A smart contract is based on computer protocols. This is a kind of digital contract based on blockchain technology. The terms of the agreement between "buyer" and "seller" are written directly into code lines. Smart contracts are self-executing contracts, which means that they come into force independently in certain previously determined events and do not require any human supervision. If these entry conditions are met, the algorithm automatically initiates a transaction, which is then validated and stored in a block. Smart contracts thus enable the implementation of trustworthy transactions and agreements between different parties.
Smart contracts use blockchain technology to facilitate the exchange of money, property, information, or whatever the subjects who use it consider appropriate to initiate the transaction.
Among the cases of use of Smart contracts, the following examples stand out:
An example is Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs"), where companies offer digital tokens for sale to the public. A smart contract facilitates the collection of virtual currencies and the distribution of the company's digital token, with a written agreement that establishes the risks that buyers take and their rights against the seller. Another would be the integration of smart contracts into the lawyer's routine. Smart contracts can also change the way that legal professionals work within the firm and with clients. This is possible thanks to the development of specific products and services that allow lawyers to integrate smart contracts into their work without worrying about technical aspects.
Compensation, insurance claim, calculation, and transfer of micro-loans are the most common uses of this technology.
Medical research, enabling access to the health record, monitoring the health of patients through the various IoT (Internet of Things) devices they use, and automatic generation of rewards when they reach a milestone.
Public data can be stored on the blockchain and, with the help of smart contracts, information can be sent to the parties that request it, keeping the data owner up to date
payments in the supply chain, certification of the origin of a product, or enabling the transfer of payments automatically for different uses from person to person, such as insurance, loans, and credits, among others.
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A smart contract is characterized by being self-executing. This means that it cannot be stopped once it is executed. They also have the features of immutability. This means that it cannot be modified, deleted or censored.
The elimination of intermediaries to carry out the Smart Contract function is similar to the fact that these programs seem like “adhesion” contracts (those that are prepared by a single party and do not allow modification or partial acceptances of its conditions once accepted by the other party). The party that accepts it adheres to its integrity without questioning. A very common example of adhesion contract is the contract that we sign when we open an account in a bank. In the case of the Smart Contract, these are executed automatically when the variables established through programming are fulfilled, with respect to a certain operation. Smart contract is a programming instruction that generates results if the combination of variables previously established through the corresponding programming occurs, taking into account the conditions established in the code.
In other words, a smart contract is a computer protocol whose purpose is to facilitate, verify or digitally enforce the negotiation or fulfillment of a contract through code. By their nature, smart contracts allow credible transactions to be carried out without the intervention of third parties. Our developers are available to assist your with smart contract development projects.
Currently, smart contracts' main goal is to avoid intermediaries, such as a notary's office. But it has numerous other advantages such as:
An intermediary is not required to execute the contract. The contract can be executed by programming itself. Furthermore, trust relationships play a subordinate role due to possible "if-then conditions" within the smart contract.
The fact that the contract can be executed automatically means that it can also be implemented quickly. The automation saves long waiting times. However, if you compare the smart contract with another IT architecture, implementation on the blockchain is rather slow.
The smart contract is mapped on a blockchain. This makes forgery or even complete destruction of the contract unlikely. The long-term goal here should be greater contract security compared to traditional contract law.
This higher contract security comes about not least because the contract is available in a decentralized network and is always available with a high probability.
The contracting parties can view the terms and conditions at any time through the source code. Changes to the contract can only be made to the extent specified in the contract. The person performing the changes also notes these changes with a signature. They are, therefore, always understandable.
The smart contract makes it possible to reduce considerable transaction costs. For example, the costs for a notary's office can be omitted. Opportunity costs, such as waiting times, can also be saved by using a smart contract. Compared to other IT systems, however, the transaction costs on the blockchain are comparatively high.
The use of a smart contract is accurate because its implementation is guaranteed by automation.