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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

May 12, 2020

Amanda Fabiano, director of Bitcoin mining at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, and Christopher Bendiksen, head of research at CoinShares, discuss the third Bitcoin halving, which occurred hours before the publication of this episode. They discuss:

  • the significance of the halving
  • what effect it could have on price and what Amanda and Christopher think of Dan Morehead's projection that it could reach $115,000 next year
  • how macroeconomic events like the coronavirus and quantitative easing could impact uptake of Bitcoin
  • how the halving could affect miners and hash rate
  • how the halving could influence the environmental impact of Bitcoin
  • why mining was the first activity Fidelity pursued with Bitcoin
  • what they think needs to happen in Bitcoin to foster more adoption
  • why hash rate derivatives will be a crucial step
  • what the outlook is for institutional adoption of Bitcoin
  • plus, is it halving or halvening?

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Episode links: 

Amanda Fabiano:

Fidelity Center for Applied Technology:

Christopher Bendiksen:


Coinshares’ 5 Popular Bitcoin Halving Theories:

Coinshares’ December 2019 Bitcoin Mining Report:

Unconfirmed episode with Dan Morehead:

Bitcoin stock-to-flow ratio:

Fidelity opens trading to institutional customers:

Fidelity Digital Assets signs first exchange: