Bitcoin celebrates another birthday as it hits 14

This is a milestone the crypto community can always wait for. A birthday to celebrate because you’re still cleaning up after your New Year’s Eve party. so get out the balloons because today is the day Bitcoin turns fourteen. To help you celebrate this milestone, BeInCrypto is taking you on a quick walk through the history of the currency.

bitcoin (B T cappeared first in Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin whitepaper, first published on October 31, 2008. The paper, titled ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’, presented the basic principles of the bitcoin network. That is, it was to be decentralized on a blockchain and would operate independently of any financial institution. No central bank and no central server. The anonymous programmer designed it to be operated by the code, the computer, and the people who use it.

Satoshi’s project was also how the vast majority of the world came to know the concept proof-of-work, Which, until recently, was the preferred consensus mechanism for blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. proof-of-work The algorithm was not created by bitcoin, as is widely believed; It only pushed it into the mainstream.

The concept first appeared in 1999 in “An Academic Dissertation” by Ari Juels and Markus Jacobsen.Proof of work and bread pudding protocol, In the essay, the authors describe it as “a protocol in which an utterance demonstrates to a validator that it has expended a certain level of computational effort over a certain time interval.”

Bitcoin introduced the concept of ‘mining’ as a competitive task and added an economic incentive in the form of a coin reward. Satoshi mined the first block of bitcoin on January 3, 2009, less than four months after the whitepaper was published. Fourteen years ago this week.

The Buff, the Freak, and the Dark Web

It took some time for the project to come to fruition. It was not until May 22, 2010, when the first reported real-world financial transaction occurred. A Florida man traded 10,000 BTC, worth about $25, for two Papa John’s pizzas. In that transaction, one bitcoin was worth about four cents. To this day, the bitcoin community celebrates Pizza Day on May 22.

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For many millions of people around the world, this will be the first time they have actually traded bitcoin on the dark web, a domain of the internet designed to be free of censorship and surveillance. In this sense, bitcoin and the dark web were perfect partners. While bitcoin may not provide true privacy (all transactions are irreversible and public on its blockchain), its lack of a central authority adds a double layer. security and anonymity when used in conjunction with the dark web browser, Tor.

These elements were not only for the benefit of activists and dissidents. Unsurprisingly, bitcoin has also attracted the attention of criminal elements. On February 11, 2011, two years after the first bitcoin transaction, Ross Ulbricht launched The Silk Road, the first efficient online marketplace for trading illegal substances and services. According to the US government, bitcoin facilitated a total revenue of approximately $183 million, involving 146,946 buyers and 3,877 sellers.

Ethereum and the ICO boom

Birth of Ethereum (ETH) also marks a turning point in bitcoin’s lifecycle. While Naxmoto’s original currency merged two things, a digital asset run and a public blockchain, its critics say the paradigm was deeply limited.

Whereas bitcoin was conceived as a store of value and a method of exchange, ethereum employed smart contracts. A self-executing contract written using code that will be triggered when certain preconditions are met. Vitalik Buterin, author of Ethereum’s initial whitepaper, first brought the project to the world’s attention in 2014 at a bitcoin conference in Miami, Florida.

The success of both bitcoin and ethereum was a necessary precondition for this ICO Boom of 2017. The name has been given to an explosion of tech startups that will be issuing new digital currencies to help fund their growth. Neither of these projects, nor the so-called “Ethereum killers,” will come close to the success of bitcoin. On February 1st, 2017, before the ICO boom really took off, bitcoin dominance sat at a whopping 96%. ,bitcoin dominance Refers to the coin’s current share of the global crypto market.)

By the start of 2018, bitcoin dominance sat at an all-time low of 38%. As investors balked at the rush of scamcoins and shitcoins, people flocked back to bitcoin. The prevailing sentiment was that no other coin could compete with bitcoin’s tried and tested value proposition.

Bitcoin to the Moon?

There are also other projects that have taken the structure of bitcoin and built on it. One of the most famous that does not enable smart contracts is ZCASH (Zak, A payment cryptocurrency that takes the core principles of bitcoin but adds a layer of optional privacy. Despite innovations and thousands and thousands of “altcoins,” the health and value of bitcoin is still used as a metric for the broader cryptocurrency market. Altcoins often track their predecessors in value, and along with the USD, are the primary way to measure a cryptocurrency’s price.

BTC reached its ATH (or all-time high) in November 2021 at the end of that year’s bull run. Despite a 76% drop in just over a year, people are still bullied by bitcoin’s ability to replace fiat currency and reach new ATHs. In the fourteen years since its first mintage, it has spawned an active community of supporters that would make most popular sports teams blush. Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he believes ‘the world will eventually have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency. I personally believe it will be bitcoin.

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