Bitcoin Q&A: The mining process

Bitcoin Q&A: The mining process

Can you provide a brief overview of the mining process? Is there human intervention in mining or is it automated? What influenced the centralisation of mining and how will it decentralise again?

More on mining and consensus in ‘Mastering Bitcoin’ –

These questions are from the MOOC 9.2, 9.3, and 9.5 sessions, which took place on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 16th 2018 respectively. Andreas is a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia. The first course in their Master of Science in Digital Currency degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered for free as an open enrollment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles.

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Consensus Algorithms, Blockchain Technology, and Bitcoin –
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting Part 1: Transactions and Multisig –
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting Part 2: SegWit, Consensus, and Trustware –
What is Consensus: Rules without Rulers –
Forkology: A Study of Forks for Newbies –
Bitcoin: Where the Laws of Mathematics Prevail –
Software distribution security –
What is mining? –
Miners, pools, and consensus –
The rules of Bitcoin (part 1) –
The rules of Bitcoin (part 2) –
Rules versus rulers –
The value of proof-of-work –
Could a state-sponsored 51% attack work? –
Honest nodes and consensus –
Spam transactions and Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) –
Is Bitcoin a democracy? –
Decentralized power, leaderless governance –
Scaling, trust, and trade-offs –
What is the role of nodes? –
Why running a node is important –
Lightning, full nodes, and miners –
Running nodes and payment channels –
What happens during a fork? –
SegWit adoption –
Spam transactions and Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) –
Energy consumption –
Solar energy and mining in space –
Bitmain and ASICBoost allegations –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.





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  1. @aantonop – What would be the logical incentive for someone to start an LND node, Satoshi put his trust on humans doing good primarily for themselves, so how would this translate into Lightning growing and spreading if there is no monetary incentive?

  2. @ decentralization: true, BUT one (a few) miner(s) can (and will very probably) globalize their mining activities => decentralized mining facilities, but centralized decision making…

  3. best explination always…..smashed the like…..

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  5. but those few taht have a lot of percent of the hash power are the pools right? So when people see a pool doing something they dont agree with can choose to use another pool?

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