What is SATS BRC-20?
is an experimental token standard that aims to bring fungible tokens to the Bitcoin blockchain. Conceptualized in March 2023, it is part of the Ordinals-driven movement, which also includes innovations like "inscriptions" or Bitcoin NFTs
. The Ordinals protocol tracks individual satoshis (sats) and assigns them unique identifiers. SATS BRC-20 aims to inscribe text onto these sats to create fungible tokens, thereby expanding the Bitcoin ecosystem to include both fungible and non-fungible tokens.
How Does It Work?
The Ordinals protocol, founded by Casey Rodarmor, assigns unique identifiers to each satoshi, the smallest unit of Bitcoin. These sats can be "inscribed" with content like text, images, or videos, effectively creating NFTs on the Bitcoin blockchain. SATS BRC-20 takes this a step further by allowing for the creation of fungible tokens. It was theorized by a pseudonymous Crypto Twitter user named @domo and allows for three basic operations: deploying, minting, and transferring tokens.
The introduction of SATS BRC-20 has sparked debates within the Bitcoin community. On one end, there's the "pro-fees" crowd who welcome the rise in transaction fees as essential for Bitcoin's longevity. On the other end, the "low-fees" camp criticizes the increased fees for deviating from Bitcoin's original purpose of peer-to-peer transactions.
Risks and Challenges
Early Stage: SATS
BRC-20 is in a very early stage of development, and much of the trading is still being done over-the-counter (OTC) through Discord servers.
No Real Utility: Most of the BRC-20 tokens currently have no utility and are influenced by social media and community sentiment.
High Scam Risk: The early stage of this technology and the lack of a proper infrastructure make it susceptible to scams.
Sats V 2.0: A Vision for the Future
According to a Medium post by "Satoshi Nakamoto Resurrection," SATS BRC-20 aims to introduce a new version of SATS, termed SATS V 2.0. This new version would require only the minting gas fee and aims to replace and surpass the old version of sats (Sats V 1.0).
SATS BRC-20 is an exciting but risky innovation in the Bitcoin ecosystem. While it has the potential to bring new functionalities to Bitcoin, it also poses several challenges and risks that need to be addressed for it to gain widespread adoption.