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Bitcoin Ordinals: Controversial but Here to Stay

Bitcoin Ordinals, the ability to permanently store data on the Bitcoin blockchain, are a controversial topic within the cryptocurrency community. However, builders and CEOs of Bitcoin-focused companies see potential for the technology, despite concerns over blockchain congestion and offensive content. Ordinals offer a new use case for the Bitcoin network beyond peer-to-peer cash, allowing for permanent and censorship-resistant storage of culturally significant events and data.

  • Mar 09, 2023 09:20
Bitcoin Ordinals: Controversial but Here to Stay

Among the cryptocurrency community, Bitcoin Ordinals, which provide users with the option to permanently store data on the Bitcoin blockchain, have become a contentious issue of discussion. The architects of Bitcoin-focused firms and the CEOs of such companies see promise in the technology, despite the fact that some people are concerned about congestion on the blockchain and objectionable material.

Several people who attended the London conference Advancing Bitcoin noticed the possibility for an abstract meta-layer on top of Bitcoin that records Sats and has a separate state or mapping into the blockchain. This potential was discussed during the conference. Ordinals have been used for a variety of purposes, including the storage of data in the shape of an image or jpeg, as well as the execution of older computer games such as Doom.

Nevertheless, some people have voiced worries about the possibility that Ordinals may cause the blockchain to become bloated, while other people have voiced criticisms over the possibility that inappropriate information could be posted into the blockchain. Ordinals provide a new use case for the Bitcoin network that extends beyond peer-to-peer monetary transactions, in spite of the difficulties raised above.

Ordinals are able to offer a storage solution that is both permanent and censorship-resistant for data and events of cultural significance. Those who desire to maintain lasting recordings of significant events or data, such in the Doom game that was discussed before, would find this to be of great interest. Also, the blockchain's resilience to censorship enables the retention of material that, in other circumstances, may be suppressed or removed. This is a significant advantage.

Although while a number of prominent Bitcoin commentators have referred to Ordinals as "useless," others believe that the technology has the ability to provide something of value to the Bitcoin network. The fact that miners have been able to generate even more cash per block since the introduction of Ordinals is evidence of the potential utility of the technology.

In general, despite the debate that surrounds Bitcoin Ordinals, it seems that the technology will be around for the foreseeable future. Ordinals provide a novel method to interact with and approach the Bitcoin network, which is something that Bitcoin developers and the chief executive officers of Bitcoin-focused firms are continuing to investigate as prospective use cases.

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