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Criptocurrencies, Fiat Money, Blockchains and Databases

by   Jorge Barrera, et al.

Two taxonomies of money that include cryptocurrencies are analyzed. A definition of the term cryptocurrency is given and a taxonomy of them is presented, based on how its price is fixed. The characteristics of the use of current fiat money and the operation of two-level banking systems are discussed. Cryptocurrencies are compared with fiat money and the aspects in which the latter cannot be overcome are indicated. The characteristics of blockchains and databases are described. The possible cases of use of both technologies are compared, and it is noted that blockchains, in addition to cryptocurrencies and certain records, have not yet shown their usefulness, while databases constitute the foundation of most of the automated systems in operation.


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