The below is a direct extract from Marty’s Bent Issue 1236: “Blockstream has made progress in signature aggregation research.” Subscribe to the newsletter here.
There’s actually a lot of noise out there right now. The price of bitcoin is falling, people are restless, and a lot of attention is being drawn to things that will have little bearing on bitcoin in the long run. Amidst all the noise, Blockstream published a blog post earlier this evening about progress in signature aggregation research. If proven safe and useful to add to the Bitcoin stack, signature aggregation could bring huge data efficiency benefits to the network and open up more unique use cases through functionality. non-interactive it would allow.
If you’re looking to distract yourself from all the noise right now or just want to get back to basics, I highly recommend checking out the post from Blockstream and click on all the links in it. You’ll learn about the history of the idea, how Blockstream iterated on it, the technical details of the current implementation, and the benefits it could bring to the network and those of us who use it. use. Rather, it will remind you of the fact that Bitcoin is at the forefront of computing, cryptography, and distributed systems. I advise caution because you can become more and more optimistic the further you fall down the rabbit hole of aggregation.
Kudos to the many unsung heroes who worked diligently behind the scenes in relative obscurity to conduct this research. Research that could prove to have a profound impact on how individuals interact with bitcoin and, by extension, how the global economy handles particular facets of coordination in the future. That’s what really matters at the end of the day.
Go ahead and expand your knowledge.