The holiday season is upon us and soon free IGNIS tokens will rain down into your Nxt accounts! 500M IGNIS tokens will be airdropped on NXT coin holders at the New Year!
What is Going On?
On Dec 28, 2017: a snapshot of the Nxt blockchain will occur:
Jelurida takes a snapshot of all NXT accounts with everything in them, including the NXT you hold, your registered aliases, account properties, your NxtAE (asset exchange) portfolio, Marketplace items, Monetary System coins, etc. The state of the blockchain. Your NXT balance @ the snapshot block determines how much IGNIS you will get: 1 IGNIS per 2 NXT.
With the snapshot block, some coins and trading markets will be temporarily frozen.
These tokens will, temporarily, become untradeable: ARDR (the Nxt asset which represents ARDR tokens on the Ardor blockchain platform), JLRDA (which represents the IGNIS tokens sold during the ICO), Janus (which will be re-issued on IGNIS/Ardor), and also BITSWIFT, which will be reborn as an Ardor child chain, along with Ignis, with the Ardor Genesis block.
The Ardor platform and its first child chains will launch on 1/1-2018 0:00 ETC.
From that moment, when the Genesis Block is forged, the markets for the beforementioned tokens are open again. For every 1 NXT you have in your Nxt account on Dec 28, at the time of the snapshot, you will find an additional 0.5 IGNIS, on the Ardor blockchain. You can already log in to the Ardor testnet with you current Nxt account ID and see how it works. Also, 10% of the BITSWIFT child chain tokens will be distributed to IGNIS holders. Not because of the JPL license, but because Bitswift has decided to reward the Nxt and Ignis community, with an extra Xmas gift to holders!
NXT and IGNIS
IGNIS is the transactional token of the unrestricted open to all blockchain 2.0 Ignis child chain, spawned from Ardor, the scalable disruptive platform that Jean-Luc, Nxt lead developer since 2013, and Jelurida, have created.
Those that listened know that the Nxt platform will not become obsolete but will be taken care of, as a perfect showcase for Jelurida and a still relevant featureful public blockchain, under the JPL license. The JPL (Jelurida Public License) aims to protect investors in the NXT token, while at the same time keeping the core code open source. According to the JPL, any clone of Nxt must distribute 10% of the newly issued tokens among NXT holders, proportionally according to their stake in NXT.
[With JPL], unlike the GPL, in addition to the copyright owner (Jelurida) any token holder can initiate a claim, because he has incurred a loss. It will also be much more straightforward to demonstrate the total monetary value of such losses, as 10% of the marketcap of the infringing clone.
Ignis is spawned from Ardor. The Ardor server software can run on a mobile phone, a Raspberry Pi or a VPS, and anyone with ARDR can earn fees from forging ChildBlocks (blocks of bundled transactions made on Ignis and other Ardor child chains). Forging is Nxt and Ardor PoS’s equivalent to PoW “mining” and secures the full Ardor network.
Other ways to support and monetize the network is (currently) Bundling or running Archival Nodes.
Child chain transactions are not forged on the child chain but are bundled and sent in blocks to the Ardor parent chain, which forges, files, and secures them. Anyone can become a Bundler, and bundle child chain transactions. It takes ARDR to be a Bundler, because the Bundler must transfer ChildBlocks (those consisting of bundled child chain transactions) to the Ardor parent chain. Ardor only accepts ARDR. Bundlers are paid in child chain tokens for their service. They set their own fee.
Archival Nodes expand the default network when it comes to storing data on the blockchain. Messages sent between accounts as well as other kinds of encrypted or public data uploaded to the network are “pruned” from child chains. Only hashes are stored, which makes the child chains scalable – unnecessary bloat is removed at regular intervals. Archival Nodes, on the other hand, store pieces of data, so they can be dug up and used. Thus, Archival Nodes provide a distributed data storage network to Ardor’s blockchain ecosystem – which, of course, also can be monetized. This is already built into the platform. The first archival node service provider will be Jelurida, but competition is welcomed.
IGNIS lives on and communicates with this full network. It’s part of a scalable platform; Ardor, the advanced EXISTING BaaS platform, which allows transactions to be sent across the full network of child chains, globally. For example, an asset that is issued on Ignis will become instantly tradeable on all child chains that support the AE. Be they business token child chains or simple gateway child chains with tokens pegged to other cryptocurrencies or a bank/government-backed fiat coin, like DKK, EUR, USD, YAN, which you can deposit/withdraw directly to your bank account. On top of this, Asset tokens can be issued with their own unique rules set and specified- like, if they can be traded by all, or only by selected accounts, pre-approved by the issuer of the asset, or tagged in the blockchain as KYC/AML/CTF compliant accounts. Also, Ignis currency tokens (MS-coins) can be traded between child chains. Whatever you do, you can scale it. Whatever you do, it is in your control, finally.
I think that the Nxter Magazine should soon begin talking about use cases. Or about building commercial applications on the public blockchain. Maybe we could even run a contest! Describe a use case that solves a problem for you, and win!
It could be a lot of fun. Those that win the contest by vote, could get an advisory board, some initial funding, marketing and possibly a partnership arrangement with core Nxters. Nxt, IGNIS, and Ardor are supposed to solve real problems, you know, and the tech is capable of it. As IGNIS and ARDR appreciate in value, and with our sponsorship with Jelurida we *could* make this happen. Follow, learn about Nxt and Ardor, sign up for the news. Maybe we will make such a contest. Until then, feel free to post ideas for use cases in the comment field. Here’s why:
One of the most important aspects of Ignis is what it offers to the developer; e.g. businesses, local societies and even to national governments. All the advanced basics of connecting your use case to the blockchain are covered. Tested, reviewed and approved in the wild, Ignis (and the NXT and Ardor platforms) offers working executable secure inbuilt smart contracts, that developers can combine into the use cases he/she/the customer wants, as easy as with Lego bricks, with the API.
Right off the bat, Ardor is a well-prepared infrastructure of an entire economic system, with all its twists and turns, an infrastructure built on the blockchain, which is ready to go global on January 1st.
New GUI’s, apps and Dapps (decentralized apps) are expected to emerge:
The child chain infrastructure seemed to solve all of the problems we were looking at, blockchain bloat, reducing fees, fast confirmations, everything we want it comes with to start building on.
Dan Charbonneau, CEO of CBT Nuggets:
[Our] learners will buy training content with crypto and consume the content. We’re developing a cryptocurrency to be deployed as an ARDR child chain that will provide a financial incentive to learning. There are quizzes throughout the content so you can prove you learned the material. When you answer the quizzes correctly, 30% of your purchase price is returned to you. In addition, everything you learn is stored in the blockchain so we will maintain a lifelong record of learning for you.
When you interview for a job, you’ll be able to show the interviewer everything you’ve learned. The transcript will of course be private only for you and shared with the people you choose. The value of our cryptocurrency will be pegged to ARDR on a 1-to-1 basis. The initial launch will be with 50M of the new cryptocurrency paid for with 50M ARDR. The currency will be redeemable on a 1-to-1 basis for ARDR so it has value out of the gate.
I’m hoping this changes education worldwide, providing greater access to quality content and adding competition and the principles of the free market economy to education at all levels.
Alex Pfeiffer, University of Danube – Center for Applied Game Studies:
As we talk on a daily basis with Jelurida (…) at the moment I am 100% sure about doing the following “proof of concepts”. I can speak about my plans but I don’t like to reveal any partners before the ink is dry ;).
Doing my research for several months I switched all my developing plans first from Ethereum to Ethereum Classic and finally decided to fully go on Nxt and later Ardor for my plans regarding setting up new ecosystems.
I also decided to work with Ardor and Nxt for a very simple personal reason. I am economist, social scientist, game designer and conceptional developer. I am not! a “real” technican. Working with Ardor gives me the chance to understand most of the stuff the tech people are doing with it and it enables me to chance things and not crashing the system.
Adel is built on the Nxt platform which has numerous features that will be extended to the Adel ecosystem. [Adel] will move to the Ardor platform, once it is deemed suitable. With this foundation of advanced blockchain features, the Adel ecosystem can focus on project development, best-in-class business practices, and an efficient and self-sustaining community. Adel will continue to capitalize on the features of Nxt and Ardor as both evolve.
So, What Is Next?
The “Bitcoin-thing: banking and sending low fee money transfers, is one use case of the blockchain; but IGNIS and Ardor bring all the Blockchain 2.0 ideas to life as well. Ideas like having a truly decentralized blockchain network, not running an old energy-wasting PoW algorithm but an energy efficient and green algorithm (100% PoS), that comes with inbuilt smart contract transaction functionality, with which you or anyone can build all sorts of secure and decentralized applications on the blockchain. Or you can even create your own, it’s scalable, connected to the network. The impact and transformative nature of the changes to businesses and governments that the Ardor / Nxt / Ignis blockchains bring are unimaginable.
To old Nxters, this is not news. But it must be said: on January 1st, 2018, Ignis, Bitswift and Ardor will launch. Almost everything envisioned by the great, early Bitcoin (and even Ethereum) blockchain visionaries will be doable with Ignis and Ardor. Who would have thought? One can only hope that the launch on Jan 1st will spark a disruptive network effect. And oh yes, you can be part of it! Begin by sharing this article. It has way too many great links to be acknowledged by Google.
We have all seen the price of NXT and ARDR increase. I see it talked about a lot in forums, slacks, and on social media, and I spend a lot of time giving answers to folks who want to know if they will get IGNIS, ARDR and BITSWIFT if they hold their NXT on either this or that centralized exchange. Short answer: Why would you?
I have used NXT for a long time. IGNIS and Ardor are coming. I know, for a fact, that soon I will never have to use any centralized exchange ever again. If you don’t know that, you don’t know what you’re investing in. You invest in disruptive tech. Not like Jelurida is against the established system, all taxes and governments, sure, they will work with it all. But their tech is public. Anyone can just use it or build applications on top of it, which interacts with it all.
Maybe NXT and ARDR exchanges like Bittrex will support the snapshot. Maybe Poloniex will, and AEX, Bitcoin Indonesia, HitBTC, Litebit, all of them – or maybe they won’t! None of these exchanges have made an official announcement about the IGNIS airdrop yet, the date is closing in, but what they all want is to get paid. By Jelurida.
So you ask me: Will the airdrop be supported by this or that exchange?
No one knows, unfortunately. IMHO, centralized exchanges act like they are banks, nowadays. They will list IGNIS, as well as NXT and ARDR, of course, they will, they earn great fees from trades, but that is not enough. Profit maximising middlemen, they are, nowadays, and they do not even provide an indispensable service, but they act like they do. We do not really need them. Centralized exchanges get hacked or cheat you. Nxt and Ardor have inbuilt decentralized exchanges. So, to make sure you get your IGNIS and Bitswift tokens for holding NXT, and your Ardor tokens for holding ARDR, I strongly recommend you to simply register an account on the network.
All you need is a NXT blockchain account. Create it offline, with a web client, or locally, by downloading and running the NRS client from Jelurida. The web client is the fastest and easiest, requiring only a minute or two of simple setup. Be sure to keep your passphrase safe!
The jelurida wallet to be 100% sure.
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) December 16, 2017
Hi jang. Send your $NXT to a wallet you control. With the secret passphrase to your account, you can log in to an $Ignis or #Ardor client with the exact same passphrase after launch. You can claim a personal NXT account @ https://t.co/UAZgKR1Dew or with https://t.co/rnemBwr57e
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) December 14, 2017
Bittrex has not announced their support for the $Nxt > $IGNIS airdrop yet. They have made this announcement regarding the $ARDR swap:https://t.co/Asd3z0TX0Y
We will post it when they make an announcement.
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) December 11, 2017
Personally, I care about investing in blockchain technologies that I know will accomplish great things. I do not know how many day traders, dolphins, hungry whales or bots manipulate the price of a coin, our token, as soon as they see it make a move in the market. I want to believe, that there are others like me: interested minds, doers, visionaries, supporters of the technology, long-term holders and investors. People who want to know what they invest in, before they invest.
But it is a stupid get-rich scheme to most. Even most “average Joes” know that this could possibly be a good time to get into NXT.