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April 25, 2022

What makes Cardano (ADA) special?

Welcome to the cryptohunt jam where we spend one minute a day to explain crypto. In plain english.

Today, we talk about Cardano, one of the most popular blockchains out there. 

Cardano was created in 2017 by a former founding member of the Ethereum team and it aims to solve the problems that Ethereum has with low transaction volumes and high transaction prices.

From a technological point of view, Cardano is not unlike other projects who have the same goal. It does, however, have a couple of unique ideas.

First, changes to the blockchain don’t just get voted on, they also get peer-reviewed. The idea of peer reviews comes from the science community, where ideas can only get published if they have been reviewed in detail by other scientists. The founder of Cardano, who happens to be a mathematician, hopes that peer-reviews will bring a more solid long-term approach to the blockchain’s development.

Second, Cardano also separates the basic layer of sending and receiving money from the smart contract layer. Think of it like going to the DMV to pay for the renewal of your car registration. Instead of waiting in line with everyone else until your number is called, there is an express lane for payments and you are in and out in no time. That also means that when major functional updates happen, the transaction layer of Cardano can keep working without interruptions.

And that’s what makes Cardano special! And tomorrow, we’ll talk about Ripple.

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