What is Blockchain?

With the changing world around us, it is important to dedicate your time and effort to learning new technologies, which are not only trending but also promising a bright future. By doing this, they are providing great value in your career and your life.

A lot has changed this year. We have had epidemics around the world. We are all working from home, so why not make the most of your time at home. That is why today we are talking about the top  trending technology to be learned in 2021.

Blockchain

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Blockchain are incredibly popular nowadays. A blockchain is a chain of blocks that contains information. This technique was originally described in 1991 by a group of researches and was originally intended to timestamp digital documents so that it’s not possible to backdate them to tamper with them. However, it went by mostly unused until it was adapted by Satoshi Nakmoto in 2009 to create the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

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A blockchain is a distributed ledger that is completely open to anyone. They have interesting property: once some data has been recorded inside a blockchain, it becomes very difficult to change it. So how does it work? Well, let’s take a closer look at a block. Each block contains some data, hash of the block and the hash of the previous block. The data that is stored inside a block depends on the type of blockchain.  The bitcoin blockchain for example stores the details about a transaction in here, such as the sender, receiver and amount of coins.

A block also has a hash, you can compare a hash to a fingerprint. It identifies a block and all its contents and is always unique, just as fingerprint. Once a block is created, it’s hash is being calculated. Changing some thing inside the block will cause the hash to change.  So in other words: hashes are very useful when you want to detect changes to blocks. If the fingerprints of a block changes, it no longer is the same block.

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The third element inside each block is the hash of previous block. This effectively creates a chain of blocks and it’s this technique that makes a blockchain so secure. Let’s take an example, here we have a chain of 3 blocks, as you can see each block has hash and the hash of the previous block. So block no. 3 points block no. 2, and block no. 2 points to number 1. Now the first block is bit special, it cannot points to previous block because it’s the first one. We call this the genesis block. Now let’s say that you tamper with the second block. This causes the hash of the block to change as well. In turn that will make block 3 and the following blocks invalid because they no longer store a valid hash of the previous block. So changing a single block will make all following blocks invalid. But using hashes is not enough to prevent tampering.

Computer these days are very fast and can calculate hundreds of thousands of hashes per second. You can effectively tamper with a block and recalculate all the hashes of other blocks to make your blockchain valid again. So to mitigate this, blockchain have something called proof-of-work. It’s a mechanism that slows down the creation of new blocks. In bitcoins case: it takes about 10 minutes to calculate the required proof-of-work and add a new block to the chain. This mechanism makes it very hard to tamper with the blocks, because if you tamper with 1 block, you’ll need to recalculate the proof-of-work for all the following blocks. So, the security of blockchain comes from the creative use of hashing and the proof-of-work mechanism.

There is one more way that blockchains secure themselves and that’s by being distributed. Instead of using central entity to manage the chain, blockchains use peer-to-peer network and everyone is allowed to join. When someone joins this network, he gets the full copy of the blockchain. The node can use this to verify that everything is still in order. Now let’s see what happen when someone creates a new block, that new block is send to everyone on the network. Each node then verifies the block to make sure that it’s has been tampered with. If everything checks out, each node adds this block to their own blockchain. All the nodes in this network create consensus, they agree about what blocks are valid and which aren’t.

Blocks that are tampered with will be rejected by the others nodes in the network. So to successfully tamper with a blockchain you’ll need to tamper with all blocks on the chain, redo the proof-of-work for each block and take control of more than 50% of the peer-to-peer network. Only then will your tampered block become accepted by everyone else. This is almost impossible to do!

Blockchain is constantly evolving, one of the more recent developments is the creation of smarts contracts. These contracts are simple programs that are stored on the blockchain and can be used to automatically exchanged coins based on certain conditions. The creation of blockchain technology peaked a lot of people’s interest. Soon, others realized that the technology could be used for other things like storing medical records, creating a digital notary or even collecting taxes.

Conclusion

So Now you know what is blockchain is, how its works on basic level and what problems is solve.



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