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A Neural Community Is Creating Between Bitcoin Lightning Community Nodes

11/11/2021

The topography that’s rising on the Lightning Community appears to be mimicking many issues we discover in nature.

The under is a direct excerpt of Marty’s Bent Subject #1109: “A neural community is creating between Lightning Nodes.” Join the publication right here.

Above is a visualization of the present Lightning Community topography made up of ~16,000 Lightning Nodes with ~140,000 cost channels opened between them. I do not know if I am merely being duped by some visualization magic, however I am unable to assist however assume that we’re all witnessing the emergence of one thing huge. One thing that can have a profound impact on humanity that we will not fairly comprehend but. The topography that’s rising on the Lightning Community appears to be mimicking many issues we discover in nature as very long time Bitcoin Core maintainer Wladimir van der Laan factors out under.

I am unable to fairly articulate it and I do not actually have any concrete metrics to spotlight, however this appears to be the best way by which we might need the community topography to emerge; in a grassroots approach that mimics the best way advanced programs of all completely different sizes are likely to emerge in nature. Issues like rivers, mycelium, neural pathways, and the cosmos. Once more, there’s nothing actually concrete I can level to to elucidate what I imagine is occurring. It is extra of an intuitive feeling that makes me imagine we’re on the precise path.

Pulling on that thread, I even have a sense we’re on the precipice of an inflection level in terms of Lightning Community adoption and innovation. Clearly there was a lot progress made and the community is being stress examined with service provider adoption in El Salvador, but it surely feels as if we’re approaching a second the place increasingly builders are going to start coming off the sidelines to convey new merchandise to market that leverage Lightning. I might be fallacious, it is merely a sense I’ve and my emotions could also be a bit biased. We will see.

There’s nonetheless a lot work to be carried out with reference to enhancing the safety and privateness of the community for its customers. I imagine these areas will see important enchancment as properly over the course of the subsequent two to a few years.