Have you wondered how blockchain can help you create applications that offer greater transparency, traceability, efficiency, and resilience while lowering your costs? This course, second in a series of eleven, introduces you to the history and uses of Ethereum. Instructor Michael Solomon begins with the history and origins of Ethereum, a decentralized, open source blockchain that supports smart contract functionality. Then he goes into the ways Ethereum is used across several industries, including financial services, digital identity management, government, and more. Michael explains the smart contracts that are the heart of what Ethereum does and discusses Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency. He goes over all the parts of the Ethereum ecosystem, including the blockchain itself, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), wallets, cryptocurrency exchanges, and more. Michael concludes with an explanation of how blockchain apps differ from standard apps.