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May 18, 2023

Bitcoin and proof-of-stake are complementary, have “synergy”

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Researchers at Stanford found that Bitcoin’s security properties are linked to proof-of-stake protocols.

A Stanford University professor said his research had discovered a security characteristic between Bitcoin and proof-of-stake protocols.

A research team has discovered that proof of stake (PoS) can complement Bitcoin on the largest blockchain network. Professor David Tsê of Stanford University told at the 2023 Bitcoin Builders conference in Miami, Florida, about his research on Bitcoin, POS, security and energy consumption.

Researchers at Stanford University’s blockchain-focused research lab are looking into Bitcoin’s proof-of-work (PoW) protocol. They first studied Bitcoin’s proof-of-work (PoW)  protocol. “We felt very confident about partnering with [X] because of our deep understanding of Bitcoin and then PoS protocols,” he said. Through this “very natural synergy,” he continued, his team found a “very natural alliance.”

By adding an extra layer of protocol to share the security between Bitcoin and PoS, the researchers hope to enhance blockchain security. PoS blockchain, due to its reliance on stake, is hard to create based on its own merits. Tsè stated that if you don’t have capital, you don’t have enough security.

Professor noted that PoS is a more secure technology than Bitcoin because it is “short range,” while the opposite is true for PoW, with “long-range” security making Bitcoin “the perfect complement to each other.”

He wants it so that people can build distributed ledger applications more simply: “Instead of everyone fragmenting and competing for limited capital, take capital from a huge reservoir Bitcoin and use it as economic security for all these chains.” In such a structure, developers could concentrate on building the application rather than recruiting the stake to secure the blockchain network.

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Bitcoin NFTs have been widely acclaimed and fiercely attacked since their inception a few months ago. Some experts believe they will die out, while others think they will continue flourishing. Despite this, on May 9, Binance’s NFT marketplace introduced Bitcoin NFTs.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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