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Ripple CTO David Schwartz Reveals Compelling Facts About Bitcoin (BTC)

The world of cryptocurrencies is rife with mysteries, and one of the most enigmatic figures in the crypto world is David Schwartz, the Chief Technology Officer of Ripple. Schwartz recently shed light on Bitcoin’s block intervals, which has puzzled many. This post is notable because many have speculated that Schwartz could be Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin.

Schwartz has a background in cryptography, which has fueled these rumors. However, he has continuously denied being Nakamoto, stating that he learned about Bitcoin in 2011, about two years after its launch.

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The Average Block Interval Conundrum

Schwartz delved into the intricacies of Bitcoin’s block intervals. One of the perplexing aspects of Bitcoin is its block intervals. When people refer to the “average block interval” of 10 minutes, they are discussing a calculation based on blocks. This means, on average, a new block is mined every 10 minutes. However, there’s a subtle distinction that many overlook.

Schwartz draws an analogy to make this concept clear. He likens it to evaluating buses and passengers. When you average over buses, treating each bus equally, you get a lower average because less crowded buses pull down the average. On the other hand, when you average over passengers, counting each passenger equally, you get a higher average. This average increases because crowded buses with more passengers elevate it.

In the context of Bitcoin, the “average block interval” is akin to averaging over buses, where every block is treated equally. This results in a consistent 10-minute interval. However, the statement that there are 10 minutes until the next block involves averaging over time, signifying the average duration it takes to complete the next block.

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A Closer Look at Bitcoin’s Block Intervals

To further clarify, let’s examine this with a real-world scenario. Imagine a bus route with two buses, one that arrives every 5 minutes and another arriving every 15 minutes.

If you average over buses, the result is 10 minutes, as each bus is considered equally. But if you average over passengers and account for how many people are waiting, the time until the next bus can be quite different from the average.


Bitcoin miners are like passengers waiting for a new block. The time until the next block can vary significantly, even though the “average block interval” remains 10 minutes. This fundamental concept is often misunderstood, and Schwartz’s analogy helps shed light on this aspect of Bitcoin’s operation.

However, this average is good enough to calculate the time of significant events like the bitcoin halving, and the one coming in April 2024 has many in the crypto world anticipating a surge.

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Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba is a passionate writer with a vast interest in the stock market. She joined the crypto ecosystem about three years ago and has written lots of ebooks and articles in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. Tobi Loba earned her degree at the University of Ibadan.

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