Litecoin News: Charlie Lee Talks Blockchain Inefficiencies at Consensus 2018

Litecoin News: Litecoin (LTC) creator Charlie Lee sat down with CoinDesk at Consensus 2018 to talk CryptoKitties, blockchain inefficiencies, and money.

“Blockchains are inefficient by definition,” Lee stated. He explained that a decentralized system requires the replication of data, meaning that a whole bunch of computers have to keep track of all the data, rather than just one computer keeping track of it all. It requires a lot of extra work to keep things decentralized and this makes the decentralized systems less efficient when compared to a centralized system.

At the moment, Lee continued, there are very few actual applications that need a fully decentralized, or trustless, system. Much of what is being put on the blockchain these days doesn’t need to go on the public blockchain. These applications would run just as well on a regular, centralized system, and may actually work better on one.

The example Lee gave was CryptoKitties. While he enjoys the fact that CryptoKitties are like digital trading cards that can’t be copied, “you don’t really need a public blockchain to do something like CryptoKitties.”

Remember that when CryptoKitties first started, the game nearly crashed the Ethereum network. That’s because blockchain, as it’s been set up, doesn’t scale very well. For something like a trading game, which is all that CryptoKitties really is, it doesn’t need a trustless system to operate. If Google or Amazon had a smart contract system set up, Lee said, CryptoKitties would work fine on it, and it would run more efficiently.

People are still experimenting with what does, and does not work on (or require) a public blockchain, CryptoKitties being one of these experiments.

The one thing that does work is money, Lee said, and that’s what Litecoin is all about.

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“I just focus on money,” Lee explained. Litecoin (and Bitcoin) are strictly meant to be ways of transferring value, using a blockchain “in a way that is censorship-resistant.” Lee doesn’t care about moving assets on the blockchain. Instead, he sticks to what is necessary, which he believes to be money and only money.

Unlike other crypto projects, Litecoin isn’t currently interested in working with institutions. What Litecoin is focused on, said Lee is working with merchants.

Litecoin is working on getting more merchants to accept Litecoin while at the same time getting more people to use Litecoin for making purchases, in what Lee described as a chicken and egg situation. This shows in the #PayWithLitecoin campaign – merchants accept Litecoin, so people use Litecoin, people use Litecoin, so merchants accept Litecoin.

At the moment, Litecoin (LTC) is selling for $140.45, which puts the coin down 5.99%. 

Do you agree with Lee? Let us know in the comments below.

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