The Bitcoin SV (Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision) blockchain has a particular advantage in the unwritten rules of blockchain warfare: Unwriter. Following the Bitcoin Hash Wars of November 2018, Unwriter left the Bitcoin Cash developer community, where he had made BitSocket and BitDB, for the Bitcoin SV developer community.
Thanks to Unwriter and his continued work with BitDB, BitSocket, and Bitquery, anyone can write useful reference data to the Bitcoin SV blockchain – and then access it. This is a further progression of blockchain technology’s promise than is existent in Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin Core. Unwriter’s strong opinion is that developers must, and will rationally, choose to develop applications on the blockchain that fits their vision the best. In an interview with Bitcoin.com, Unwriter explained why he is no longer working on the original Bitcoin blockchain:
“[…] wise developers will not want to waste their energy building stuff on top of Bitcoin because they don’t want to wake up one day to find that the rules of the game have changed overnight and all their effort has gone to waste.”
For this reason, Unwriter left after the Bitcoin Hash Wars caused the Bitcoin Cash developer community to take actions that utterly delegitimized their claim to being the “one coin to rule them all.” As Unwriter explained in a post on Medium that Bitcoin Cash had failed on 5 main fronts by becoming:
- Dead to “Permissionless Innovation”
- Anti Bitcoin Maximalist
In their rejection of the above, Craig Wright, Unwriter, and the entire Bitcoin SV community recently celebrated the first 1GB+ Bitcoin block ever tested.
Earlier this year, in January, Unwriter released Babel. Babel is a BitDB node that can be used for data-only applications. Data-only applications, by definition, are those that use the smallest Bitcoin transactions possible to use OP_RETURN to write some data to the Bitcoin blockchain. In this way, the Bitcoin fee can be considered the minimum value of X bytes of uncensorable data –and Bitcoin SV has the largest X by far.
Figuring out which among these true applications using Bitcoin’s blockchain for non-monetary purposes is most popular is as simple as counting the transactions. Using this Trends.cash web app, it’s possible to visualize the portion of Bitcoin SV transactions that are being used for data only applications on the Bitcoin SV blockchain right now (or in the last however many blocks).
What you see when you click that link isn’t a joke: WeatherSV is currently the top. WeatherSV is currently storing and indexing weather data from 40,000 live stations and putting them on the Bitcoin SV blockchain to be recorded forever more.
Non-monetary uses of Bitcoin have been the holy grail of Bitcoin development since the time of Satoshi. Unwriter has allowed this progression to happen on the Bitcoin he sees fit: Bitcoin SV. Since the Babel release, developers around the world have gathered to create Bitcoin applications that are actually worth getting excited about. They’re using software with other names like datapay, BitIndex, and Money Button, but it’s all still thanks to Unwriter.
Sure, they seem simple at this point in time but they are some of the first truly distributed and decentralized examples of so-called common software. Bitcoin’s promise is finally being fulfilled.