Simply put, IOTA is a new Cryptocurrency that released in May of this year. Here is an IOTA review supporting that it could possibly replace BitCoin, and at the very least show that IOTA is massively undervalued right now at around $0.50 a MIOTA. (I'm not affiliated with IOTA, just a huge fan of Crypto's.)
To truly judge IOTA's value, we have to compare it to BitCoin.
If you have paid much attention to the financial markets this year, you might have seen BitCoin's meteoric rise in the summer of '17. BitCoin is an Online Currency that has recieved much hype over the past few years for its breakthrough technology.
Still, you might ask, why is it valuable? (If you already know what Blockchain is already, scroll down a few paragraphs to see what I have to say about IOTA, these intro paragraphs are to give context for the discussion to people new to Crypto's.)
Here's an example: Let's say you live in the U.S. and want to send your family member in Australia $10,000 for any reason at all. What do you do normally? Go to the bank, Western Union, or any type of Middle Man 3rd party that will wire that type of money. Also remember, your friend is in another country which means that your U.S. dollars will probably have to be converted to Australian Dollars. This usually will take a business day at minimum, plus there will be all sorts of fees attached to wiring that money as well as converting the currencies.
People can now send Cryptocurrencies like BitCoin for smaller fees, with a very secure way of doing it. To put it very simply, BitCoin has what is known as a "Block Chain." For those new to Block Chain's, a "Block Chain" is basically a ledger of every transaction that "BitCoin" has been a part of. The entire network sees this ledger at all times. (Think Dropbox files.) Every time a BitCoin moves out of an account to another, the Block Chain is looked at and compared to different lists several times to make sure everything matches before the transaction is finalized.
The problems with BitCoin's solution?
BitCoin will never, I repeat, NEVER, scale with this current model. They can't. It's a scientific impossibility according to experts that are way smarter than I am.
When I say scale, I mean replace a dollar bill or a credit card. Massive amounts of processing power are needed to make JUST the transactions happen. Transaction fees for BitCoin always go partly to the processing power, and partly to the electricity it costs to make a BitCoin transaction happen.
Now lets look at trying to replace a credit card with BitCoin:
Visa at peak times processes 100,000 credit card transactions a second. BitCoin can at PEAK process 56,000, and thats based on tech that isn't even mainstream yet.
So what is IOTA, and how is it better than BitCoin?
IOTA is another Cryptocurrency like BitCoin, but instead of the Block Chain technology, it uses what is known as the "Tangle." The Tangle offers many solutions that BitCoin does not.
IOTA is easily integrated into all programming languages.
First of all, IOTA was planned from the beginning to interact with EVERYTHING. The main basis of IOTA's design is the "internet of things" that will be very prevalent in the next 20-30 years. Maybe you have a washing machine that you can start with your phone? A smart tv? A wireless printer? All of these are connected to the Internet Of Things.
The Tangle was developed to flow into all programming languages easily. Is your device coded with Python? No prob. Java? Also, no problem. IOTA is built to work with all programming languages. This has been proven time and time again with multiple collaborations IOTA has done with other companies.
This is one of the biggest advantages IOTA has over BitCoin, because many companies would need to rework their entire system to fit BitCoins software. With IOTA it's the other way around; IOTA and The Tangle can seamlessly be integrated into all coding languages, meaning developers don't need to rewrite anything to make IOTA work on their system.()
IOTA is free to transact!
IOTA is the very first Cryptocurrency with 100% FREE transaction fees.
How can it be free to transact, you might ask?
IOTA transactions are fundamentally verified differently. While BitCoin is verified through the snail mail Block Chain involving other people graciously lending processing power and electricity, IOTA is verified when you actually make transactions yourself through the processing power of the Tangle. When you transact IOTA, your processing power gets used by the Tangle and you verify 2 transactions behind you. So for every one transaction you make, two behind you are verified with YOUR processing power and electricity. (Brilliant.)
This is fundamentally awesome. Each user personally pays the cost and processing power for other transactions, making it free to use and cutting all middle man costs. The data needed to make this happen securely is much smaller than through BTC, making it faster and more lightweight.
Here is an awesome steemit article discussing how IOTA can cut transaction costs. https://steemit.com/iota/@doonaberlin/iota-bitdice-casino-started-working-on-integration-of-iota-s-tangle
I'll leave you with these three final things about IOTA:
#1: Possible Ford Partner? https://imgur.com/a/LVKPN
#2: David Sonstebo, one of the creators, has said himself that the "only thing that can limit IOTA is the speed of light."
#3: Paragon just partnered with them too. :D *Edited* They are actually not partners, just bros that help each other. Here is the public convo between the two.
IOTA is my favorite Crypto right now.. What's yours???
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