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The Application of Thermodynamics with Bitcoin

by Nikola Kamchev about a month ago in bitcoin

How Thermodynamics Might Play a Role In Bitcoin's Development

The Application of Thermodynamics with Bitcoin
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The great futurist and scientist Buckminster Fuller wrote about the need for an energy-based currency, and it is almost since the dawn of Bitcoin that we will one day destroy the Earth. The Bitcoin system is secured by the Bitcoin Blockchain, a decentralized, open peer-to-peer network. Social physics is used to uncover the secrets of this collaborative network, a practice often used to launder stolen Bitcoins.

The result is a new block that contains all transactions mined to update the global Bitcoin state, thus returning the state to zero (as close to entropy as possible), so it is not mined. This block is confirmed by many people, which includes a block when people copy the blockchain and then add it. The power of dust is also shared by those who secure the blockchain and verify transactions, as well as those who are not mine.

In any case, Bitcoin will always have costs, but the costs guaranteed by the Bitcoin network's Proof of Work algorithm are as low as human activities. The argument is that economies of scale and cheap electricity will allow some corporations to permanently dominate the bitcoin mining process that anyone can support, as long as everyone can mine it, not just the "bitcoin type" that launched it.

The second law of thermodynamics is mandatory if you have a system in which no external energy is fed and where it is present to extract it. It is therefore a universal truth that the proof-of-work algorithm has zero cost - cost, not cost - for all human activities, whether mining, computing, or other human activities.

Without energy, the amount of energy consumed in mining Bitcoins will always be at least equal to the value of the bitcoins produced. This is not to say that Bitcoin will fail as an experiment or a store of value, but only that breaking through encryption is necessary to effectively develop this method, which is essentially done by those involved in Bitcoin mining. If ASICs are successfully removed from the network, a drop in hash rates will be the result without a failure in the laws of thermodynamics of Bitcoin. It is not impossible to place gas molecules in a way that they do not spread randomly, but it is enormous to make a network crawl and make difficult adjustments unpredictable during this time.

This work must have measurable energy costs, and this is the only money that serves a purpose from a universal perspective, since only "money" contributes to increased entropy due to heat losses from mining. The logistical costs of running Bitcoin increase with the size of its network, but that does not reduce the energy consumption of the Bitcoin network. Blockchain machine consensus helps buy time, which in turn increases the amount of energy available to extract bitcoin.

The same thermodynamic laws that govern the engine apply to all systems, including the detection of - functioning - blockchains. As the first law of thermodynamics clearly states, energy cannot be generated or destroyed. Energy is bound to the unshakeable laws of thermodynamics, which means that it can never be destroyed or simply transformed.

As far as we can tell, the second law of thermodynamics is correct: entropy decreases in closed systems in the universe, including the entire observable universe itself. Thus, it can be shown that Bitcoin is secured by binding the universe to the indisputable laws of thermodynamics, consuming energy to maintain its metabolism, transforming information, and organizing its system.

The Bitcoin network is secured by a process called proof-of-work, better known as mining. In cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the big idea is to validate all transactions, so that, for example, even the sight of the blockchain guarantees that no one will issue the same Bitcoin twice. PoW algorithm, which makes it less decentralized than a blockchain network where mining is done by fixed groups of validators.

At this point in the maturation of the Bitcoin life cycle, only zero economic incentive remains, and the gravity of Bitcoin rises to sustain the economic system, with only transaction fees subsidizing the hashrate at about 2140. This means that you have to lose time, life and energy, even if you gain money through stupid luck. Explaining his theory that money is energy, Millar argues that Bitcoin is a better alternative to the fiat currency from a purely scientific perspective.

The Bitcoin boom can be illustrated by Renner's statement: a single Bitcoin transaction is so powerful that it could power the average US household for a month. Bitcoin fans might be tempted to assume that energy for new coins has been completely converted into economic energy and therefore existing coins will not lose energy. A report last week by cryptocurrency website Digiconomics found that global bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than Serbia. Not only the exorbitant energy consumption, which produces enormous amounts of heat, but also the associated costs are crucial for the future of the cryptocurrency. The computing power of a Bitcoin mining machine is growing more than 1,000 times faster than that of the average household.

Nikola Kamchev
Nikola Kamchev
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Nikola Kamchev

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