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Nvidia's Surging Stock Price: A Beacon for Digital Asset Enthusiasts?

Nvidia's AI-related success signals hope for blockchain, Mastercard cuts ties with Binance, a Chinese crypto-miner gets a life sentence, Coinbase dumps tokens, and Arthur Hayes speaks his mind again

August 25, 2023

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In the world of tech and finance, few companies have managed to capture the zeitgeist quite like Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA). The tech giant's second quarter fiscal 2024 financial results sent shockwaves through the industry due to its impressive figures. But what does it signify for the digital asset community?

The chipmaker's results, release last night, were nothing short of spectacular. With an earnings per share (EPS) of $2.70, surpassing predictions by 30%, and a revenue of $13.51 billion, nearly doubling the previous quarter's figures, the company has set a new benchmark. But beyond the numbers, it's the driving force behind this success that should captivate digital asset enthusiasts: the surging demand for Artificial Intelligence (AI) across all sectors of the economy.

“A new computing era has begun. Companies worldwide are transitioning from general-purpose to accelerated computing and generative AI,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, in the earnings announcement.

AI and blockchain, the technology underpinning most digital assets, are often viewed as two distinct pillars of the tech revolution. However, Nvidia's success story underscores their convergence. The company's GPUs, pivotal for AI applications, are also popular among cryptocurrency miners.

As Nvidia continues to innovate, it indirectly fuels the digital asset ecosystem by making processes like crypto mining more efficient and accessible. Another intriguing intersection is the realm of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Nvidia's GPUs, essential for high-quality virtual reality (VR) rendering, could play a pivotal role in the burgeoning NFT market. As virtual assets become tradeable commodities in immersive virtual spaces, Nvidia's technology could be at the heart of creating, rendering, and trading these digital assets.

Imagine a world where Nvidia's AI prowess is offered on decentralized platforms. Users could rent out their GPU's processing power for AI computations in a peer-to-peer manner, earning digital assets in return. Such a decentralized AI marketplace could democratize access to AI capabilities and further integrate digital assets into mainstream applications.

Nvidia's stellar performance is a beacon for what's possible at the intersection of AI, GPUs, and digital assets. As the lines between these domains blur, companies like Nvidia stand at the forefront of a revolution that could redefine the digital asset landscape.

For digital asset enthusiasts, Nvidia's success story offers both inspiration and a roadmap. It's a glimpse into a future where technology giants don't just coexist with the digital asset ecosystem but actively shape and elevate it. Stay on the sidelines and you'll miss out.


  • Mastercard Dumps Binance: Mastercard and Binance are parting ways in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Bahrain. From 22 September, their crypto card programs will be terminated. These cards allow Binance users to use their cryptocurrency holdings on the exchange pay with traditional currencies. Mastercard has other crypto partnerships including Gemini, Amber Group, Bitkub and CoinJar but their decision only impacts Binance card programs.
  • Crypto Life Sentence: A former Chinese official has been sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes and power abuse. Xiao Yi served as the vice-chairman of the Jiangxi provincial committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former Communist Party chief of Fuzhou city. Between 2017 and 2021, Xiao aided local cryptocurrency mining companies with fiscal, capital and electricity-related support, violating regulations. He also accepted roughly 125 million yuan in bribes between 2008 to 2021 and is regarded as the highest-ranking Chinese official punished for supporting cryptocurrency mining.
  • Coinbase Cuts Support: Coinbase has announced the suspension of trading for six tokens starting. From 6 September, BarnBridge (BOND), DerivaDAO (DDX), Jupiter (JUP), Multichain (MULTI), Ooki (OOKI), and Voyager (VGX) will be suspended across multiple platforms operated by Coinbase. Each token has been facing separate regulatory pushback.
  • "Fiat Toilet Paper": BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes has lashed out at the Federal Reserve's insistence on printing "fiat toilet paper." In a recent blog post, Hayes said the Fed will fail in beating inflation, which will ultimately benefit “risk assets of finite supply,” such as Bitcoin. Hayes described the Fed’s strategy as “quixotic” and said that if it continues, assets like Bitcoin will likely rise in the long run. “Bitcoin has a finite supply, and therefore as the denominator of fiat toilet paper grows, so will Bitcoin’s value in fiat currency terms,” Hayes wrote.