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Introduction to Tezos

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If you keep up with the cryptocurrency space, you’ll notice that the world of numerous blockchains is plagued by an ongoing problem involving governance and hard forks or blockchain splits. Tezos, which aims to remedy this issue, is one of the most exciting smart contract protocols that has ever been created.

Its primary objective is to develop an Ethereum-like smart contract platform. This is one that can be evaluated by third parties, including on-chain governance mechanisms, or improved and changed over time without requiring a hard fork. In the thirteen years that Bitcoin has been around, there have been a total of about 44 hard forks.

History

In 2014, Arthur Breitman, like Satoshi Nakamoto, published the Tezos whitepaper under the alias “L.M. Goodman.” Following that, he founded Dynamic Ledger Solutions and transferred intellectual property ownership of the Tezos source code to his company. 

Together with his wife, Kathleen Breitman, he made an effort to solicit financial support in order to bring Tezos one step closer to reality. However, after failing to attract private investors, they opted to launch an ICO instead. 

Around July 2017, the ICO was one of the largest at the time, as it raised a whopping $232 million.

The Crypto Valley ecosystem’s founder, John Gevers, was also named president of the newly formed Tezos Foundation. Unfortunately, Gevers resigned from the Foundation after a fallout with Breitman that led to SEC class-action lawsuits. Despite the cold controversy between the two, the blockchain platform came out victorious with over 75 projects on the platform. 

How it works

A proof-of-stake algorithm powers the peer-to-peer platform. This is a situation where several nodes agree on the current state of the blockchain. Tezos’ PoS method is unique in that it allows everyone to participate, unlike many other PoS processes.

Individuals involved in the process of deciding on Tezos’ future are recognized for their efforts and also rewarded. In other words, it’s a no-brainer. This is because, with its Proof-of-Stake (PoS) system being more open and less expensive, there are fewer obstacles to entry.

Tezos perceives the proof of work system used by Ethereum as prohibitively expensive and overly centralized, therefore it delegates the proof of stake mechanism to tackle this problem. 

It also employs the OCaml language for all transactions which has a greater capacity for expression compared to others such as Solidity which Ethereum uses.

What makes Tezos unique?  

It stands out from other blockchain ecosystems for a variety of reasons. We’ll go over a few of them here:

  • Proof-of-Stake consensus (PoS)  

In contrast to Ethereum’s smart contracts requiring proof of work, the Tezos ecosystem uses a Proof-of-Stake consensus which allows participants to transact without any restriction. This means that all validators can participate according to their stake on a continuous basis, and the blockchain can work as intended. 

  • Innovative character

Tezos is flexible and receptive to new ideas and technology. It promotes participation and seeks to improve its blockchain through numerous collaborations.

Tezos is one of the most popular smart contracts blockchains currently. In addition, it actively and freely allows anyone to participate with a common goal: the development and innovation of the blockchain.

  • DApps development  

Developing scalable and resilient Dapps is a priority for the Tezos team. This is because Dapps are a very significant factor as they are built around user profiles and needs.

  • On-Chain Governance and flexibility 

Tezos’ self-amending architecture is its most valuable feature. Because of this, any alterations in the future are simple, ensuring that issues that may arise as a result of using this service can be quickly and simply resolved.

Tezos, as opposed to other blockchains, uses on-chain governance rather than fork-based governance. Compared to Ethereum and Bitcoin, it is unquestionably more adaptable and less expensive.

Tezos Coins: XTZ

The coin known as Tezos The XTZ is sometimes referred to as tezzies.

It is used for trading/staking and governance on the Tezos platform. At the time of writing, the current market price for Tezos is $1.69 USD, with a 24-hour trading volume of $111,786,528 USD.

Tezos is currently occupying the position of the 35th largest digital currency by market capitalization as profiled on CoinMarketCap. In addition, there are currently 904,122,609 XTZ coins in circulation, a number that is constantly changing. 

Is Mining possible on Tezos?

The term “baking” is used to describe the mining process on Tezos. It takes participants one to two minutes to mine a block; the second time, it takes three minutes, and so on.

It is also possible for participants to place security deposits if they believe they have an opportunity to mine a high-priority block on Tezos.

This means that if you put down a security deposit, you’ll gain an advantage when mining for high-priority stakes. Security deposits are returned to the participant’s wallet in the case that mining does not occur, notwithstanding the payment.

Unlike the Ethereum and Bitcoin systems, the Tezos (XTZ) platform has, from the very first day of its development, enabled mining with the authorized proof of stake system rather than Proof of work (mining with the energy consumption of devices).

This is in contrast to the PoW system that is used by Bitcoin and Ethereum which results in a significant increase in the amount of electricity used.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency is not an easy target to break into. There must be tenacity and perseverance.

Tezos has had its fair share of difficulties so far. Although the project’s title; the last coin standing, is still a long way off, the crew is making tremendous progress toward completing it. 

There is no doubt that Tezos faces competition from Ethereum and other well-established cryptocurrencies. Still, they are constantly striving to make the blockchain stand out in the crowd in light of the competition.

As of now, the biggest problem is getting developers and consumers to adopt it in the same way that stakers have done. If it succeeds in overcoming this obstacle, it will likely hold a prominent position in the future blockchain ecosystem. 

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