"Buterin donated $2.4 million in ether to the SENS Research Foundation."
Well there you go, if Ethereum does do well then we all get to be immortal. Hoorah.
Regardless of how well Bitcoin and Ethereum does, cryptocurrency is an antifragile movement, it may be severely weakened by events but it's never going to go away. It had a value long before finance got involved with it (I still remember when a bitcoin was worth 50$ and I couldn't believe it then), and it survived the collapse of Mt. Gox back in 2014, which was the real test of its ability to hold value, not the 2017 bubble, and it passed.
Decentralized cryptocurrency is going to supplant centralized banking currency and NOBODY is read for how severely this will weaken the authority of sovereign states (except maybe the crazy InfoWars crowd).
You're a genius Mish, but if Taleb gets behind something, then I've got to side with Taleb.
In any case, they can't short the 2017 bubble.