Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

#133 Julien Hamonic & Pascal Hamonic: Applying the Mechanisms of Thermoregulation to Cryptocurrencies

Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

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One of the problems often cited when talking about cryptocurrencies is their level of volatility compared to traditional fiat currencies. This makes most cryptocurrencies a poor instrument for storing value, and introduces complexities when making purchases in fiat amounts. Stable cryptocurrencies include mechanisms which allow them to stay pegged to fiat currencies like the US Dollar or Euro. They present a number of advantages, and, in addition to taking the headache out of making purchases, can be used by cryptocurrency traders who need a stable unit of account for hedging their assets.

We talk to brothers Pascal and Julien Hamonic, Core Members of the Nu team about the NuBit stable cryptocurrency. Similarly to the mechanisms that keep our body temperature stable, NuBits relies upon the introduction of new coins into circulation when demand increases, and for coins to be taken out of circulation when demand drops. Shareholders (NuShareholder) vote on these measures as the network relies on custodians who bring liquidity into the market in exchange for dividends, and on speculators who “”park”” coins in exchange for potential returns when demand increases again.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What is NuBits and what is the goal it is trying to achieve
  • The different components of Nu (NuBits, NuShares)
  • The economic mechanisms behind the $1.00 USD peg
  • Who are the different participants in the network (NuBits users, NuShareholders, custodians)
  • The important role of custodians in providing liquidity to the network
  • The consensus model used in Nu
  • The initial allocation of NuBits and NuShares
  • The governance mechanisms in Nu

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This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on YouTube, SoundCloud, and our website.

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