Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology

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Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology promise many improvements to currency and many other areas of online interaction. In this course, Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology, you'll gain a tangible understanding of how Bitcoin and other decentrailized projects work. First, you'll learn how to use Bitcoin both as an end-user and developer, and where it can be applied. Next, you'll learn about the latest developments in Bitcoin, including multisignature HD wallets, payment channels, segregated witnesses, and about the blocksize debate. Finally, you'll get a broad survey of applications beyond Bitcoin, including Ethereum and Smart Contracts, prediction markets, decentralized storage, reduced volatility coins, IoT, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and identity. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a broad understanding of the technology behind Bitcoin, as well as where and how it can be used.

  • Course Overview
    • Course Overview
  • Big Ideas & Basic Use Demos
    • Bitcoin Introduction and Demonstration
    • Individual Account Security and Decentralization Motivation
    • Keeping the Bookkeepers Synchronized and Honest
    • Programmable Money Example and Big Ideas Summary
    • Where to Get Bitcoin
    • Wallets: How to Store, Send, and Receive Bitcoin
    • Bitcoin Mining
    • Accepting Bitcoin on a Website
  • How Bitcoin Works Under the Hood
    • The Bitcoin Software Universe
    • Installing Bitcore and Creating a Bitcoin Address
    • Digital Signatures and Bitcoin Addresses
    • Bitcoin Transactions
    • Creating and Sending a Transaction Using Bitcore
    • Reaching Consensus on the Ledger and Proving That Consensus
    • Cryptographic Hashes
    • Locking Transactions in Order with the Blockchain
    • Bitcoin Creation and the Double-spend Attack
    • Simplified Payment Verification (SPV) Wallets and Conclusion
  • Advanced & Upcoming Bitcoin
    • Improved Backups Through Deterministic Wallets
    • Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets
    • Multisignature Addresses for Shared Wallets, Backup, & Security
    • Multisignature Addresses for Escrow Services
    • Centralization Pressures
    • Upgrading Bitcoin Via Soft and Hard Forks
    • Segregated Witness Update
    • Payment Channels
    • Check Lock Time Verify & Replace by Fee
    • Payment Protocol, Privacy and CoinJoin
    • Conclusion and Future Outlook
  • Decentralized Applications Beyond Bitcoin
    • Building on Bitcoin with Metacoins, Colored Coins, & Sidechains
    • Proof-of-work Consensus Alternatives, Challenges
    • Proof-of-stake Consensus
    • Permissioned and Private Blockchains
    • Improving Performance with Tendermint, Ripple & BigChainDB
    • Better Privacy with Monero, Ring Signatures & Stealth Addresses
    • Zerocash and Zero Knowledge Proofs
    • Seeking Price Stability with Digix, Tether, BitUSD & MakerDao
    • Ethereum: A Decentralized Computer for Smart Contracts
    • Augur & Decentralized Prediction Markets
    • IoT & DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations)
    • Decentralized Storage with Storj & IPFS
    • Identify & Reputation with Identify & Onename
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atieh mokhtari
atieh mokhtari

This tutorial was a complete description about bitcoin and the technology behind it. it is really recommended to watch it if you want to go through bitcoin investing and getting familiar with the security behind blockchain technologies.

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