is our future
ICP scales horizontally by transparently combining subnet blockchains into one unified blockchain. Subnets process blocks in parallel.
Smart contract memory
ICP smart contracts combine WebAssembly bytecode with persistent on-chain memory, with gigabytes available – supporting the creation of truly decentralized systems and services that are 100% on-chain
Today, Web3 really runs on Big Tech's cloud. Blockchains can host tokens, but only tiny amounts of data and compute, and no web.
Tomorrow, blockchains will host it all, and fully decentralize everything, from simple dApps, to billion-user social networks, the metaverse, streaming, games, orderbook exchanges, and enterprise systems.
It's already happening at scale on the first true World Computer: Internet Computer #ICP
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Internet Computer basicsInternet Computer capabilitiesWiki history of the Internet Computer
Proof of Useful Work
The Internet Computer is not a Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain created by "validator nodes" running on Big Tech's cloud. It is formed by a sovereign network of standardized "node machine" hardware operated by independent parties. To participate, nodes must produce the same number of blocks as others in their cohort, without deviation. In a scheme of Proof-of-Useful-Work (PoUW), replicated smart contract computation is their work, driving optimal efficiency. Nodes form into subnet blockchains, and then into a unified limitless blockchain, using game-changing Chain Key Crypto.
Traditional blockchains evolve and adapt through a painful and cumbersome process. A protocol "hard fork" is developed, and a central group of insiders, working at a foundation, or a corporation, then coordinates those running nodes, or validators, in upgrading their network software. The Internet Computer network, by contrast, runs under the control of an advanced DAO, called the Network Nervous System (or NNS), which acts as the brain of the blockchain, and completely automates and decentralizes processes such as protocol upgrades — removing the need for backroom machinations by insiders, and powering fast and seamless evolution.
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Decentralized alternative to Minecraft with NFT worlds
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DAO crypto evolved
Community DAOs that can own
and manage a social network
can now democratize tech
Corporation → algo democracy
Blockchain operation that's climate friendly
Thanks to the unique architecture and novel cryptography of the Internet Computer blockchain, it can host smart contract software, data, and computation, with levels of efficiency competitive with traditional software that runs on Big Tech's cloud services. Meanwhile, it is currently tens of thousands of times more efficient than the next most efficient blockchain. Web3 projects that incorporate Internet Computer smart contracts can consequently dramatically lower their carbon footprint, and help reduce climate change.
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Start a DAO, create a token, build dapps and host assets with the full tech stack entirely on chain.BUILD REAL WEB3
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Get to know the concepts, architecture and technical breakthroughs that enable the ICP. Plus step-by-step guides on how to stake your tokens, and more.
From a simple DEX, to on-chain encrypted storage, NFT minting, and a basic DAO, learn how to build on the Internet Computer.
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