The Merge: Explained

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About the course

On September 15th, The Merge was executed. But what is it? How can a blockchain news make its way up on the first page of the Financial Times? Well, according to Polygon’s co-founder, “This is the first step of a hugely changing Ethereum ecosystem” which sets the future of Ethereum, and the entire blockchain ecosystem, on the right path for mass adoption.

Therefore, it is very important to understand what the Merge means and the reasons behind this shift of consensus mechanism. Understanding The Merge is a sneak peak into the future of finance, and an outlook on how the decentralised infrastructure of finance will be operating.

Your expert for this course is Dr.Oriol Caudevilla, a globally renowned blockchain expert, academic, consultant and advisor teaching the future of finance. In this course, he will leverage his extensive experience in blockchain technology, CBDCs and Fintech to teach you how the merge works, and what it means.

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Difficulty: Foundations
Duration: 35mins

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The expert you’ll be learning from

Dr. Oriol Caudevilla

FinTech Advisor, Management & Strategy Consultant and Researcher (Digital Banking and Finance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Blockchain, Crypto and M&A)
Dr. Oriol is a very influential voice in the FinTech area, having advised many companies and with a very extensive network across the globe. Oriol works as Board Director and Co-Leader of the Financial Inclusion and CBDCs Working Groups at the Global Impact FinTech (GIFT) Forum, Chairman of the Private Digital Euro Working Group at the Digital Euro Association (D€A), Member of the Board of Advisors at Blockchain for Europe (BC4EU), Strategic Advisor at a Hong Kong-based WealthTech company, ETFCool, Strategic Advisor at Alpha Bright Asset Management (Hong Kong), Research Contributor at the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), Mentor at R3 (Singapore), Mentor at Cyberport (Hong Kong), Mentor at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), FinTech Mentor at F10 Incubator & Accelerator (Singapore), Blockchain Mentor at Tribe (Singapore) and also FinTech Mentor at Rise by Barclays (London and Mumbai). Oriol is Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as well as Honorary Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law -AIIFL- at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, the Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) as well as FinTech Australia. Furthermore, he publishes articles in several international media and has been cited by several international media, such as Reuters, Forbes Middle East, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Outlook India, China Daily, Asian Investor, Forkast News and Cointelegraph. He is also a well-known international speaker: he was named Asian FinTech Speaker of the Year (2021) by FASTER Community, and has participated in over 150 international conferences since 2020 talking about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), Blockchain, Blockchain in Islamic Banking and Finance, the Chinese Financial System, Digital Yuan and others. He has also been invited to give classes at several top universities and business schools such as The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Asian Institute of Management (AMI), The University of British Columbia (UBC), ESADE Business School, Singapore Management University (SMU), Peking University and many others. He started his own Podcast, A Digital Tomorrow, in December 2021. As of today, its YouTube channel has over 5,000 subscribers and his views regularly reach over 1,000 views. In his podcast, he has interviewed CEOs, Central Bankers, Ambassadors…

Course Content

In this course, we will be exploring the concept of the Merge and its relationship to blockchain technology. We will be joined by Dr. Oriol Caudevilla, a FinTech and Blockchain Advisor and host of the “A Digital Tomorrow” podcast, who will guide us through the ins and outs of blockchain and the Merge. We will begin by defining blockchain and discussing how it works, before delving into the concept of consensus mechanisms and the differences between proof of work and proof of stake. We will then explore the Merge and Ethereum, and the reasons behind the shift towards proof of stake. By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the Merge and its place in the world of blockchain technology.
In this chapter, we will provide an overview of the blockchain and its place in the world of FinTech. We will define blockchain and discuss how it works, as well as exploring its various applications and the concept of consensus mechanisms. By the end of this chapter, you will have a solid foundation for understanding the basics of blockchain technology.
In this chapter, we will look into the Merge and its relationship to Ethereum. We will discuss the reasons behind the shift towards proof of stake and the potential benefits and challenges of this shift. We will also explore the concept of layer two protocols and the role they play in scaling the blockchain. By the end of this chapter, you will have a clear understanding of the Merge and its place in the world of Ethereum.
In this chapter, we will examine the potential future of the Merge and its impact on the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. We will discuss the potential risks and challenges that may arise, as well as the potential benefits and opportunities that the Merge may offer. By the end of this chapter, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the potential future of the Merge and its place in the market.
To conclude, the Merge is a fascinating and important aspect of the world of blockchain technology. In this course, we have explored the concept of the Merge and its relationship to Ethereum, as well as examining the potential future of the Merge and its impact on the market. By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the Merge and be able to apply this knowledge to your own investments and professional pursuits.

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