Editor’s Observe: Our author Galen Moore (who previously wrote an analysis of STOs) attended the MIT Bitcoin Expo this weekend. These are his area notes on his interviews with a bunch of the main thinkers in the Bitcoin group, together with hyperlinks to the complete audio if you wish to go deeper. ~ Danny Crichton
The MIT Bitcoin Expo isn’t actually about Bitcoin, per se. Many different cryptocurrencies are mentioned. Generally, warring factions discover themselves in the identical room.
On the Friday evening earlier than the principle occasion, a Boston Ethereum builders group hosted a bitcoiner VC and the CEO of a private-key custody firm for “a dialog on Lightning and the way forward for Bitcoin.”
It was a frank dialog in entrance of a room full of people that could have been skeptical about the way forward for Bitcoin. Castle Island Ventures basic companion Nic Carter allowed that Bitcoin’s mounted cash provide would possibly turn into a legal responsibility. Jeremy Welch, CEO of Casa, acknowledged that Lightning isn’t going to resolve all of Bitcoin’s issues.
For instance, Lightning makes sending and receiving bitcoin sooner, cheaper and a little bit extra non-public, however questions stay as to how such Bitcoin funds will likely be helpful.
Creating (and never creating) the way forward for Bitcoin
Carter and Welch’s dialog turned to ossification, a proposed drawdown of developer exercise on Bitcoin to protect towards future assaults. One Ethereum developer leaned again to ask me what ossification means. “Turning into bone,” I mentioned. He regarded a little bit mystified. Misunderstandings stay between followers of the 2 largest cryptocurrencies. Ethereum builders stay in a form of “transfer quick and break issues” mindset, whereas Bitcoin builders deal with their codebase prefer it was software program for air site visitors management.
There are some who’re making an attempt to bridge the hole. James Prestwich’s consulting agency, Summa, helps Ethereum builders that wish to use Bitcoin. Past reaching a much bigger market, this has technical benefits, Prestwich mentioned. We have been consuming pineapple-strawberry Lacroix earlier than his presentation about a greater approach to deal with cross-chain transactions.
“Most Ethereum builders work on contracts and never consensus layer,” he mentioned. “Contracts usually are not as abstracted from consensus as we prefer to suppose they’re. It’s a really messy, leaky layer. The benefits listed below are extra on the consensus layer, however that’s going to have an effect on how your good contract works.” The total audio of my interview with Prestwich is here and a recording of all of the displays at MIT Bitcoin Expo 2019 might be discovered here.