- Vitalik Buterin, along with other cryptocurrency experts, has been emphasising the need for Bitcoin to go beyond its role as a payment system.
- During a recent Twitter Spaces conversation, Buterin highlighted the significance of learning from Ethereum on expanding Bitcoin’s capabilities and functionalities.
In the ever-evolving landscape of cryptocurrencies, industry leaders continually seek innovative solutions to address scalability, speed, and cost challenges. One such visionary is Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum and a prominent figure in the blockchain space.
Buterin recently made waves by advocating for the adoption of Layer-2 strategies by Bitcoin, the pioneering cryptocurrency that laid the foundation for the entire industry.
In a Twitter Spaces discussion, Vitalik Buterin emphasized the significance of experimentation and scaling solutions for Bitcoin. He recognized the experiments carried out by Ethereum but expressed reservations about Bitcoin’s distinct politics, stating that he doesn’t align with them.
The conversation between Buterin, Eric Wall (known as an “altcoin slayer”), and Bitcoin developer Udi Wertheimer, focusing on the valuable insights that Bitcoiners can gain from Ethereum.
A primary concern addressed is Bitcoin’s sluggish transaction throughput, prompting the need to explore layer two scaling methods in order to improve transaction speed and effectiveness.
However, despite Ethereum’s prominence as the second-largest cryptocurrency and its apparent protection from the Securities and Exchange Commission, understanding of its following stages remains low.
Vitalik Buterin and the rest of the Ethereum community have battled to expand the network in the eight years since developers originally launched Ethereum, and have finally decided on what Vitalik calls the rollup centric roadmap.
Buterin specifically mentioned that for Bitcoin to evolve beyond being just a payment system, it would require scaling options such as Plasma or ZK Rollups, which have already been tested on the Ethereum blockchain.
He highlighted successful examples of “rollups” like Optimism and Arbitrum, suggesting that they could serve as valuable case studies for Bitcoin’s scalability solutions. Furthermore, Buterin expressed a preference for ZK-snark-based solutions, emphasizing the importance of keeping an open mind towards them.
During the discussion, Eric Wall raised concerns about Bitcoin’s security model and the 21 million supply limit. In response, Vitalik Buterin mentioned that security concerns can be mitigated over time as block rewards decrease and a sustainable fee market is established.
He also acknowledged that both Ethereum and Bitcoin face challenges in terms of layer-1 privacy and decentralized consensus models.
However, Buterin pointed out that his primary misalignment with Bitcoin lies in its policies. He described Bitcoin’s policies as peculiar and expressed a lack of resonance with them.