11 Sep '17, 11am

MASTer Plan: Better Bitcoin Smart Contracts Could Go Live This Year

The wait for more advanced bitcoin smart contracts might soon be over. Spurred by last month's SegWit activation , bitcoin developers are reviving a plan that would see the world's most popular blockchain retooled with functionality long synonymous with ethereum and its more expressive code executions. Known as Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees (MAST), the concept has moved in fits and starts – Russell O'Connor, Pieter Wuille and Peter Todd put forward the idea, and Johnson Lau put together his own proposal last year – but the upgrade to SegWit makes the change not only possible, but possibly actionable soon. So, Blockstream co-founder Mark Friedenbach is now breathing new life into the idea, putting forth a proposal this week that would have MAST deployed by way of soft fork (a backwards-compatible change to the blockchain's rule set). Should it be enacted (and in the worl...

Full article: https://www.coindesk.com/master-plan-better-bitcoin-smart...

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