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A new protocol called Ethscriptions is now available on the Ethereum blockchain. It currently supports images, but other data types, including text, will be added soon.
Over 30k Ethscriptions have been created within approximately 48 hours since the launch, indicating a positive response from users.
Similar to the Bitcoin Ordinals protocol, Ethscriptions has the potential to inspire developers to explore new and innovative applications on the Ethereum network.
If you are a believer in blockchain technology, you may already be familiar with the Bitcoin Ordinals protocol. This protocol allowed non-financial data to be 'inscribed' on the Bitcoin blockchain, enabling the storage of pictures, games, and live webcam filters.
Here's how it works:
Ethscriptions utilize Ethereum 'calldata,' which refers to the data included in a call made to a smart contract. By leveraging the 'rule set,' users can send data directly to a wallet through a 0 ETH transaction.
Currently, the protocol supports images, but it will soon expand to include other file types. Users can already inscribe any file under approximately 90 kilobytes in size, and text support is in the pipeline.
Here's why Ethscriptions are significant:
When the Bitcoin Ordinals protocol was initially introduced, it generated controversy among BTC maxis. It caused slowdowns in the Bitcoin blockchain and led to a sharp increase in transaction fees.
In contrast, the response to Ethscriptions has been largely positive. Since its launch, over 30k Ethscriptions have been created within approximately 48 hours.
This positive reception can be attributed to the fact that Ethereum users are accustomed to the platform's versatility beyond sending/receiving BTC. Inscribing images aligns with the existing use cases on Ethereum.
As the Ethscriptions founder explains, this approach is cheaper and more decentralized compared to using contract storage.
Similar to the impact of the Bitcoin Ordinals protocol, Ethscriptions are likely to inspire developers to explore new and innovative ways to utilize the Ethereum network.
While the next groundbreaking Web3 consumer use case may not have emerged yet, this technology could be the catalyst needed to discover it.
Community Response and Potential Implications
The community's enthusiasm for this groundbreaking venture is evident through the launch of Ethereum Punks, a collection of non-contract punks resembling those on the Bitcoin network. All 10,000 inscriptions were quickly claimed after the launch, highlighting the community's strong interest. However, the high activity level did lead to occasional downtime, prompting Lehman to assure the community about the project's technical stability.
It's important to note that the launch of Ethscriptions may result in an increase in Ethereum's transaction fees. Despite this, it should not discourage users. Higher transaction fees provide incentives for miners to maintain their efforts, ultimately reinforcing the security of decentralized platforms. This measure is crucial, especially considering that Ethereum currently has the highest transaction and development costs among all chains.
Future of Ethscriptions
The story of Ethscriptions is just beginning, but its potential impact is enormous. Although users can currently only inscribe images, Lehman hints at the possibility of uploading different file types in the future.
The widespread acceptance of Ethscriptions reflects the ongoing pursuit of innovation and the continuous desire for improved functionalities within the blockchain world. While some argue that similar technologies have existed for years, the swift adoption and awareness of Ethscriptions highlight a newfound appreciation for such initiatives.
Whether Ethscriptions will continue to make significant contributions or fade as a temporary phenomenon in the blockchain ecosystem depends on ongoing community engagement and adoption. For now, Ethereum's innovative spirit remains undeterred, consistently exploring new frontiers in the vast universe of blockchain.
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