About a decade ago, a group of anarcho-capitalist coders rallied around the utopian notion that the digital protocol developed by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto would one day create marginal efficiencies for JPMorgan Chase ’s back-office operations.
Well, not really. Blockchain and Bitcoin were, of course, initially supposed to allow individuals to send each other cash without any state or company standing in their way.
But that dream is now effectively dead, and blockchain is now fully into its boring phase. The latest and most telling evidence of this arrived this morning, when JPMorgan (JPM) said it had developed and tested a prototype of a digital coin.
Eulogy made by Ben Walsh