How To Describe What The Ethereum Virtual Machine Is to a Baby Boomer

The best way to describe the Ethereum Virtual Machine (“EVM”) to a Baby Boomer is to compare the EVM to a mainframe computer. Many baby boomers remember a time when their university first received a mainframe computer and were required to pay for computing time. This analogy lends itself to the EVM in that users “pay” to run smart contracts on the EVM using ether, just as individuals in the past paid for computing time on their University’s mainframe computer.

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