Paris' $1,000 Bitcoin Street Mural Puzzle Has Been Solved

Francisco Memoria

A puzzle infused in a painting in a street mural in Paris that included a 0.26 BTC reward (worth about $1,000) in it has recently been solved, and the funds have been collected, along with a few public donations.

As CryptoGlobe covered artist Pascal Boyart created a modern interpretation of the famous Eugène Delacroix painting, Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple in French), painted in 1830 during the French Revolution which toppled France’s monarchy.

In it, a 0.26 BTC reward was infused. As the artist himself revealed via the microblogging platform Twitter, the puzzle was solved less than a week after it was created.

In the painting, Boyart replaced armed 19th century revolutionaries with today’s Yellow Vest protestors, who have been fighting against France’s government for over two months over economic justice issues.

The exact solution to Boyart’s painting is set to be revealed in the future. Referring to an online image of the painting at the time, the artist noted that while it’s possible to get some clues out of it, to solve the puzzle it was necessary to “be physicaly [sic] in front of the mural.”

A twitter user named Antoine revealed he was the one who managed to “win this race.” He noted that his organization will soon publish the story and the details of how they managed to solve the puzzle.

While the puzzle itself represents the Yellow Vest movement, some have likened the protests’ character with bitcoin’s own origins. CryptoGlobe has recently reported on Max Keiser’s call for the protestors to convert their euros to BTC, moving away from the French banking system.

IBM’s VP of Blockchain and Crypto on World Wire, XLM, Ripple, XRP, and BTC Price

On Wednesday (February 20th), during an interview with Australia's largest comparison site, Jesse Lund, IBM's Vice President of Blockchain and Digital Currencies, talked about his company's cross-border payments solution "IBM Blockchain World Wire"(which runs on the Stellar network), how this product differs from what Ripple is doing with xRapid, and gave his medium term (end of 2019) and long term (some day) price predictions for Bitcoin (BTC).

In this article, we focus on some of Lund's most interesting comments made during this interview.

IBM Blockchain World Wire

"The architecture of World Wire is really a cross-border payment network, the magic of which is the ability to send a payment message instruction saying 'Hey, I'm sending you something; get ready!' and on the other end, the receiver is making sure that who you are sending it yo is not some nefarious actor or bad actor, but once that happens, and that happens really fast, then we send the value along, and that transfer of value is made possible by an ecosystem of digital settlement instruments, of which [Stellar] lumens is one."

"IBM's long game in this is to be the network operator... So, the subscribers, the customers, if you will, of World Wire are market makers who really provide the pay in, pay out locations, and they themselves have corporate clients and probably retail clients. So, we're really providing a kind of conduit through which money can flow in real-time." 

IBM Blockchain World Wire vs. Ripple's xRapid

"Credit Ripple for the vision of using a digital asset in order to enact immediate settlement with finality. I think their implementation followed one path. Our implementation is a little bit different. We are not the issuer of an asset. In fact, what we believe is that there should be an ecosystem of a variety of digital assets that provide the settlement instruments that enable these cross-border payments. The participants on the network should be able to choose and negotiate their choices in real-time and the pricing might be different depending on the settlement instrument you use. So, I think with Ripple, they're looking at XRP as the primary digital asset for settlement, and for us, it could be lumens, it could be Ripple, it could be XRP even, it could be Bitcoin, but it would also probably include other instruments like stablecoins and even eventually, hopefully soon, central bank issued digital currencies."

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Prediction

"[Bitcoin's price at the end of 2019] ... I think it's going be higher [than today], I'll go with $5,000, but let me just say this. I've got a long term outlook... I see Bitcoin at a million dollars some day. And I like that number because if Bitcoin is at a million dollars, then satoshi is on value parity with the U.S. penny, right? And that means there's $23 trillion of liquidity in this network. Think about $23 trillion in liquidity and how that changes things like corporate payments, large payments, and what that does to the financial services landscape."

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