DigiCash Creator David Chaum Emerges With New Elixxir Platform

David Chaum, who gained fame for constructing a digital currency long before Bitcoin, has emerged to introduce a new platform, Elixxir, at Consensus Singapore. He claims Elixxir will be able to process thousands of transactions per second.

David Chaum, widely seen as the inventor of digital cash, and a well-known advocate for blockchain technology, is now ready to unleash a new platform he claims can churn through thousands of transactions per second.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chaum’s Elixxir platform produces blocks first and then sees them filled up as transactions are recorded, cutting down on processing time.

Chaum says the overall system processes and stores less data, which lessens potential security vulnerabilities and slashes the amount of required energy.

Introducing Elixxir

A press release says Elixxir was the product of almost two years of behind-the-scenes development.

Chaum officially unveiled the platform at CoinDesk Consensus Singapore. At the conference, he shared a technical breakdown of Elixxir and invited people to participate in the platform’s community.

According to Chaum, there are some fundamental solutions that are still needed for blockchain to make the “critical leap” from “store-of-value to consumer-scale payment and messaging.” He thinks Elixxir can solve many of these problems.

Overall, the Elixxir blockchain’s transaction processing speed essentially enables its “use as a smartphone app.”

In an interview, Chaum heralded the breakthroughs as a “game changer”, and asserted it was now possible to “actually meet the requirements to go to consumer scale.” He says Elixxir will be released as an open-source project.

David Chaum…Cryptocurrency Pioneer

David Chaum has been hard at work on ideas related to cryptocurrencies since the 1980s.

However, he told the Wall Street Journal how his 1990s invention, DigiCash, would not have ever been used at the time due to a lack of knowledge about the Internet.

Chaum, also referred to as the “father of online privacy,” is also well-known for his cryptography and secure election systems expertise, having founded the International Association for Cryptologic Research and the Voting Systems Institute. 

Wells Fargo Launches Its Own 'Digital Cash', Claims It's Not a Cryptocurrency

Financial services giant Wells Fargo has announced the launch of a settlement service called “Wells Fargo Digital Cash,” which will run on its distributed ledger technology platform.

According to the company’s announcement, Wells Fargo Digital Cash is a service that’ll bring in operational efficiencies as it’ll remove “barriers to real-time financial interactions” across its own network. The Digital Cash will “complete internal book transfer of cross-border payments” and its concept has already successfully been proven.

Lisa Frazier, head of the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo, was quoted as saying:

  • We believe DLT holds promise for a variety of use cases (…) Wells Fargo Digital Cash has the potential to enable Wells Fargo to remove barriers to real-time financial interactions across multiple accounts in multiple marketplaces around the world.

Speaking to The Block a Wells Fargo representative reportedly clartified that Wells Fargo Digital Cash is “not a cryptocurrency” before adding it is “1:1 against a tokenized USD/fiat currency that runs on a distributed ledger rail.”

When asked whether the Digital Cash could be considered a stablecoin, the representative reportedly stressed it’s an “internal settlement service” running on a “distributed ledger rail that supports tokenized fiat currency.”

Wells Fargo’s project is planned for next year and will initially completed transfers n U.S. dollars, although in the future it’s expected to add support for multiple currencies. The settlement service has been compared to JP Morgan Chase’s JPM Coin, a cryptocurrency developed for “instantaneous” transfer of payments between the financial giant’s institutional clients.

JPM Coin is a cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar at a 1:1 ratio, and is built on JPMorgan’s Quorum blockchain. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase’s CEO, has hinted the cryptocurrency could one day be used for retail payments.


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