What does Captain Kirk do in his spare time? Apparently, tweets about cryptocurrency.
In the last week, William Shatner joined the online debate on digital currencies and demonstrated strong support for the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who lost favor with a crypt. Shatner's simplest tweet labeled the 24-year-old programmer, giving him a thumbs-up.
But it was not nearly the end of Shatner's crypto-delight. In fact, the former Star Trek star has sparked heated debate about whether the Ethereum Project – which strives to create a decentralized "world computer" – is effectively centralized.
In particular, some interviewees of Shatner's tweet raised concerns about the premier of Ethereum, namely the decision of the creators of the project to put aside the ether – the cryptocurrency of the network – for themselves before releasing it to the big public. The premise of Ethereum (which happened several years ago) has attracted the observers, especially because ether – the token used to interact with the ethereum blockchain – has risen in price. Today, ether costs $ 210 per unit, Sor generally, the pre-eminent recipients have made themselves generously. Of course, it is possible that these frustrated viewers are simply upset by the fact that they have lost the boom in cryptography.
Shatner – who serves as a spokesperson for the Solar Alliance, who recently began efforts to extract cryptocurrencies using solar energy – would not allow people to get away with calling Buterin as a "literal scammer". He responded to the fire, telling the detractors to do their own decentralized projects or keep the money under a mattress. "I heard he was only supervised by the insect community," he joked.
Some in the crypto Community attached to what looked like Shatner's impressive understanding of Ethereum's technical approach, as the actor explained that "his opponent's views do not take into account the fact that the code must be verified by an auditing firm and approved by the consortium or does not "are accepted. "Shatner also listed a series of ERCs, or Ethereum requests for comments, suggesting that the existence of these standards has somehow improved decentralization.
But if you look closer, Shatner's arguments do not contain water. The Ethereum code is not "verified by an auditing company" and "approved by a consortium". (If it were, would not it be proof of the exact centralization that people were complaining about in the first place?)
As highlighted by Mathias Grønnebæk, founder and CEO of Braveno, the development of Ethereum is an open source effort. "Anyone can forge or send pull requests to most projects" explained Grønnebæk. "It's great that William is interested, etc. But it's not an excuse to slip it when he says something so wrong."
So while Shatner is definitely an encrypted fanboy, do not confuse his technobabble for something more.