Vitalik Buterin Advocates for Bitcoin to Embrace Layer 2 Solutions, Similar to Ethereum’s Approach

During a recent Twitter space hosted by Bitcoin developer Udi Wertheimer, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin expressed his belief that the Bitcoin network should adopt scalable solutions, such as zero-knowledge (ZK) rollups, in order to expand beyond its current role as a payment network. Buterin highlighted Ethereum’s success in implementing various scaling solutions over the years, including recent experiments with ZK rollups and Plasma, which have significantly improved transaction throughput. He pointed to projects like Optimism and Arbitrum as successful rollup implementations that could serve as case studies for Bitcoin.

Buterin emphasized the importance of scaling solutions for Bitcoin, stating, “I think if we want Bitcoin to be more than payments, it needs more scaling solutions.” He acknowledged the lightning network as a crucial layer-2 solution for Bitcoin’s scalability goals and praised the rise of Bitcoin Ordinals, a layer-2 solution enabling decentralized storage of digital art on the Bitcoin blockchain. According to Buterin, Ordinals have revitalized the builder culture within the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Bitcoin Ordinals has gained significant popularity, facilitating over $210 million in trading volume by the end of June. This highlights the growing interest in layer-2 solutions and their potential to enhance Bitcoin’s capabilities beyond being solely a payment layer.

As the Ethereum network continues to explore and implement scaling solutions, Buterin encourages the Bitcoin community to embrace similar approaches, leveraging layer 2 technologies like ZK rollups, to achieve greater scalability and expand Bitcoin’s use cases beyond payments.

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