The Ethereum’s hard fork upgrade is finally here. The long awaited now Constantinople upgrade package will be released at block number 7,080,000, which has been achieved already. The countdown has stopped and the upgrade is scheduled to go live on Thursday 17. Constantinople will provide several key upgrades to the Ethereum network addressing performance, cost efficiency, and further preparation for an eventual switch to proof of stake consensus. Five Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) in total will be implemented during the upgrade.
One of the most immediate outcomes of this otherwise impressive upgrade will be an expected “soar” throughout 2019. At least, that is what influential tech expert Ian McLeod of Thomas Crown Art thinks about the near future of Ethereum. This comments come as the second largest cryptocurrency has secured an impressive rally over the last month and it is about the make important changes to its network.
Mr McLeod observes: “Ethereum has made a bullish move and broke the $125.00 resistance – giving the crypto naysayers and doom-mongers a robust signal that this digital currency is on the upward trajectory once again. Ethereum’s rally is part of a wider cryptocurrency rally since the beginning of the year, with other major coins, including Bitcoin and XRP, also securing important gains. The bulls are back in town.”
The expert thinks that Ethereum’s strategy will gain ground over Bitcoin and we can expect 2019 to be dominated by a considerably more bullish sentiment than in 2018 across the major digital assets. For that, Mr McLeod reckons that is likely that Ethereum will be the standout winner this year for three key reasons.
“First, the hard fork set to take place on 16 January. The hard fork will mean Ethereum miner rewards fall from three ether to two and decrease the block time, resulting in a faster network. This is a key part of a major Ethereum upgrade and the markets are excited. There’s a possibility the date of the hard fork might be pushed back a little, but traders are managing this into expectations,” he started with.
“Second, oracles. Oracles – data feeds that deliver information into the smart contract from third parties – will inevitably drive adoption of Ethereum smart contracts. This is because smart contracts using decision-making on real-world metrics can be expected to find relevant use cases among consumers, firms, and organisations, amongst others.
And in third place, of course, as adoption and utility of Ethereum smart contracts increase, so will Ethereum’s price.” This third reason comes along with the new hard fork upgrade EIP 1052, which provides new smart contract code verification improvements making on chain operations easier and more gas efficient.
As the expert pointed out, Thomas Crown Art is already a global pioneer in using Ethereum smart contracts: “We’ve created a groundbreaking solution for artists and art collectors and galleries by giving the capability to use new works of art as a literal ‘store of value’ and serve as a cryptocurrency wallet for owners whilst providing an independent method to conclusively prove the provenance of artwork quickly and easily, and to view an immutable chain of ownership.”
“Using an Ethereum blockchain to authenticate artwork is an ideal use-case for distributed ledger technology. It provides the ability to store a permanent, immutable record of artwork at the point of creation which can be used to authenticate registered works by any third party independently.”
Thomas Crown Art’s tech expert concludes: “The sentiment data and technical analysis suggests that Ethereum’s rally, to be fuelled further by the hard fork, will continue in the short to medium term. It is likely that this will positively impact on the rest of the cryptocurrency sector.”
Although these are really good news for Ethereum and the crypto market in general in the long term, the performance of the cryptocurrency in exchanges hasn’t changed much. It is still entangled with Bitcoin movements and although Ethereum hit a 2019 high of $160 last weekend, it has has dumped again losing 24% since the recent rout started late Thursday. Nonetheless, as Mr McLeod mentioned above, this hard fork marks the beginning of a whole new optimistic year for ETH and all digital currencies along.
Hernaldo Turrillo is a freelance journalist working now for IntelligentHQ. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. He was born journalist and became a thinker. Knowledge has no limits.