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As Cardano Gears up for Shelley, here’s Three Things You Need to Know

As Cardano Gears up for Shelley, here’s Three Things You Need to Know

As the end of Q1 2019 approaches, Shelley’s progress marches on relentlessly. But for the uninitiated, navigating the shift into a new phase of Cardano’s development may appear overwhelming. Here are three key areas you’ll need to know about Shelley, ahead of its release.

Percy Bysshe Shelley — Not a contemporary of Satoshi Nakamoto, but still prominently featured in Cardano.

There is certainly a purposeful mystery in the nomenclature of Cardano, with each aspect of the project interwoven with a degree of history and intrigue.

Whilst others have already done a great job of unraveling the myths behind Cardano’s naming conventions, with the impending release of Shelley, there’s one name which deserves revisiting.

The upcoming ‘Shelley phase’, so named alongside a portrait of its eponymous figure on the Cardano roadmap, is undoubtedly dedicated to Percy Bysshe Shelley; the 18th century English Romantic poet who penned the famous poem ‘Ozymandias’ — but why?

At first glance, Shelley’s renowned sonnet seems to be of little relevance to the nascent field of distributed ledger technology, and similarly, Shelley certainly wasn’t a contemporary of Satoshi Nakamoto. So to name an entire phase of the Cardano project after him may initially seem somewhat odd.

However, on further inspection, what the ‘Ozymandias’ sonnet does signify, and does so with lasting impact, is the decline of authority — the inevitable erosion of even the most powerfully enduring dynasties.

“And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

This is a message which could indeed resonate with the Cardano project as it readies itself for a new phase in its ambitious roadmap.

With the move to full decentralisation imminently approaching, the dynasties which could soon be forced to pass into...

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