P2P Essentials: Beyond Blockchain Technologies and NFTs
In this course, you will get a full understanding of decentralization and the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) web. We will start explaining how blockchain technology works, and how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies gave arise to decentralized finance. We will delve into Non Fungible Tokens, and we will focus on specific actual examples to show you how the blockchain has been used to monetize art and even create a digital replicate of the Real Estate industry. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of specific distributed technologies and dig into different protocols beyond blockchains, such as Holochain, IPFS or Hypercore. You will learn to browse the decentralized web and publish your own content using these procotols and specific browsers. You will experience the Metaverse and its fascinating game-changing potential, learning about NFTs (non-fungible tokens). At the end of the course, you will be able to talk confidently about what is Ethereum, what is a Smart Contract, what is Web3, and how a d App works. You even will be able to create your own P2P website by using the Hypercore Protocol without the need for any initial technical knowledge, and to experience a decentralized virtual world through an avatar in Decentraland. We will navigate the implications of distributed ledgers and smart contracts for decision-making, exploring how blockchains and off-chain voting technologies can bring governance to digital communities. This will lead us to talk about Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). Before finishing the course, we will discuss the social implications of these technologies and their sustainability, distinguishing in which context they should be used. You will end up with a basic understanding of P2P Essentials, required building blocks to be part of a decentralized future.