What is the “Internet Computer”? 4 Days After Launch, ICP Hits #4 on CMC

What is the “Internet Computer”? 4 Days After Launch, ICP Hits #4 on CMC

Following its Friday launch, the “Internet Computer” (ICP) token has become the 4th-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com.

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How did this happen? The project’s token, named Internet Computer Price (ICP), has been launching on a number of high-profile cryptocurrency exchanges throughout the course of the last week, including OKEx, Huobi, Binance, Gate.io, Coinbase, and others.

The sudden appearance of the token in such a high place on CoinMarketCap’s official rankings has stunned a number of analysts within the blockchain community.

However, while the ICP token may have only recently launched, the project has actually been in the works for five years, developed by Zurich-based non-for-profit organization Dfinity. It has also attracted several impressive backers, including Andreessen-Horowitz and Polychain Capital.

According to CoinDesk, the project launched late last week with “multiple ecosystem companies,” including “Enso Finance (a decentralized exchange), Distrikt (a professional social network), Fleek (infrastructure for the decentralized web) and Origyn (a provenance platform for luxury goods), among several others.”

Some crypto community members are skeptical of the Internet Computer

The project’s aims are ambitious: Dominic Williams, the chief scientist at Dfinity, reportedly told CoinDesk that “We want people to abandon traditional IT and move all systems and services to smart contracts.”

However, the project is attracting some criticism from crypto community members. Twitter user @GreatGrandBear described the project as “centralized crap + some marketing.” Others have called the project an attempted “Ethereum killer.”

What is the Internet Computer? A brief technical overview

However, the project is pushing back. Dominic Williams said that the Internet Computer is “not an Ethereum killer.” Other proponents of the network have pointed out that the new blockchain could be used to protect Ethereum.

The Internet Computer has branded itself as “the last original Layer 1 blockchain project is launching a revolutionary public network that provides a limitless environment for smart contracts that run at web speed, serve web, scale, and reduce compute costs by a million times or more.”

According to the project’s website, the Internet Computer aims to “extend the functionality of the public Internet so that it can host backend software, transforming it into a global comput[ing] platform.” The project claims that developers can ditch centralized servers and commercial cloud services, and instead can use the Internet Computer to create websites, internet services, enterprise IT services, and more.

The Internet Computer’s “Chain Key Technology”

The project also boasts the creation and usage of Chain Key Technology, which is the method by which transactions are confirmed on the network. According to the project’s website, the technology “allows the Internet Computer to finalize transactions that update smart contract state in 1–2 seconds.”

Chain Key Technology also allows the internet computer to operate with a single public key, which “allows any device, including smart watches and mobile phones, to verify the authenticity of artifacts from the Internet Computer.” In other words, the blockchain reportedly has a more scalable method of verifying transactions and digital objects than other blockchains may have.

The project officially went open-source on May 10th, a move that the project says will allow developers “to build the code and verify that it derives to the same binary image that is referenced in upgrade proposals published via the Network Nervous System (NNS).”

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