Cardano (ADA) is a decentralized [(without having one central area of command)] platform that will allow complex programmable transfers [moves (from one place to another)] of value in a secure and scalable [(able to be made bigger or smaller)] fashion. It is one of the first blockchains to be built in the Haskell programming language. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. The development team consists of a large global collective of expert engineers and researchers. The protocol features a layered blockchain software stack that is flexible, scalable [(able to be made bigger or smaller)], and is being developed with the most rigorous academic and commercial software standards in the industry. Cardano will use a democratic governance system that allows the project to evolve over time, and fund itself sustainably through a visionary [intelligent (person)] treasury system. ADA is a token [symbol/symbolic] on a distributed computing platform that runs smart contracts, decentralized [(without having one central area of command)] applications, side chains, multi-party computation, and metadata [(descriptive information, like picture date, GPS location, etc.)].