Proof of Human Work

CaptchaCoin is secured through proof of human-work. The Captchas are designed to be impossible for machines to solve, but very simple for humans: users simply identify the image displaying 3 letters which have been distorted, then input these characters.

Correctly solving a Captcha directly secures the network by contributing to block validation. In order to control the network it will be necessary to have a majority of man-hours, which is impossible in a highly distributed network.

Many cryptocurrencies today use proof-of-work which gives the vast majority of power to a small number of miners operating on an industrial scale. It is almost impossible for the average user to mine any currency or influence the network.

The common alternative, proof-of-stake, ensures existing currency holders control the network and typically receive additional financial benefits. Newcomers to the network are often at a severe disadvantage to the early adopters.

CaptchaCoin's use of proof of human-work balances the playing field: all users are equal independent of the computational power they have or their existing balance. This will ensure a large network that will continually grow with new users who can easily mine their own Caps.

The Captchas are designed solely for the use of securing the CaptchaCoin network - they are not used anywhere else on the internet.

A key feature in their design is scalability. Any given Captcha can be made instantly harder by expanding the range of possible solutions the user has to choose from, meaning the same amount of human-work can be captured using less computing resources.

In the future it will be essential that new Captchas are generated in a way that prevents anyone from knowing their solution. They will be created randomly to ensure no one person can pre-determine them, using an independently verified machine to prove their solution is destroyed after their creation.