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Bitcoin and its blockchain technology promise to make sending money–and interacting in general–cheaper, easier, more secure, and programmable. In this course, you’ll learn about Bitcoin and a broad range of other decentralized projects.
Hi! My name is Scott Driscoll, and welcome to my course, An Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology. I’m a software developer and Bitcoin enthusiast. I became utterly fascinated with Bitcoin several years ago about just what is it and how does it work? I began sharing that knowledge on YouTube to an overwhelming reception with well over a million views so far, and I’m excited to expand on those initial introductions with a full in-depth course here at Pluralsight. At its current price, there are now almost $9 billion worth of Bitcoin in existence. But beyond that large valuation, many people are even more excited about the underlying blockchain technology and ways it can be applied to storage, supply chains, identity, computing, and even governments. Some of the major topics we’ll cover include the big ideas behind Bitcoin that make it special, hands-on demonstrations of sending Bitcoin, securely storing it, accepting it on a website, and some basic coding examples, a deep dive into how Bitcoin works including some of the newest features like payment channels, and, finally, a survey beyond Bitcoin including other digital currencies and non-currency topics like the Ethereum decentralized computer, IPFS, or interplanetary file system, and prediction markets. While I do get somewhat technical, my main goal here is to explain the ideas, not, for example, the precise formatting of a transaction. I hope both developers and business and financial professionals will find the course beneficial obtaining a precise understanding of how and why this technology works and where it can be applied. I hope you’ll join me on this journey to see where decentralized and trustless technology and can take us.