A Quick Guide To The Next Internet

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The ideas published in Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper in 2008 are becoming the foundation for a whole new kind of Internet (read it, it’s short!). Expect “the blockchain” (of Bitcoin) to take center stage.

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On grammar, syntax and abbreviations;

I use a capital “B” when referring to the “Bitcoin network”, but the lower-case “b” when referring to a “bitcoin” (the currency).

I use “the blockchain” when referring to the blockchain of Bitcoin, but “blockchains” with a lower-case “b” when talking about the altcoin copies (or what some people call “the technology behind Bitcoin”). The expression itself originated from Satoshi’s code. In the original Core client there is a class called “block chain”.

BTC = “bitcoins” (the units of account).

XBT = the currency, mostly used when displaying an exchange rate.

IP = “Intellectual Property”

ID = “Identification”

Dapp = “Decentralized App”

DAO = Decentralized Autonomous Organisation


There are one million “bits” in a bitcoin, but only one thousand “millibits” (mbits). Each bit can also be divided into 100 “satoshis” (which currently is the smallest denomination in the Bitcoin network). There are 100 million satoshis in one bitcoin. More on units here.

Inflation (controlled supply);

There can never be more than 21 million bitcoins, and all of them will have been mined around the year 2140. In practice there will be less as some are lost or burned. Currently approx. 1800 bitcoins are “minted” (mined using energy) every 24 hours. That amount is halved approx. every four years (more on inflation here).

Ps – So what is Bitcoin? Check this video for a quick overview. But first, do you know what “money” is?

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