We intend for this to be the first iteration in a series of many such papers designed to keep the debate honest and — to the highest degree possible — flying on facts. In case you are pressed for time, here are 6 key takeaways: In the Bitcoin protocol, flying entity requesting write privileges adding pages to the distributed database ledger has to prove an expenditure of energy work. They need to prove that it cost them something to contribute to the network; a contribution for which they are subsequently rewarded with bitcoins.
No risk expenditureno reward bitcoin. The reward being paid in bitcoin ensures the incentives are aligned between maintaining truthfulness security of the network and mining writing to the network; because acting in bad faith for the network results in diminishing the value of the bitcoin reward financial loss for the actor.
The larger the on-going energy expenditure and prior CAPEX expenditure, the larger the required investment to attack. We would also like to note that this is simply a criticism of previous methodologies. If the previous estimate had indeed been correct, it would suggest an even higher level of security than what is currently achieved. The reason is simple, coal is too expensive. Bitcoin mining is extremely competitive and the cheapest available electricity is most often found at stranded or seasonally overproducing renewable generation sites.
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