Founder of Adamant Capital Compares Adoption of Bitcoin Similar to Petroleum in the 1800s

  • Tamas Blummer and Turr Demeester spoke about the future path of Bitcoin.
  • Demeester compared the progress to that of the crude oil/petroleum transition of the 1860s.

The entire blockchain of Bitcoin is based on a decentralized ledger, secured by the miners that support the network by validating via their system. The miners that validate the blocks are rewarded for their work with an allotment of bitcoins, which is what motivates the miners to continue their work. As the miners continue to engage on the network, the entire ledger remains secure.

Still, the rewards given to the miners has an end, and this accrual of Bitcoin reduces over time. Once the reward is completely wiped out, would Bitcoin’s security be threatened? Realistically, the network is supposed to be setup in a way that this would not happen. Tamas Blummer, a developer for Bitcoin, commented on the issue on Twitter, saying that it would become “ridiculously expensive” to directly use the Bitcoin blockchain.

Turr Demeester, the founder of Adamant Capital, also weighed in, bringing up a comparison with crude oil as a way of projecting where Bitcoin could go in the future. The original tweet was posted in 2017, but he retweeted it on May 29th.

In a retweet of a post he made in March 2018, he noted that crude oil is rather scarce and that buyers were wary of using petroleum instead in the 1860s, much in the same way that investors are overly cautious about Bitcoin. To convince the public to make a switch, the benefits of petroleum had to be fully explained to move over.

Over the course of two years, petroleum exports went from 40 barrels to 25 million barrels. As this popularity was in its infancy, the price of petroleum went through its own bout of volatility, because the market was only just being established. In London, the price of petroleum varied between 5 pence and 30 pence per gallon.

Realistically, Demeester demonstrated the many “possible parallels” connecting Bitcoin and Petroleum. With years to even be considered a necessary part of the economy, they both came up against multiple issues in their infrastructure, and growth took quite a while. Still, once the two sectors experienced widespread popularity, there was not much time before adoption followed.

In bringing up this example, Demeester hopefully brought a little solace to the rest of the Bitcoin proponents and the rest of investors that Bitcoin will not be losing the significance of the financial market. Ultimately, when the subsidy of the block slows down, Bitcoin will be more understood by the public, confirming itself as a valuable asset.

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