The Coin Leaks News:In 2021, the bitcoin asset (BTC) progressed in its monetization process to become recognized in the market as a worldwide store of value. The 2022 year marks the 2nd phase of the process of monetization is getting clear: BTC is becoming more mature into an instrument of trade. This is made possible by the stability and security that is inherent in the Bitcoin blockchain, and because of the growth in technology known as the Lightning Network, a second-layer Bitcoin payments technology. The implications are wide-ranging as they include a new avenue for financial inclusion of the vast majority of people who are not banked.
The 5th of April, 2022 Lightning Labs, a Lightning Network focused technology company for infrastructure headed by Elizabeth Stark (CEO) and Olaoluwa Oluwa Osuntokun (CTO) has revealed a new capability of transferring assets and issuing them, which includes stablecoins like Tether (USDT) in the Bitcoin blockchain. The assets that are issued can be traded through Lightning Network. Lightning Network, and by the end of 2022 Lightning Labs’ Pool product will provide liquidity to the assets that are issued in the same manner as it currently does for Bitcoin.
This service is made possible through a new protocol known as Taro which is developed by Osuntokun. Taro will eventually allow everyone Lightning Network participants to gain the advantages of Lightning’s immediate, cost-free global transaction capabilities, without the need to accept the current volatility of Bitcoin. BTC’s volatility is currently a choice for those who use Bitcoin’s Lightning Network for instance three million Salvadorans who were reported to have made transactions via Lightning in 2021.
The November 2021 launch of Taproot on Bitcoin Core, the latest major upgrade of bitcoin core, which is the Bitcoin protocol, has made Taro feasible. Taproot enhanced Bitcoin Core’s Bitcoin blockchain’s security as well as privacy and the speed of transactions, which led to the development of more advanced smart contracts for Bitcoin.
The most notable thing is that Taro is a testimony to how Bitcoin develops in the course of time. While the development of protocols focuses on keeping and improving the fundamental value of the technology for security and scalability, “conservative” changes can widen the design possibilities for what is possible to build upon Bitcoin and Lightning dramatically, as shown by the relationship between Taro and Taproot. It is crucially important – and essential to Bitcoin its utility – Bitcoin’s functionality is extended without altering in the commitments (aka “rules”) which are enforced in the application. These rules comprise the total amount of BTC to be placed in circulation, the schedule for issuance as well as the compensation structure for miners and many more.
The case for Taro in Emerging Markets
The new protocol is expected to broaden the population which Lightning Network apps and infrastructure are able to effectively serve. Taro can enable Lightning a effective payment system for people who have a lower tolerance to BTC’s volatility. This includes those with low socioeconomic status or those who live from pay-to-pay.
This means that BTC volatility is now accessible in the manner that is appropriate for every user, and avoided when the losses would be too high. This means that users are able to adjust the dial or down with regard to the risk of volatility. Utilizing Lightning as well as Taro in order to make money in USDT or BTC as an example, a recipient can decide whether to store funds in BTC for long-term savers or in USDT to fund quick or short-term expenditure. In this manner, Taro showcases Bitcoin and Bitcoin’s Lightning Network as both a rival to the SWIFT the financial message system as well as commercial banking.
According to Lightning Labs CEO Elizabeth Stark writes “One of our fundamental principles in Lightning Labs is solving real problems that affect real people and we’ve spoken to a myriad of users in emerging markets who’ve shared with us what a huge difference stablecoins that are based on bitcoin and Lightning can bring in the economies of these countries.” In the process of the implementation the infrastructure to adopt is advancing, the possibilities for the use of Bitcoin as an open, global financial platform will continue to grow.
Emerging markets, in which access to global economics and financial tools is traditionally been restricted, could pave to a new direction.