In the eight years since the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto released bitcoin into the world, a number of other cryptocurrencies have come and gone. Today, Bitcoin and Ethereum are the two largest cryptocurrencies in the world by a large margin. Many programmers, investors, companies and lay people are convinced that these blockchain-based currencies have the potential to change the world in myriad different ways.
This primer features just some of Motherboard's coverage of bitcoin and ethereum over the last few years to help you get up to speed on the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies. Although Motherboard has also covered other altcoins like Monero, Zcash, Auroracoin and Dogecoin, this primer is focused on articles related to Bitcoin and Ethereum. Additionally, we've written on these topics too many times to count, so we're just serving you up the hits.