If not, what is the relationship, if any, between Ethereum and Bitcoin and/or the Bitcoin blockchain?

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Bitcoin and Ethereum have different and unique blockchains. They have no relationship (other than the fact that Ethereum and all other cryptcurrencies based their design on the Bitcoin blockchain).

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    Right, in that case, why do I keep hearing that Ethereum complements Bitcoin? And if Ethereum is as amazing as some of the hype out there, can it eventually replace Bitcoin?
    – Organic
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 14:44
  • @Organic It could replace Bitcoin. Ethereum has a much more advanced scripting language, which is its strength (and weakness). Bitcoin is simpler (more elegant) and has a much larger support base.
    – Geremia
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 15:15
  • Bitcoin is more focused on being a currency, while Ethereum is more focused on being a smart contract platform. They both play their roles well, even though they are separate roles with some overlap. That is what people mean when they say they complement each other.
    – Jestin
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 15:40
  • @Geremia I thought Ethereum "inventors" originally said it specifically does not want to be a currency and gas certainly isn't. Did they change their mind? Anyway, Bitcoin is already hard to scale as a currency, adding a bunch of unrelated stuff on top certainly isn't going to make that easier.
    – Jannes
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 16:09
  • @Jannes Is Bitcoin even a currency? Many people hold different opinions on that question.
    – Geremia
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 16:17

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