Armstrong's comments were in response to a question about the "full integration of crypto payments into internet services" and, in part, whether CBDCs might serve that purpose. Armstrong called CBDCs "an important trend."
"I think central bank digital currencies are going to be really big as well and pretty much every major government out there is starting to think about how they’re going to build them," Armstrong said during the video. "We are cryptocurrency agnostic, so we will support and cryptocurrency, including CBDC and stablecoins and decentralized ones like DAI as long as they meet our listing standards."
That Coinbase would consider adding a digital currency system operated by a central bank (or, as some design concepts call for, multiple central banks) is notable, though perhaps unsurprising. CBDCs can be thought of as the central banking world's response to developments in the stablecoin ecosystem, including Diem, formerly known as Libra.
Central banks throughout the world are conducting R&D into the area of CBDC, with some countries -- most notably China -- conducting advanced tests ahead of an expected public launch. Thus far, the Bahamas has gone live with its so-called sand dollar. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to start making its research findings in this area public.
Delivering on a vision for an interoperable global standard for dollar digital currency, Circle and TRON have partnered to make USD Coin (USDC) available on the TRON blockchain, which has grown to more than 56 million accounts and nearly 2.5 billion transactions since its founding just four years ago. TRON is home to a broad ecosystem for digital assets in Asia and around the world, and the TRON community can now benefit from easy access to the world's fastest-growing, regulated dollar digital currency.
The Block Research was commissioned by Algorand to create Layer-1 Platforms: A Framework for comparison, which provides a “look under the hood” at seven platforms: Algorand, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Cosmos, Ethereum/Ethereum 2.0, Polkadot, and Solana.
We assess their technical design, related ecosystem data, and qualitative factors such as key ecosystem members to get an understanding of how they differ. Having done this analysis, we draw some insights for what the future of the broader smart contract landscape could look like for years to come.
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