Bitcoin Q&A: Honest nodes and consensus

Bitcoin Q&A: Honest nodes and consensus

How are hashes and transactions determined to be “valid” in Bitcoin? How are nodes determined to be “honest”? How much of this process is automated? Consensus is an agreement on what “valid” is.

These questions are from the MOOC sessions 7.2, 8.2, and 9.2 covering the Byzantine Generals’ Problem, which took place on February 26th 2017, September 15th 2017, and February 23rd 2018 respectively. Andreas is a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia. The first course in their Master of Science in Digital Currency degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered for free as an open enrollment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles.

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