The cryptocurrency market is still on an astonishing run, and there are some lucky people out there who've seen their investments turn into seven-figure rewards. If you're one of them, tell no one.
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A few weeks ago, Jordan Belfort - the notorious "Wolf of Wall Street" and convicted financial scam artist - warned the entire internet not to get into sketchy cryptocurrency-backed startups. Specifically, he warned that initial coin offerings, a form of almost completely unregulated investment vehicle where crypto-backed startups offer blockchain-based "tokens" in exchange for things of real value like cash, were the "biggest scam ever, such a huge gigantic scam that's going to blow up in so many people's faces".
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Thanks to a string of screw-ups and bugs, an unsuspecting developer recently took possession of an estimated $US300 million ($391 million) worth of the Ethereum cryptocurrency by accident. In an attempt to give back the money, however, the poor guy ended up locking up the funds permanently. In effect, that money is just gone.
Cryptocurrencies are risky as hell. A new competitor in the blockchain currency world, Ethereum, has recieved a lot of attention recently for its ridiculous gains in value. Many feared that a flash crash last week was a sign of shady dealings on the exchange, but the company behind it is reassuring investors that they will be paid back in full.