Chances are that you may have noticed Bitcoin’s recent value drop this week, which may be fuelled by the currency’s power struggle that has been going on for a while.
To put things better into perspective, the recent value drop is directly related to the block size debate, which has been going on for more than two years. With this in mind, the main players in the digital currency industry are debating the right way to scale the network, in order to help it accommodate more transactions, as bitcoin continues to grow, and be adopted by many more people and companies. At this moment in tie, the block data cap is of 1 MB, roughly every 10 minutes. Some people want to raise this limit, under what has been referred to as Bitcoin Unlimited, to a flexible cap that would allow more transactions to be carried out for each block in particular. At the other side of the spectrum, we have the developers behind Bitcoin Core, who want to go ahead and keep the 1 MB limit, yet attempt to make the system a bit more efficient, hence also processing more transactions per each block. While the scope behind each end of the debate seems noble, the side effects for both decisions can be quite dangerous, as they both can transform bitcoin to either digital gold, or electronic cash, as mentioned by Adam White.