Mining is a process which involves some computational intensive work which requires a lot of processing time and power. Basically, mining is the act of joining a given peer distributed digital currency network in consensus. Then miners get rewards for providing solutions to challenging mathematical problems. The process of mining is to put the hardware of computer system to use with mining applications.
All related info on digital currency transactions surely embedded in data blocks. Each data block attached internally to many other blocks. This produces the “Blockchain”. All these blocks had better be analyzed as fast as possible to make sure a smooth proceeding of transactions on the platform. The miners come in when the issuers of such digital currencies do not have the capabilities to handle the processing.
Who is a Miner and What is The Purpose of Ethereum Mining?
A miner is an investor which devotes time, computer hardware and space, and also energy to sorting through blocks. At the time when the mining process hit the required harsh, miners will submit the solutions of the mathematical problems to the issuers. After the verification, the issuers of the currency give rewards which are some portions of transactions they helped in verifying. They also give the digital currency in exchange for the miner’s work. Digital mining must take place to upsurge the circulation of digital currency.
What Are The Basics of Ethereum Mining:
The same thing used for Ethereum. The best way to practice Ethereum is to get it through mining. However, mining Ethereum means much more than increasing the capacity of Ether in circulation. Since, it is also important for securing Ethereum network as it produces, confirms, publishes, and propagate the blocks in the Blockchain.
The process of Ethereum mining is to mine Ether. Mining Ethers uses a lot of electricity. If miners perform mining activities professionally, the more income they can generate through the sale of Ether. There are also Ethereum calculators available which calculate profits.
You can use any personal computer systems to mine Ethereum, required a graphics card(GPU) with a Ram at least of 2 Gb. Central Processing Unit (CPU)mining is just an exercise in frustration. It takes a longer period of time to complete, and the profits are just thanks to the cost. When it comes to mine Ether the GPUs are the best bet as they are standing 200 times faster than CPUs.
Bithumb, which is the largest cryptocurrency exchange of South Korea has joined with BitPay. On 13th March, it was announced by an executive, that the main purpose of this partnership is to compete in the global remittance market. As the major South Korea Exchange Bithumb merges with BitPay, there’s no doubt that it’s going to impact the crypto-market.
Chief commercial officer of BitPay, Sonny Singh noted while talking to CNBC, that now the businesses will have the ability to change invoices to Bitcoin and utilize BitPay for settling them more economically and faster than the ordinary bank-based remittance networks.
What does Sonny Singh have to say about this partnership?
Sonny Singh told the network;
“Cross-border payments between Korea and the West will be a $200 bln industry this year”
Singh continued by saying;
“Right now, people are doing cross-border payments […] and paying bank wires, FX fees around 4% and it takes about four days. Using Bithumb and BitPay, we’re able to make this a 1% fee in one business day”
A chain of regulations on crypto-markets has been introduced by South Korea, since December 2017, for banning unidentified trading, foreign use of local exchanges, local ICOs, and in addition to that, banning all the government officials from trading and holding cryptocurrencies. Even with such massive trading volumes, South Korea is still an ambiguous market for cryptocurrency users and businesses.
Singh also confirmed that BitPay is on its way to process $4 billion worth of payments this year and is disconcerted by the potential for regulatory disruption.
“We welcome regulation.”
Later, he continued by saying;
“So, I think all the Korean exchanges like Bithumb — they welcome regulations too. We make sure they do proper AML/KYC checks.”
At the beginning of this month, it was announced by the South Korean bank, named “Woori Bank,” that its aim is to start commercialized cross-border payments by using Ripple. According to a report, Bithumb still continues to grow consumer-awareness of cryptocurrency within the country, South Korea, by familiarizing payment terminals to restaurants as well.
By creating its own entity and reputation blockchain finally enter to the typical awareness in 2017. No doubt, blockchain has the capacity to change industrial operating models. Whereas, the distributed ledger industry grew up throughout the year. However, most of the companies are still stuck in survey phase. In addition, are unable to bring fascination into the reality because they are charmed by its beauty.
The primary application is still in banking. 15% of the banks have the plan to put blockchain into the commercial production by 2017. Whereas, 91% of banks are investing in blockchain technology. The world economic forum estimates that 80% of banks are actively working on blockchain technology.
Technology is evolving, $1.4bn invested in blockchain technology startups across different sectors. Whereas, it is not only financing that blockchain is set to disrupt.
Investor look more use cases
Funding to blockchain increases day by day. According to the latest report of KMPG and GB, plus of fintech Q3 ‘16’ investment of this technology fell to $87 million in the third quarter of 2016. $119 in the second quarter and $153 in the first quarter. This is expected thatThe fall specifies that investors are beginning to grow anxious that exploration is not translating into action. In addition, excitement remains the same, this is what the report said.
The report says, ‘To-date, however, the ability to move blockchain from proof-of-concept to adoption and production has been minimal. While the market is still giving blockchain companies plenty of room to prove themselves. Investors are also becoming more concerned about results’. In addition, ‘Over the next year, investors will make more rational assessments of where the main use cases associated with fintech are and how long it will be before they are implementable.’
Growth in Asia
In North, Asia blockchain has received more attentions as compare to other. Where a number of the financial institutions are investing in blockchain related projects. In China, with record breaking of fintech investment, increases for each of the past four quarters. And, there is still a room for growth in Asia in 2017. Accordingly, KPMG China’s fintech investor and innovation partner say that investor is still interested in investment. Not only in massive rounds CV investors are investing in small blockchain technology companies in Asia. Few of them companies are at the second or third round of funding. These small projects are starting to lead the large investment. A Chinese investor has made an investment of $1.7 million for Taiwanese startup Bitmark. A trend may continue in next year.
Companies like Uber and Airbnb provide the services by linking consumers with their needs. They are still playing the role of the middle person. Accordingly, they still take a cut. Whereas, blockchain is entirely different from all this. It has the ability to remove the middle person from needs and its satisfactions. Which clearly means that someone needs take their full dues.
For example, arcade city is the new ride-sharing app that connects the customers with drivers by using Ethereum blockchain. Christopher David, Arcade city’s driver, a former Uber driver says that ‘The Achilles’ heel of Uber and Lyft is their centralized management of pricing. By decentralizing that decision to the level of the driver and rider, Arcade City frees the driver to be an entrepreneur and empowers the rider with control over their entire experience. Both drivers and riders are loving it so far’. May of this year, Arcade city become first in blockchain startup at GTEC awards.
In the same way, blockchain allows an artist to upload, sell or market their work without any middle authority. Edith Suarez of CNN discuss about the blockchain transparency, which other platforms failed to provide, ‘Music is placed in the decentralized server, then each song is embedded with a piece of code (meta information) […] [When people download] a track with a cryptocurrency, a payment is automatically sent to anyone involved, be it the writer, the producer, the singer, as well as many others.’’
Now, government and establishment fail to maintain their trust in the public. In that scenario, public related information should be held in transparent easily available manner. Where anyone will have the ability to verify the ledger and also have the copies of that data.
Most of the countries in the world want to move their currencies to blockchain trend. And, they are also exploring the other areas of the government. A prominent example of this year is, Governor Jack Markell, announce two blockchain initiatives. Whereas, Estonia use the blockchain technology to enhance an e-residency program. In addition, anyone from anywhere in the world can apply to become e-resident of Estonia.
Environment takes shape
In 2016 Japan’s legislatures pass a bill to regulate bitcoin in a country. Furthermore, with the adoption and popularity of bitcoin, they have a plan to focus on security and other risk issues. While regulators are trying to provide a transparent system. Not only Japan is starting working on digital world but US, South Korea and many more countries trying to provide a transparent system to the public.
Education and collaboration
Education is the biggest challenge while blockchain is still new in market trends. There are security issues, companies must not put off or panic if proof of concept does not reveal themselves immediately. They are going to improve their work and understandings with other companies. Early adopters of any technology get benefits. That is why organizations need to know how they can use blockchain technology as soon as possible.
To begin with, Bitcoin has been the talk of every news channel, tabloid, website, etc. for a long while now. It’s increasing popularity might’ve caused a little problem for the network. Bitcoin is in a messy situation right now and something needs to be done. Fortunately, two possible solutions have been proposed as well, but only one can exist.
What’s The Issue?
In simple words, Bitcoin is unable to withstand the number of transactions taking place on the network.
The technical explanation is that the 1MB block size limit which is programmed into the system has become a problem and is causing delays in the processing of transactions. Basically, a purchase can take from a few minutes to hours to confirm.
Two techniques were proposed, which result in two different solutions: Bitcoin Unlimited, and Segregated Witness. They’re both proposed software updates to the Bitcoin network with the aim to completely change the way Bitcoin functions.
Obviously, the two can’t coexist, that would “fork” the Bitcoin network – splitting it into two different digital currencies.
A fork is known as a software update. Basically, updating a program from an old version to a new one.
It is a compulsory software update that is required in order for the program to function. It can be implemented to fix bug errors or any security issues present in the older version of the software. Also, a hard fork is irreversible.
The “hard fork” will split the blockchain, leading to the introduction of a new chain of transactions branching from the original one.
Starting off with Bitcoin Unlimited, this proposal is favored majorly by Bitcoin miners. To understand this, you must know the concept of Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin miners use specified powerful computers to solve complex mathematical algorithms in order to verify a transaction and be rewarded with newly issued bitcoins.
We are aware that there is a built-in block size limit of 1MB in the Bitcoin network, however, BU gives miners the permission to vote on increasing the block size whenever they want. This gives them control of the Bitcoin network, due to which they’re favored by miners.
On the other hand, SegWit is being voted by many Bitcoin enthusiasts and developers. Their aim is to optimize the Bitcoin coding in a way that allows them to decrease the transaction size and increase the transaction volume, all while sticking to the 1MB block limit. They suggest the use of a soft fork.
A soft fork is a software update that lets the network to adapt to the new functionalities and features implemented. The update doesn’t interfere with the existing software and the older version will still be usable.
Who Will Be The Winner?
Aha! Too bad we can’t answer this question because half the community goes for SegWit and the other half for BU. There’s not really much we can do, just voice out our opinion and educate others with whatever we learn and maybe help them come up with opinions of their own.
We’ll just have to patiently wait and watch how this turns out.
I’d like to point out that I have a very limited technical knowledge and only know my way around a few technical terminologies. This post is a compilation of weeks of research that I’ve put together myself. So, if you do find any errors, do let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to check back on them.
Since the introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been on an incredible rise. The value is always going up, and so is the speculation about BTC’s future.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin had already gone past the $2500 mark – and the trend is still expected to continue. Incredible! Isn’t it?
Considering bitcoin’s popularity, it is clear as rain that this currency is surely going to play a huge role in the B2B (Business to Business) community in future. However, the question is; what role will it play and how will bitcoin affect the B2B community worldwide?
Anyone with the slightest of the knowledge of business community would know that the volume of B2B transactions is way too higher than the volume of P2P (Person to Person) transactions.
Moreover, bitcoin in business has all the potential and tech to replace traditional payment systems – wire transfer being the most common one. In terms of speed, wire transfer is quite slow. The transfer between two countries may take up to a week; which, in business terms, is a waste.
Another traditional payment method used in the business community is ACH (Automated Clearing House). The method is cheaper but slower than the wire transfer, so it needs replacing too.
On the other hand, the client, as well as the merchant prefer instant Bitcoin payments and is a perfect fit for it. The crypto can be used to send/receive payments within a short period of time which may range from one to a couple of hours.
After reading all that, one might wonder: “if Bitcoin is instant and convenient, what’s stopping it from breaking into the Bitcoin B2B community?” It’s the acceptability and lack of usage. Bitcoin payments can only work if both parties are willing to use it – and considering the risks associated with this currency, not many are ready to accept bitcoin as a payment method.
However, if the business community decides to go with bitcoin, here are some benefits that they can enjoy:
Compared to conventional payment methods, Bitcoin is super-fast. The ability to complete international transactions within a few seconds/minutes can solve the speed issues.
Low transaction cost is another advantage of Bitcoin. Where other methods cost up to 10-40 USD, transactions through Bitcoin only cost a few cents.
The majority of the adult population relies on services like Money Gram or the Western Union for money transfer. Services like these follow a set of rules and restrictions imposed by the government; which greatly affects one’s ability to do business.
However, Bitcoin can solve the issue as it is regulated by a third party to impose restrictions on users. It ultimately provides users with more freedom and makes the transfer process simple. Anyone with a regular PC and access to the internet connection can transfer the coins to whichever part of the world they want.
These are some of the pros that Bitcoin brings with it for the business community. However, all is not that simple. Bitcoin adoption in B2B community can also bring about some harms with it – security and price volatility being the most common ones in Bitcoin community.
One of the biggest issues with Bitcoin is that the security is the responsibility of the individual making payments. For example, if someone is sending a certain number of bitcoins to someone else, the first thing they will need to make sure is to send it to the right address. A slight mistake and the coins are gone forever.
Another issue is that your computer at which bitcoins are stored must not have any spyware and other suspicious programs installed on it. It compromises the security of the bitcoins.
Although Bitcoin is the most popular form of cryptocurrency and allows instant transfers, there some issues with it – stopping it from a wider adoption. Once these issues are dealt with, there is no doubt that bitcoin will rule the business world.