Blockchain explained in Laymen's terms

in technology •  10 months ago

Many people are asking exactly a Blockchain is and how it works. Let me explain this as part of my technical to laymen's terms series.


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What is a Blockchain?

A blockchain is a new technology set which was first introduced as the unpinning technology for Bitcoin. It is actually nothing else than a distributed database or ledger.

Let's first explain what Centralised mean.

If we look at a bank or any other company for that matter, have what we call a central database. If you go to a store to purchase an item, the back end system for the shop or bank always write to the same database. This database is in a central place and all the shops connects to this database, either through the internet or a specific connection which links them to this database. This was important in the old days, as it is was very difficult to sync the various databases in the various shops before the centralised concept came in.


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How does the Bitcoin blockchain work?

A lot of digital transactions around the world and all these transactions is then grouped or blocked together. These transactions are then cryptographically encoded in a protected block for the last 10 minutes worth of transactions. Should you want to understand more about the terms, referred to, please read my post about Crypto and Blockchain words explained in laymen's terms. The last block are then send to everybody who is participating in the network. The participants re called miners. They are then in a race to solve a cryptographic puzzle, and the first miner to solve the puzzle, get a reward called the block reward. In order to ensure that the miner did actually solve the puzzle correctly, all the other miners then checks if answer was correct. As soon as more than a specified percentage confirm that it is correct, a new signed block is formed, time-stamped and added to the chain* in a chronological order.

The process then starts again and is repeated over and over.

I hope this explanation answered somebody's questions. Please feel free to ask should you have a specific technical question which you would like explained in laymen's terms.

Some of my other in Laymen's Terms Post.

ICO's or token sales in Laymen's terms
Crypto Wallets in Laymen's terms
Smart Contracts in Laymen's terms
Artificial Intelligence in Laymen's terms
Blockchain and Digital Signatures - In Laymen's Terms
Trustless - What does it mean in laymen's terms?
Cyber Attacks explained in laymen's terms
Machine Learning - In laymen's terms
Internet of things and what it is in laymen's terms
Big data - What is it really about - In laymen’s terms
Some Technical Words explained in laymen's terms

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Thank you for this post! The cleanest explanation I've seen yet on the subject. Now I know.

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Thank you very much. This is a great compliment :)

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Great explanation overall but WHO create the cryptographic puzzle to solve?

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Blockchain is a technology that hold a collection of data and make this data available in public anytime. Furthermore, this data can't be altered. My simple explaination.

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Thanks for a great comment :) You pointed out an important point that I should've added to my explanation. The data in a blockchain cannot be altered

Nice job, I used a different approach to simplify it further, what do you think? Does it warrant a part 2?

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Thanks for the comment. I will read your article in a bit :)

Wow, In my travels over the web, never have I seen a complex technical subject broken down this succinctly. I will explore other articles of yours. Thanks for simplifying this. Now I can explain to my grand-ma the whole concept of blockchain.

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Excellent explanation!
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Excellent breakdown! well done.

simple and comprehensive. Weldon.
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I had not idea, but now i know. Thanks for a great post.
"A blockchain is a new technology set which was first introduced as the unpinning technology for Bitcoin. It is actually nothing else than a distributed database or ledger."

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Thanks a lot

So is Steem distributed or rather decentralized in your opinion?

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This is a great question. I might be wrong but in my opinion Steem is distributed due to the fact that it has witnesses supporting and maintaining the blockchain. Before I go further I want to ask around a bit just to confirm my thoughts. What is your opinion?

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I do think it is decentralized. The nodes are represented by the winesses who are actually mining the blockchain. I could elaborate more, but I saw a Steemwhale who is still active but does not post anymore writing an article about Steemit being quasi-decentralized. He also provided some nice images in his posts, hehe

https://steemit.com/steem/@steemed/steem-png-01-consensus

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The link for smart contract looks wrong, it links to wallet :)

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Not sure what you mean.

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the link in the bottom of the post that say 'Smart Contracts in Laymen's terms' actually links to 'Crypto Wallets in Laymen's terms' :)

What would you guys say is the best cryptocurrency to invest in, would bitcoin still be a viable option, long and short term?

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Great thanks. I am always pleased when somebody finds value in my posts. Good luck on Steemit :)

Great explanation, and IMO a very needed post . I think a lot of people go to great lengths to explain how their cryptocurrency works, but in contrast there is relatively little explanation of what a blockchain is.

Good post for beginners in blockchain/cryptocurrency field.

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These transactions are then cryptographically encoded in a protected block for the last 10 minutes worth of transactions.

That's not correct, and it's a bit misleading.

The last block are then send to everybody who is participating in the network. The participants re called miners.

Blocks are broadcast to all nodes, not just miners.

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Hmmm, that's good to know @pfunk, was wondering why you marked this. I guess I need to be more careful about what I read and believe here. Still a noob when it comes to actual crypto currencies :(

Nice posting