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Blockchain technology was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto back in the year 2008 for solving the double-spending problem associated with the regular currencies without the need of intermediary trusted authority. In simple terms, it can be understood as the latest update for the distributed ledger technology named âCryptographyâ. However, the main difference between the two is the endless possibilities of employing Blockchain technology for storing data securely without any chances of data alterations either in the past or future.
Bitcoin is a decentralized electronic currency working peer to peer between users, employing powerful blockchain technology without the involvement of any intermediary authorities. These transactions are verified by network nodes using cryptography and then further recorded in a free source distributed ledger called the Blockchain.
The Total supply of Bitcoins is limited to 21 Million. Bitcoins are created each time a user discovers a new block. The rate of this block generation is adjusted every 2016 block to aim for a constant two-week adjustment period (equivalent to 6 per hour.) The number of bitcoins generated per block is set to decrease geometrically, with a 50% reduction every 210,000 blocks, or approximately four years.
Ethereum was initially described in a white paper by Vitalik Buterin in late 2013 with the goal of building decentralized applications using blockchain technology. It is based on an open-source distributed ledger platform available publicly free for users and also provides the functionality of featuring and implementing new smart contacts, applications that run exactly as programmed eliminating possibilities of downtime, fraud, and third party interference. These apps run on a custom-built Ethereum blockchain, a powerful infrastructure globally.
Ether is also called âcrypto-fuelâ and is commonly referred to as Ethereum which is a digital currency also called cryptocurrency whose blockchain is based on Ethereum Platform but if speaking technically, Ether is a necessary element â a fuel â for operating the distributed application platform Ethereum. It is a form of payment made by the clients of the platform to the machines executing the requested operations.
The total supply of ether and its rate of redistribution was decided by the donations gathered on the 2014 presale. Some Stats are as under:
*Note that after the Byzantium update is implemented, the mining and uncle reward is reduced to 3 ethers and 0.625-2.625 ethers, respectively.
No. According to the terms agreed by all parties on the 2014 presale, issuance of ether is capped at 18 million ether per year (this number equals 25% of the initial supply). This means that while the absolute issuance is fixed, the relative inflation is decreased every year. In theory, if this issuance was kept indefinitely then at some point the rate of new tokens created every year would reach the average amount lost yearly (by misuse, accidental key lost, the death of holders, etc) and there would reach an equilibrium.
But the rate is not expected to be kept: sometime in 2018-2019, Ethereum will be switched from Proof of Work to a new consensus algorithm under development, called Casper that is expected to be more efficient and require less mining subsidy. The exact method of issuance and which function it will serve is an area of active research, but what can be guaranteed now is that (1) the current maximum is considered a ceiling, and the new issuance under Casper will not exceed it (and is expected to be much less) and (2) whatever method is ultimately picked to issue, it will be a decentralized smart contract that will not give preferential treatment to any particular group of people and whose purpose is to benefit the overall health and security of the network.
Developers who intend to build apps, access, and interact with smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain need Ether as fees.
The Ethereum network is kept running by computers all over the world. In order to reward the computational costs of both processing the contracts and securing the network, there is a reward that is given to the computer that was able to create the latest block on the chain. Every 15 seconds, on average, a new block is added to the blockchain with the latest transactions processed by the network, and the computer that generated this block will be awarded 3 ether. Due to the nature of the algorithm for block generation, this process (generating a proof of work) is guaranteed to be random and rewards are given in proportion to the computational power of each machine.
This process is usually called mining in the crypto language.
There is a big confusion between Ethereum and Bitcoin. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum are based on Blockchain technology. Ethereum could have not been possible without bitcoins. As bitcoin was the first digital currency to employ blockchain technology for functioning.
There are many ways in which you can use Bitcoins within the Ethereum ecosystem:
Convert Bitcoin To Ethereum: Multiple third-party companies are working to make the exchanging of ether and bitcoins as easy and seamless as possible. If so desired one could trade bitcoins for ether with the purpose of executing contracts and trade it back immediately in order to keep their value pegged and secured by the bitcoin network. The latest version of the wallet includes an automatic conversion between ether and bitcoin.
Create Smart Ethereum Smart Contacts: Ethereum is a great tool for creating complex trading between multiple parties. If you have a source for the price of Bitcoin that all parties trust, then itâs possible to create an Ethereum based currency whose value is pegged to the market value of Bitcoin. This means that you could trade bitcoins to a token that is guaranteed to always trade back to the same amount of bitcoins while still being fully compatible with other ethereum contracts.
Use A Bitcoin Feed To Convert A 2-Way Peg: the bitcoin relay is a piece of code that allows you to sidechain a bitcoin into ethereum. This means that you can use Bitcoinâs native limited scripting capability to lock a bitcoin into a contract that is directly connected to an ethereum contract, which can then issue an ethereum based token that is guaranteed to be backed by bitcoin. The relay is under development and as implementations are tested and proved to be secure, we will list them here.
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