Ethereum, The Distributed Autonomous Corporation, and the Smart Contract

Ethereum is a very interesting case because the proponents of it have imagined the deployment of self-enforcing smart contracts. There are several examples of these – which include financial exchange markets, joint savings accounts, trust funds, and many more – alongside organizations that are autonomous and do not depend on any legal or moral entity.

Ethereum involves a system of contract validation and enforcement that depends on one of the most sophisticated of all platforms that many derivative

cryptocurrencies use. The reason for its sophistication is the adoption of an internal scripting language that is Turing-complete and can be used for encoding advanced types of transactions directly to the blockchain. However, several platforms are available to make crypto trading easier to carry out. Reviewsare needed to help users get acquainted with the profits through the Bitcoin System.

How does Ethereum compare with other Blockchain applications?

Ethereum is not the same as many of the other distributed applications on the blockchain; it is more of a distributed operating system, a platform that allows applications to be developed on it with the intent of creating contracts that are self-validating and systems that are

completely autonomous, all of which will operate on the blockchain directly. However, while that may be the most revolutionary feature of this system, it also has the potential to be a problem. It is well known that a fundamental driver of economic transactions and corporations is contracted. Through the provision of the

foundation that will validate the contracts, Ethereum is allowing Distributed Autonomous Companies (DACs) or Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) to be deployed. These are systems that are based on blockchain and have a high level of independence and their money is earned by charging users for their services, thereby ensuring that they can pay for the resources they require, like bandwidth and processing power, to run the network. The DAO is a sovereign entity that does not depend on any moral or legal entity. Once it has been created and then deployed on the internet, they no longer have a need or a requirement for their creators. They may need interaction with their users but they do not have any dependency on these users. The Smart contract is enforced by the applications that run on the blockchain.

This self-regulating system is what presides over operations and Ethereum has introduced a whole load of legal challenges relating to law enforcement and liability that have never been seen in terms of the

traditional peer-to-peer network. In fact, if the DAO is run alone, is neither owned nor is it operated by a specific entity, who then is accountable for the operation of the organization? Who is responsible for it, in charge of it? And because a DAO owns sovereignty over its

assets, they cannot be seized how are damages paid for in the case of


Ethereum as an autonomous agent

With cloud computing, corporate authority remains limited in that the big online operators, such as Google, Amazon, or Facebook, for example, must stick to the basic tenets of the law. With Ethereum, nobody can question the code authority and no law can repeal it. That puts the arising challenges in the same vein as those that have emerged with autonomous agents, like the evolutionary viruses in software or

intelligent robots that are autonomous in their own right (although this is most likely firmly stuck in Sci-Fi, for now, it may become a reality in the future) rather than with the traditional peer-to-peer application.


While Ethereum and other applications based on the blockchain may well seek to liberate us from the rule of the larger online operators we need to ensure that we do not exchange that rule for the “rule of code” – those that are dictated and enforced automatically by the code that

underlies the platform and will only exist in the “ether”.

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