Cardano was founded by Charles Hoskinson, the Ethereum co-founder
Cardano has launched smart contractors, according to the official announcement.
Announced on Twitter, the upgrade was completed at epoch 290. The centralized system that extends economic opportunity and identity to everyone will facilitate the execution and creation of the public blockchain. Even with the celebrations on the milestone, the project is still in the early stages and the mission has only begun.
1/2 Upgrade successful.
Moments ago, we deployed the #Alonzo upgrade at the epoch rollover.
— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) September 12, 2021
The writing of the smart contractors is enabled by Alonso fork and is done via Plutus scripts. The upgrade is met by high expectations, some of which are unreasonable. Cardano watchers could be expecting consumer-ready DApss and a sophisticated ecosystem to be available immediately. Such expectations will need to be managed.
Cardano aimed at rivalling the dominance of Ethereum in hosting Web3 applications and decentralized finance (DeFi). However, it has received criticism for the non-delivery of smart contract functionality until now. This is despite it’s launch being held in September 2017.
Internet Computer founder, Dominic Williams has critiqued the time taken by Cardano to launch smart contractors. Dominic has criticized Cardano for taking up to 2 years only to add smart contactors support. Internet Computer rivals Cardano.
Early September, Cardano encountered launch issues that were related to failed concurrent transaction processing. Anthony Sassano, Ethereum maximalist has also critiqued Cardano’s ability to carry out concurrent transaction processing.
Cardano upgrades led the token ADA into record highs. ADA recorded a 192% increase from a $1.06 low in late July. Since the start of 2021, ADA is up by 1,600%. In the past weeks, it has however dipped to $2.30- $2.80.
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