It is hard to dispute the importance of research and academic rigour. For several projects, including Cardano, proper scholastic methodology has helped to pave the way for success. It is refreshing to see a modern cryptocurrency, utilising the latest in blockchain technology alongside peer-reviewed academic research to create a smart-contract platform built to last!
Ethereum aim is to make everyday life that bit more efficient and cost effective, by automating daily processes and creating a system without the middlemen. This could be used in not just the financial system, but also in the legal system, computer systems or more.