ETH or Ethereum is an open-source, decentralized blockchain platform and cryptocurrency. It was first proposed in 2013 by Vitalik Buterin and has since become one of the most popular cryptocurrencies on the market.
Ethereum’s native digital currency, Ether (abbreviated as ETH), powers the Ethereum network and enables users to send transactions across its blockchain network using smart contracts. Smart contracts are self-executing protocols that automatically execute a set of instructions when certain conditions are met. This means that developers can create applications on top of Ethereum’s platform without needing any third party intermediaries like banks or governments to validate their transactions.
The main purpose behind creating Ether was to facilitate payments for transaction fees and services within applications built upon the Ethereum platform – this makes it different from other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin which were created primarily with trading purposes in mind rather than being used as a payment method for everyday activities. Additionally, Ether serves as fuel for running programs on the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine). The EVM is a virtual machine designed specifically to run distributed code called “smart contracts” written in Solidity – an object oriented programming language developed specifically for use with Ethereums innovative technology stack.
In addition to serving as a medium of exchange between parties seeking transactional interaction with each other over its public ledger system – Ether also acts as “gas” or “fuel” powering all operations conducted via these smart contracts; meaning every operation you carry out will require some amount of gas/ether depending on how complex it is! Therefore having enough ether staked up before starting your interactions would be necessary if you intend not miss out on important events due processing timeouts caused by lack thereof .