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  • What is Bitcoin mining?

  • Bitcoin operates as a peer to peer network.

  • This means that everyone who uses Bitcoin is a tiny fraction of the bank of Bitcoin.

  • But where do Bitcoins come from?

  • With paper money a government decides when to print and distribute money.

  • Bitcoin doesn't have a central government.

  • With Bitcoin, miners use special software to solve math problems.

  • And are issued a certain number a bitcoins in exchange.

  • This provides a smart way to issue the currency.

  • And also creates an incentive for more people to mine.

  • Since miners are required to approve Bitcoin transactions more miners means a more secure network.

  • The Bitcoin network automatically changes the difficulty of the math problems depending on how fast they are being solved.

  • In the early days, Bitcoin miners solved these math problems with the processors and their computers.

  • Soon miners discovered that graphics cards used for gaming were much better suited to this kind of working.

  • Graphics cards are faster, they use more electricity and generate a lot of heat.

  • The first commercial Bitcoin mining products included chips that were reprogrammed for mining Bitcoin.

  • These chips were faster but still power-hungry.

  • ASIC, or application specific integrated circuit, chips are designed specifically for Bitcoin mining.

  • ASIC technology has made Bitcoin mining even faster while using less power.

  • As the popularity of Bitcoin increases, more miners join the network making it more difficult for individuals to solve the math problems.

  • To overcome this, miners have developed a way to work together in pools.

  • Pools of miners find solutions faster than their individual members

  • and each miner is rewarded proportionate to the amount of work he or she provides.

  • Mining is an important and integral part of Bitcoin that ensures fairness while keeping the Bitcoin network stable, safe and secure.

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What is Bitcoin mining?

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