1. aeternity is written in erlang which most likely the language that can handle distributed application in the best way. (Already powers some of the most complex distributed communications systems like gsm, whatsaap,...) 2. AE solves the scalability problem with embedded state channels which are part of the core blockchain. This makes state channels easier to use (no need to run a dedicated terminal like what is needed for raiden network), and more efficient. 3. AE includes embedded oracles (=connections to real world, predictions, betting, so on) while other solutions on other platforms (gnosis, augur...) required are built on top of the blockchain which makes them costlier and less efficient. 4. AE solves governance problem in a decentralized way via oracles, making decisions to upgrade the protocol seamless and easy. 5. Smart contract just as others with the addition of the aepps concept (ID manager, voting system,...) which is being developed by the team. 6. Mining algorithm is Cuckoo cycle which will achieve the widest geographical distribution and decentralisation possible due to it’s memory-hard properties. Even small miners can still be profitable.