30 that same month. It has been steadily falling ever since, according to our price analysis.
The market cap for Ada is around $2.23 billion USD. This puts it in the top ten largest cryptocurrencies by market cap.
Whether or not the Cardano price rises depends on whether there is a widespread adoption of its technology by users. Either way, the technology has pushed cryptocurrency in a new direction. By solving the problems of older crypto platforms, Cardano and Ada are ensuring cryptocurrencies can always improve.
Check out the Coins.Live price chart to stay on top of the latest Cardano (ADA) news and price forecast changes. Use this tool to plan your own cryptocurrency price predictions for 2018. Be sure to check back every 24 hours for our updated price analysis.
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