14 Jun '13, 9am

Colored coins paint sophisticated future for Bitcoin

Colored coins paint sophisticated future for Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a useful way to exchange money, but what if you could do other things with it? If bitcoiners could use it to issue shares, bonds and IOUs, or even to create alternative currencies atop bitcoins, they could add even more value to this innovative cryptocurrency. Bitcoinx , a community wanting to “democratize finance,” is hoping to facilitate just that, with a concept called “colored coins”. Colored coins is a concept designed to be layered on top of Bitcoin, creating a new set of information about coins being exchanged. Using colored coins, bitcoins could be “colored” with specific attributes. This effectively turns them into tokens, which can be used to represent anything. “It’s a distributed asset management infrastructure that leverages the Bitcoin infrastructure, allowing individuals and companies to issue various asset classes,” says Ron Gross, an Israeli pro...

Full article: http://www.coindesk.com/colored-coins-paint-sophisticated...

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