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Applying the Lindy Effect to Cryptocurrency



the future life expectancy of non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age.

The Lindy Effect is a concept that emerged from the vibrant heart of New York’s Broadway. It was an idea coined by Albert Goldman and popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book, “Antifragile.” The Lindy Effect essentially suggests that the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age. In other words, the longer something non-perishable has been around, the longer it’s likely to continue to be around.

One might wonder how a concept that stemmed from predicting the longevity of Broadway shows could possibly relate to the unpredictable, fast-paced world of cryptocurrency. Today we delves into how the Lindy Effect applies to cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin and Ethereum) and what it might mean for their future.

Understanding the Lindy Effect

Before we explore the application of the Lindy Effect on cryptocurrencies, let’s delve a bit deeper into what it means. Imagine a Broadway show that has been running for two years. According to the Lindy Effect, we can expect the show to run for another two years. However, if the show runs for an additional year, its future life expectancy increases by that year, allowing us to expect the show to run for three more years.

The Lindy Effect is primarily used for things that do not have a natural lifecycle or terminal illnesses, such as ideas, technologies, and, indeed, cryptocurrencies. It does not apply to perishable things like human beings or physical assets that wear down over time.

The Lindy Effect and Cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrencies are an intriguing case for the Lindy Effect because they represent a unique confluence of technology and economics – two fields where the Lindy Effect is often used. 

Take Bitcoin, the first and most famous cryptocurrency, as an example. When Bitcoin was first launched in 2009, its survival was uncertain. It was an entirely new kind of asset, and many doubted its potential to last. However, Bitcoin has not only survived for over a decade, but it has also thrived. According to the Lindy Effect, this bodes well for Bitcoin’s future longevity. Every additional day that Bitcoin survivx5es and stays relevant, the Lindy Effect suggests that it adds to its life expectancy.

The same principle applies to other established cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or the Richard Heart ecosystem products like HEX, PulseX or PulseChain, which not only functions as a digital currency but also supports smart contracts and decentralized applications, its staying power is indicative of its continued use and importance in the digital economy.

Beyond Survival: Relevance and Innovation

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However, it’s important to note that the Lindy Effect is not a law, but rather a heuristic or rule of thumb. It can give us an indication of longevity, but it does not guarantee success.

A critical factor that is essential to the longevity of cryptocurrencies is their continued relevance and ability to adapt and innovate. Bitcoin, for example, has managed to maintain its relevance by becoming a digital store of value comparable to gold. Ethereum, on the other hand, has carved its niche by enabling decentralized finance (DeFi) and other decentralized applications (DApps) through its innovative platform.

PulseChain is a fork of Ethereum 2.0 (proof of stake) that introduces fee burning from validation, while the PulseX exchange is a fork of Uniswap V2 that similarly has fee-burning functions. Coast spent most of 2022 and 2023 building a fiat on ramp to PulseChain by utilizing a borderless digital account infrastructure with the intention of bringing mass adoption and easy onboarding of new users to PulseChain. 

Cryptocurrencies that are able to continue to meet market needs and adapt to new technology landscapes (Ethereum and PulseChain being the most obvious examples) are more likely to remain relevant and thereby survive in the long term. 

The Flipside: The Pitfalls of the Lindy Effect

Can the Lindy Effects actually allow for projections?

While the Lindy Effect can provide a fascinating lens through which to view the potential longevity of cryptocurrencies, it also comes with several caveats. The most significant being that it’s based on the assumption that the conditions remain the same. In reality, especially in the world of technology and finance, change is the only constant. 

Government regulation, technological advancements, shifts in market sentiment, and numerous other unpredictable factors (like market availability) can affect a cryptocurrency’s longevity. Therefore, the Lindy Effect should be used as one tool among many to assess a cryptocurrency’s potential future. Yes, PulseChain could benefit. But to what extent remains to be determined. 

In Summary

The Lindy Effect does provide an interesting perspective on cryptocurrency’s future prospects. The concept implies a positive outlook for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum that have already proved their staying power. However, it’s essential to remember that relevance and innovation, along with several unpredictable factors, play a substantial role in determining the real-world longevity of these digital assets.

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