__Ethereum__ is an open-source software, blockchain-based, distributed computing platform and operating system featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality. It supports a modified version of Nakamoto consensus via transaction-based state transitions - wikipedia
__Ether__ is a cryptocurrency whose blockchain is generated by the Ethereum platform. Ether can be transferred between accounts and used to compensate participant mining nodes for computations performed. Ethereum provides a decentralized virtual machine, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which can execute scripts using an international network of public nodes.
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST PLaM7G4Llrb7x5fCSNAQlNCJm0BpZblURj Vitalik Buterin provides a 25-minute technical overview of the ethereum blockchain, start to finish, and explain many of these concepts in detail.
The virtual machine's instruction set, in contrast to others like Bitcoin, is thought to be Turing completeness. "Gas", an internal transaction pricing mechanism, is used to mitigate spamming and allocate resources on the network.
Ethereum was proposed in late 2013 by Vitalik Buterin, a cryptocurrency researcher and programmer. Development was funded by an online crowdfunding that took place between July and August 2014. The system went live on 30 July 2015, with 72 million coins premined. This accounts for about 70 percent of the total circulating supply in 2018.
In 2016, as a result of the exploitation of a flaw in The DAO (organization) project's smart contract software, and subsequent theft of $50 million worth of Ether, Ethereum was split into two separate blockchains– the new separate version became Ethereum (ETH) with the theft reversed, and the original continued as Ethereum Classic (ETC).
The value of the Ethereum currency grew over 13,000 percent in 2017, to over $1400. By September 2018, it had fallen back to $200.
# Other definitions
Referred to as a secure decentralised generalised ledger see gavwood.com
(Part of) dev team at Ethereum Devcon Zero, Berlin 2014
Ethereum is a project aiming to decentralize the internet and return it to its democratic roots. It is a platform for building and running applications which do not need to rely on trust and cannot be controlled by any central authority - ethereum.org
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