Ethereum Miner Fees Beats August Record with a 47% Increase in September

The final quarter of 2020 is here after seeing the tectonic shifts over the last few months, such as the rise of the DeFi and capital flow from the crypto sector to this burgeoning one, specifically into DEX venues and yield farming offerings.

And of course, Ethereum is at the center of it all.

The second-largest cryptocurrency network ended the quarter at 60% returns, much higher than Bitcoin’s mere 18%. However, September wasn’t good for the crypto market, which saw Ether also declining by 18%.

At the time of writing, ETH has been trading around $365, up 2.25%, and over half a billion dollars in ‘real’ trading volume.

But what has been more interesting was the effect of DeFi’s capital flow on Ethereum’s fees.

According to the data published by Glassnode, Ethereum miners made a total of $166 million from transaction fees in last month — a new all-time high.

September’s miner fees have been an increase of 47% from the previous high in August.

Compared to Bitcoin, whose miners made $26 million from fees, Ethereum’s has been over 6x of it.

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While the revenue from fees has been filling the pocket of Ethereum miners, it has made it all a big players’ game, shutting out the smaller ones.

However, it did put the layer 2 solutions in the limelight that is being actively used by popular DeFi projects. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, an advocate for these solutions, recently said they make the main network a good choice for payments.

The bullish thesis for Ethereum also involves the recent launch of “Spadina,” the final testnet ahead of the blockchain upgraded ETH 2.0 mainnet release. This testnet is to run for three days as a “dress rehearsal” after the Medalla testnet went live last month. Spadina is to run alongside Medalla and test deposits and genesis block.

Scheduled to go live on Sept. 30, Spadina ran into problems yesterday. It suffered from “a lack of finality at launch,” as per Prysm Labs, which has been because of very few Prysm nodes participating, leading to community confusion. Other issues included users sending invalid deposits and “overall loss of confidence in becoming an eth2 validator.”

But this could be all fixed easily with a release, and everyone has to try again. ETH 2.0 testnet is now scheduled for another dress rehearsal called Zinken, next week.

For this to be successful, the developer Danny Ryan said everyone needs to take the genesis seriously.

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Author: AnTy

SingularityNET to Move ‘A Significant Portion’ Of Operations To Cardano From Ethereum

In an announcement on Sept. 30, SingularityNET, the AI firm developing the human-like Sophia robot, announced its partnership with IOHK, the development team behind Cardano, led by founder, Charles Hoskinson. The strategic partnership between the two firms has been on the table for several months as Ethereum blockchain gas fees spiked to all-time highs – at an average tx cost of $15.

The move between the two will see IOHK transfer Ethereum (ERC-20) based AGI tokens to Cardano-based AGI tokens, similar to the wrapped tokens. Moreover, the statement says there will be significant advantages to switching to Cardano, mainly the new updates coming to the Plutus smart contract language – moving away from Ethereum’s Solidity coding language.

However, the statement did not state the portion of SingularityNET that will move from the Ethereum network,

“Final decisions and details regarding porting of a portion of the SingularityNET network to Cardano have not yet been made and will be discussed in-depth with the SingularityNET community when the time is right.”

The move to Cardano aims to increase the speeds of the transaction while lowering the network fees. The announcement states Ethereum high gas fees and high latency times as the main reason they are looking at other options. Additionally, the never-ending postponement of the ETH 2.0 launch, which will introduce a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism, has been a barrier to the growth of SingularityNET.

“The ambitious Ethereum 2.0 design holds promise, but the timing of the rollout of different aspects of this next-generation Ethereum remains unclear, along with many of the practical particulars.”

In a 90-minute video chat with Hoskinson, SingularityNET CEO, Ben Goertzel, stated the company still aims at having a multi-chain approach when building blockchain-agnostic solutions to AI. This means that the company, more than likely, will not fully move the blockchain operations from Ethereum, Goertzel stated.

He states it will be left to the community to decide which blockchain offers the best properties, given Cardano has its own flaws. He stated:

“If it turns out the Ethereum portion is more powerful and useful for some purposes, and the Cardano portion is useful for other purposes, then so be it, right?”

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Author: Lujan Odera