Can Bitcoin Punks Succeed With Bitcoin Network Infrastructure?
The specific steps for Bitcoin Punks casting are as follows: download the sparrow wallet, then create a Native Segwit (P2WPKH) wallet, and then create a Taproot (P2TR) wallet to receive Bitcoin Punks collections. Then go to the Bitcoin Punks official website to find the Punks number that has not been minted, and then go to cryptopunks.app to download the Punks picture with the corresponding number.
Finally, go to the official website of the full-node Bot of the Ordinals protocol to upload the pictures downloaded in the previous step, use the created Native Segwit (P2WPKH) wallet to pay Bitcoin to the full-node Bot, and use the Taproot (P2TR) wallet to receive the collection. Payment methods include Lightning Network and regular Bitcoin network transfers. Generally speaking, Lightning Network transfers are faster.
The casting cost of Bitcoin Punks is about $25, and there is currently no over-the-counter OTC transaction. In addition, during the minting process, because the payment of Bitcoin belongs to the form of a single order, and the payment speed of the Bitcoin network is slow, multiple users on the entire network who do not communicate with each other can pay successfully when they mint Punks with the same number.
The user whose block is confirmed the earliest can get Punks. This resulted in numerous users paying for the bot but ultimately not getting access to the Punks collection.
However, there is currently no transaction in Bitcoin Punks, which means that there is no buyer’s market, and the 100-fold increase is a rumor. Community members need to carefully identify information and not be misled and cause losses.
How are NFTs on the Bitcoin network developing?
On January 21, 2023, software engineer Casey Rodarmor released version 0.4.0 of the Bitcoin network NFT protocol Ordinals, officially bringing NFT into the Bitcoin mainnet.
The protocol essentially supports Bitcoin’s version of NFTs, which are described on the Bitcoin network as “digital artifacts” that can include an image, PDF, video, and audio formats like jpegs. After the launch of the Ordinals protocol, there have been more and more NFT projects were issued and minted. According to the data on Dune, Ordinals NFT has grown rapidly since February, most of which is picture content.
The Bitcoin Rock collection has a circulation of 100 and is the first Bitcoin network NFT project issued based on the Ordinals protocol. Dotta, the CEO of the NFT project Forgotten Runes Wizard’s Cult, purchased 1 Rock for 0.2 Bitcoin on February 1. According to the official Twitter information, its current transaction price has risen to 1 Bitcoin. And the team has donated 10 BTC to members of the Ordinals team to thank and support their work.
Why I spent 0.2 BTC on this Ordinal’s-inscribed Bitcoin Rock
(and why you should pay attention to Bitcoin NFTs):
— dotta (@dotta) February 1, 2023
Ordinal Punks are PFP collections minted in Bitcoin’s first 650 inscriptions, with a circulation of 100. Ordinal Punks “uses open-source algorithms and CC0 Punk sprites to generate new Punks,” according to a person connected to the project. Ordinal Punks officially released the first tweet on January 31 and started casting at 4 am on February 1. It took one day to complete the casting, and the casting price was 0.01 bitcoin.
According to the Twitter information of the robot Ordinal Punk Sales, the first transaction price of Ordinal Punks was 0.07 BTC, and the current highest transaction price reached 9.5 BTC, worth $241,000. A total of more than 30 transactions were made.
Well-known NFT community user dingaling bought Punk 27 (inscription #444), Punk 48 (ins #483), Punk 73 (ins #599), and Punk 80 on February 9 with 15.2 bitcoins (equivalent to 211 Ethereum) (ins #606), Punk 88 (ins #614), Punk 91 (ins #617), Punk 92 (ins #618) a total of 7 Ordinal Punks collections, and it means that there is a real moment behind each inscription serial number.
At the same time, there is also Bitcoin’s first ordinal collection, Bitcoin Shrooms, which claims to be the last bastion of human digital art before the upcoming artificial intelligence, and Shadow Hats, etc. have opened official Twitter accounts and built official websites, but they have not yet opened. cast.
In addition, the NFT project On the Edge of Oblivion, which is issued on the Ethereum network and promises to cross-chain to the Bitcoin network, and whose inscription order is based on the ID of the holder’s ERC-721 collection, has increased from 0 to 2.4 ETH, with a circulation of 555. Currently, the trading volume is 1000 ETH. This shows the current FOMO sentiment towards NFT projects on the Bitcoin network.
Status of Bitcoin network NFT infrastructure
The basic settings related to the NFT of the Bitcoin network are currently at a very early stage. The casting cannot be as convenient and simple as the Ethereum network. It is necessary to learn to create different forms of wallets, distinguish different forms of payment methods, and also need to synchronize all nodes of the Bitcoin network to participate. Mint NFTs based on the Ordinals protocol.
There is no peer-to-peer trading tool as convenient and safe as Opensea when trading. Instead, a shared spreadsheet is used to update the order book, and sales can only be completed through off-exchange transactions or escrow. Inevitably deceit is involved.
Bitcoin Punks can be minted thanks to the full-node Bot developed and built by community members quickly. If it takes a long time for an individual to complete the synchronization of the full node, it cannot be completed overnight.
The figure below shows a case where community members are synchronizing all nodes of the Bitcoin network. However, currently, because the minting method is the order number mode, users cannot know whether a certain sequence number has been successfully uploaded to the chain. As a result, when using the full-node Bot, even if the minting is unsuccessful, user fees are charged at the same time, causing some users to use the threshold.
After the launch of the Ordinal protocol, the daily average block size of Bitcoin reached 2,021,079.56, a new high in three years. On February 7, Pierre Rochard, vice president of research at Bitcoin mining company Riot Platforms, tweeted that the Inscriptions (inscriptions) of the Bitcoin network NFT protocol Ordinal are consuming 50% of the Bitcoin block space, and the block space utilization rate is 100%, the median rate fell.
Therefore, the Bitcoin community is divided on the issuance of NFTs on the Bitcoin network based on the Ordinal protocol. Some believe it will provide more financial use cases for Bitcoin, which will drive demand for block space and hence fees.
For example, Bitcoin educator Dan Held believes that as the amount of block rewards becomes smaller and smaller, miners will rely more and more on transaction fees. If Ordinals do intensify competition for block space, higher transaction fees could allow miners to continue securing the Bitcoin network.
While others believe it deviates from Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision of Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer cash system, these NFT-like structures already take up block space on the Bitcoin network, which could drive up transaction fees. For example, in 2010, Satoshi Nakamoto rejected the idea of expanding the Bitcoin system, saying that “it is impossible to expand every proof-of-work arbitration system in the world in one data set.”
In this regard, we believe that many users currently enter the blockchain and enter Web3 not because of Bitcoin, so they know little about the Bitcoin system. There are a large number of users who have never used Bitcoin wallets, never used Bitcoin transfers, and I don’t know what full Bitcoin node, lightning network, etc.,
Whether it is the Nostr social protocol or the launch of the Ordinals protocol, the application scenarios on the Bitcoin network have been increased, and more users have been guided to understand and understand the Bitcoin ecology, thereby allowing more users to start using Bitcoin. Therefore, it is not a bad thing for the Bitcoin network to open and develop in multiple directions. As for how it develops, whether it is good or bad, it is up to the free game and judgment of the market.
For the infrastructure related to the NFT of the Bitcoin network, with the wealth effect and the increase in the number of users, and the continuous competition among ecological products, they will be gradually built and improved.
What we can do now is devote more energy to the ecological development of the Bitcoin network. At the same time, it should be noted that the current NFT projects on the Bitcoin network are in a state of chaos, and most of them are start-up projects which belong to the search for gold in the sand. Users need to make careful adjustments when looking for business opportunities to avoid asset losses.
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