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Is Ethereum a Computer?

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of fraud or third party interference.

Ethereum is not just a platform but also a programming language (Turing complete) running on a blockchain that helps developers to build and publish distributed applications. The applications on Ethereum are running on their own platform-specific cryptographic token, ether.

NOTE: WARNING: Ethereum is not a computer. It is a blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality. Ethereum does not have the same hardware and software components of a traditional computer, so it is not capable of performing the same tasks or operations that a physical computer can.

Ether is like a vehicle for moving around on the Ethereum platform and is sought by mostly developers looking to develop and run applications inside Ethereum.

So, is Ethereum a computer In a way, yes. The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is like a computer that can execute code and store data. The EVM makes it possible to execute smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.

However, the EVM is just one part of the Ethereum platform. There is also the Ethereum blockchain which helps to secure transactions and prevent fraud.

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