Bitcoin layer-2 infrastructure firm Lightning Labs has launched the mainnet alpha version of Taproot Assets, a protocol designed to enable the issuance of stablecoins and real-world assets on the Bitcoin and Lightning Network. According to Ryan Gentry, head of business development at Lightning Labs, Taproot Assets v0.3 will offer a “feature-complete developer experience” for issuing, managing, and exploring stablecoins and other assets on the Bitcoin blockchain.
Lightning Labs stated that with this release, developers can issue financial assets on-chain in a scalable manner, marking a new era of multi-asset bitcoin. The integration of Taproot Assets will leverage existing Bitcoin liquidity on the Lightning Network, extending the reach and impact of Bitcoin and bringing it one step closer to “bitcoinizing the dollar” and global financial assets.
Gentry highlighted the overwhelming demand from developers for stablecoin applications on Bitcoin, emphasizing that some stablecoin issuers hold more United States Treasuries than countries like Germany and South Korea. He added that this demand indicates the global importance of these assets and showcases the scale of user demand.
In the lead up to the mainnet alpha launch, nearly 2,000 Taproot Assets were minted on testnets over the past few months. The alpha launch signifies that the development is not yet in its final state, and Lightning Labs expects the community to test it for potential bugs.
Taproot Assets joins other developments in the Bitcoin ecosystem, such as Bitcoin Drivechains, Botanix Labs’ Spiderchain, and the BitVM, all aiming to expand Bitcoin’s capabilities and enhance its potential use cases.
Overall, the release of Taproot Assets represents a significant step forward in leveraging Bitcoin’s infrastructure to enable the issuance and management of stablecoins and real-world assets, paving the way for further innovation and adoption in the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
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