Nick Chong · 24 hours ago · 2 min read
Founded by Ethereum Co-founder Charles Hoskinson, Cardano (ADA) is poised as a third-generation blockchain with a focus on propelling mass adoption. Released on June 28, 2018, Cardano developer met with Google at their London offices to discuss the seventh-largest cryptocurrency’s specific features and advantages.
Googlers Curious About Crypto
IOHK, the developer of Cardano (ADA), was invited by Google’s London Headquarters to answer questions regarding the cryptocurrency’s next-gen protocols and delineate their plans to compete with Ethereum.
The meeting, hosting Hoskinson and IOHK Director of Engineering Duncan Coutts, gave Google employees from around the globe the opportunity to make technical and broad inquiries about the Cardano blockchain via conference call.
IOHK make a visit to @Google's London office and our CEO @IOHK_Charles was invited to talk about Cardano and the future of #cryptocurrencies. Check out some key questions asked at the event on the IOHK blog via @jane_wild_: https://t.co/gyMzWkOs2w #Cardano @cardanocom pic.twitter.com/6HanoOeMUd
— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) June 30, 2018
Cardano is an open source smart contract platform that aims to solve the issues of Ethereum’s PoS consensus mechanism, scalability, and security through its secure Ouroboros PoS algorithm, Daedalus wallet, and unique privacy protocols.
Asked how Cardano plans to overcome Ethereum’s first-mover advantage, Hoskinson replied:
“So how many Java, C++ or Go developers are writing code on Ethereum? You can’t, Ethereum doesn’t support any of these languages. They can’t even run a single viral app on the platform. If you look at the top 10 languages, none of them works on the system, so, by definition, all those developers aren’t developing for the system, they have to go and learn new tools and new stuff. With Cardano, first off, we’re backward-compatible, 100%, we’re running an EVM.”
It’s evident that the Cardano blockchain was built with developers in mind, as the platform will enable compatibility to several popular coding languages for the writing of smart contracts and decentralized applications on the platform.
With Cardano’s KEVM testnet currently active, Googlers were curious to know which milestones Cardano plans to reach this year in the early stages of its next-gen blockchain development:
“Our goal is to release the next major version of Cardano some time this year, called Shelly. We are working really hard towards that. It might slip, but the odds are that it won’t… In parallel, we are releasing testnets for smart contracts. The first one will be released at the end of the month, and this is done with something called the KEVM.”
Although a partnership was not discussed, it’s worth noting that Google, a site that currently bans cryptocurrency ads, is taking interest in a specific blockchain project. Whether the two organizations will collaborate on the development of blockchain-related technology is yet to be uncovered.