What is Ethereum?

The Ethereum project aims to do for human collaboration what the internet did for information. It is part of a world computer, where everyone can publish and access content, write and use applications, send value and make agreements. This is done through so-called smart contracts and decentralized applications (DApps) – open, tamper-proof, opt-in, self-executing applications, that run exactly as programmed and all share one common, append-only ‘truth’ – the Ethereum blockchain, while ensuring that there is no downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference.

This decentralized environment allows all people, programs, IoT devices, markets, registries and other things to collaborate without the need for explicit trust. That’s why people also call it the trust machine, it is not just an upgrade to our databases or internet, but rather a tool to re-architect social, financial and political systems. The vision is one, where people are no longer the product, producer and property of content platforms, but are instead the contributors, curators and communicators of value.

While that all just sounds a lot of awesome buzzwords, it is very actively developed by thousands of developers around the world and happening right now. Below you’ll find many links to tutorials, instruction guides and videos, which will help you to get started. Welcome to the future.


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Basics and overviews

Ethereum Website  – official site
Ethereum Explained  – illustrated beginner’s guide
Ethereum Article  – on Wikipedia
What is Ethereum?  – crowdsourced overview of Ethereum
Ethereum Under A Microscopehigh-level overview of Ethereum
Understanding Ethereum  – educational portal of district0x
Absolute Beginner Introduction to Ethereum  – beginners guide to the Ethereum ecosystem
Ethereum 101  – high level overview of all things Ethereum
How does Ethereum work, anyway?  – how it functions at a technical level, without complex math
Ethereum is game-changing technology, literally  – Ethereum enables powerful economic vehicles we don’t yet understand
Ethereum Governance  – overview of the different layers of governance that applies to Ethereum
Overview on Ethereum 2.0  – how Ethereum 2.0 will work in a simple easy-to-understand way even for non-very-tech people

Current state and roadmap

The Year in Ethereum  – a comprehensive look at the year 2019 in Ethereum
Ethereum by the Numbers  – the year of 2019
The State of the Ethereum Network: 2019  – a look at the Ethereum network and crypto community in 2019
A Short History of Ethereum  – an overview of the upgrades and hard forks of Ethereum’s past, with an eye towards what lies ahead
Why the Ethereum Ecosystem Is Stronger Than Ever  – sweeping overview of the state of blockchain
90+ Ethereum Apps You Can Use Right Now  – list of Ethereum DApps you can use right now
The 100+ Projects Pioneering Decentralized Finance  – list of the projects pioneering decentralized finance, broken down by category
Ethereum: The Digital Finance Stack  – Ethereum is a platform, built to support a financial super-structure
Decentralised Oracles: a comprehensive overview  – after bringing smart contracts to the world, the world must be brought to smart contracts
The Roadmap to Serenity  – briefly about what is Serenity (Ethereum 2.0), what are the plans for it, and when will it happen?
Ethereum 2.0’s Latest Strides Forward  – succinct current state of Ethereum 2.0 in prose
Ethereum roadmap  – well-arranged summary – Ethereum 1.x, 2.0, layer 2 scaling, privacy and planned upgrades
Ethereum Foundation spring 2019 update  – plan for the next year
Ethereum Will Handle Millions of Transactions Per Second Within Two Years  – crypto markets, interoperability and future
Ethereum Will Be the Backbone of the New Internet  – why will Ethereum become the fundamental base layer to built-on
An Overview of the State of the Blockchain Ecosystem  – why Ethereum will become the global settlement layer
The 7 Biggest Trends In Blockchain Right Now  – the cryptosphere is booming

Videos and podcasts

What is blockchain?  – simply explained
Blockchain Explained  – in this eight-part series the Co-founder of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin talks about key concepts in blockchain
Ethereum, the world computer  – how the internet will work in the future
Decentralizing Everything  – by Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum in 25 minutes  – by Vitalik Buterin
What is Ether and Ethereum  – learn about how Ether is created, how you can earn Ether, and the Ethereum network as decentralized network
Podcast ‘Current and future state of Ethereum’  – by Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum 2.0 & new Beacon Chain launch  – fundamental analysis
2019 in retrospectiveand the year ahead in Ethereum
Videos from Ethereum DevCon conferences, calls, meetings and other  – by Ethereum Foundation