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Everyone Should Read This Very Short History Of Ethereum

What is Ethereum?

With Ethereum, smart contracts and cryptocurrency trading are securely carried out without the intervention of a third party using blockchain technology. Using Ethereum, developers can deploy all kinds of decentralised apps: externally owned accounts (controlled by private keys influenced by human users) and contract accounts. Bitcoin remains the most popular cryptocurrency, but Ethereum’s aggressive growth has many speculating that it will soon overtake Bitcoin in usage.

What is the difference between Ethereum and Bitcoin?

Ethereum and Bitcoin share many similarities, but there are also many differences. Here are a few:

  • In comparison with Bitcoin, Ethereum trades cryptocurrencies, including ether (Ethereum’s cryptocurrency), smart contracts, and its Virtual Machine (EVM).
  • There is a difference in the security protocol: Ethereum relies on “proof of stake” instead of Bitcoin’s “proof of work.”.
  • In Bitcoin, only public (censor-proof) transactions can take place; in Ethereum, both permissioned and permissionless transactions are permitted.
  • It takes Ethereum miners 12 seconds on average to complete a block, compared to Bitcoin’s 10 minutes. This results in more block confirmations, allowing Ethereum miners to earn more Ether.
  • In 2021, it is estimated that only half of the Ether coins will be mined (a supply of more than 90 million tokens), while most Bitcoins have already been mined (its supply is capped at 21 million).
  • Bitcoin’s miners receive rewards for running the platform and verifying transactions. The computer that solves each new block receives Bitcoins (or a fraction of one). Ethereum does not offer block rewards, but rather allows miners to take a transaction fee.

What are the advantages of Ethereum?

It is claimed that Ethereum’s main advantage over Bitcoin is that it allows individuals and companies to do much more than simply transfer money between entities, which leads Bloomberg to write it’s “the hottest platform in the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchains” and companies such as IBM, Intel, and Microsoft are investing in it.

History of Ethereum

“I think [those in the Bitcoin community] aren’t approaching the problem correctly,” said Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin. They seemed to be aiming at individual applications; they were trying to implement a Swiss Army knife protocol where they explicitly supported each.”

A different approach was envisioned by him.

He became fascinated by blockchain technology as a 17-year-old programmer and co-founded Bitcoin Magazine in 2011 when he first got involved with Bitcoin. In 2013, he released a white paper describing what would eventually become Ethereum using a general scripting language, imagining a platform that went beyond Bitcoin’s financial use cases.

The platform’s ability to trade more than just cryptocurrencies set it apart from Bitcoin.

During a crowdsourcing campaign in 2014, Buterin and other Ethereum co-founders sold Ether (Ethereum tokens) to participants to raise more than $18 million to support their vision. Frontier, the first of the ETH Exchanges, was launched in 2015. Since then, hundreds of developers have used the platform.

In the end, Buterin hopes Ethereum will be the solution for all blockchain use cases that do not have a specialized system.

The Crypto Leverage Trading is still experiencing growth pains, primarily with respect to scalability, which is the same as Bitcoin. An anonymous hacker stole $50 million in Ether in 2016, raising concerns about the security of the platform. As a result, the Ethereum community split into two blockchains: Ethereum and Ethereum Classic.

In 2017, Ethereum’s value grew more than 13,000%, attracting many investors, but making others cautious because of its volatility.

Even though it is a very young platform, its potential and applications are limitless. When Ethereum faced security issues over the last few years, its infrastructure was enhanced and it is less monopolistic than Bitcoin, so reform measures are more likely to succeed, making it a more superior solution.

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