Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has successfully tested the “Merge,” which is now planned for mid-September 2022. The Merge is what engineers are calling the transition of the Ethereum blockchain’s Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus mechanism to Proof-of-Stake (PoS).
What does that mean and why do you care?
PoS is more energy efficient than PoW, so the Merge will help the more than 3,400 decentralized finance (DeFi) projects that use the Ethereum blockchain be more environmentally friendly. PoS should also offer Ethereum users a higher number of transactions per second (tps) along with the potential for greater scale.
The Merge has been delayed so many times that I’m not sure it’s really going to happen, but I hope it does. A bunch of tweets from the engineers involved suggest that a more exact date range for the Merge will be approved next week. Fingers crossed.
If you’re wondering what will happen to the price of ETH after the Merge, so is everyone else. I’m not a financial advisor, so if you’re looking for investment advice, you should contact yours. With that out of the way, the Merge will change the foundational principles of ETH. The existing miners are going to have to change the way they interact with the Ethereum blockchain, and the economics will change as well.
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