What does mining mean?

Started by blueangelhost, Apr 17, 2023, 07:39 AM

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Could you explain the concept of mining in simple terms?
I am familiar with cryptocurrencies but do not fully understand the process. As far as I am aware, mining involves solving complex mathematical problems, though the results may not have a tangible purpose.

Instead, it is akin to brute-force password selection. There are customers and performers involved, and the more blocks that are extracted, the harder it becomes. What is the purpose of this system? For instance, companies can issue stocks at any time and cost, while governments can print money.

While there are nuances and consequences to these actions, both have an owner and no time constraints. Similarly, cryptocurrency has an owner who created, supports and develops it. Why doesn't this owner simply release coins and receive payment without going through the mining process?


Cryptocurrencies are comparable to traditional currency wrappers, but with the added feature of mining, which ensures that no one can quickly amass vast sums of money.
 As capacities increase, so does the complexity of tasks, resulting in a stable release of crypto-money. Additionally, there is no central bank controlling cryptocurrencies, giving the organizer no leverage.

When comparing crypto-currency to traditional currency, crypto has a clear advantage. However, after universal distribution, exchanges were created, causing an interdependence between cryptocurrencies and traditional currency, resulting in additional price change levers.
Despite this, the value of cryptocurrencies should not be manipulated in this way, but it has become the reality we face.


The creation of new cryptocurrency coins during mining serves two main purposes: to distribute the coins initially and to reward miners in the absence of transaction commissions.

As more transactions occur, miners will receive income solely from commissions. Mining itself acts as a means of negotiation between system participants who lack trust. Proof of work is necessary to prevent transaction history tampering or double spending. Certain cryptocurrencies and consensus algorithms like proof of authority may have limited future relevance, but they could serve as temporary solutions for interbank settlements.

On the other hand, decentralized networks with many participants like Bitcoin have no owner, and any changes require agreement among various interested parties such as developers, miners, and exchanges.


Mining involves discovering new blocks on the blockchain with a pre-determined algorithm for issuing cryptocurrencies. Miners also use their power to validate transactions and prevent double spending. It is interesting to note that even if half of the miners disconnect from the Bitcoin network, their work will not slow down.

Cryptocurrencies were originally created to avoid control by central banks or the government, but now these entities are considering releasing their "regulated" cryptocurrency for public use. In the world of cryptocurrencies, tokens serve as analogues to stocks and can be created by anyone. Tokens can provide benefits such as discounts or access to goods.
Cryptocurrencies typically do not have owners, but are monitored by developers such as Satoshi Nakomoto in the case of Bitcoin. Any changes made to the code outside of Bitcoin Core project would result in a fork or a new cryptocurrency.