A little under a year ago, I announced on Twitter the idea of the Bitcoin Script Project. To say it was well received would be an understatement. Bitcoiners were craving something they could hang onto in the middle of the bear. Glimmers of hope were on the horizon and I intended to magnify those and hopefully rally the industry around a new technological narrative. Unfortunately, life had other plans and, to make a long story short, I quickly realized I bit off more than I could chew at the time.

The Bitcoin Script Project never saw the light of the day. At best, it was a short-lived social awareness campaign. It seeded some ideas and moved the conversation forward. At the very least, it’s probably why I have the privilege of working on this column today. I bring this up because my experience is no different than the one of hundreds of individual who have tried to leave their mark on Bitcoin. It’s a humbling and thankless affair. Bruised egos are commonplace. Many have left far more blood, sweat, and tears than I have on this front.

Every once in a while though, stars align and our collective actions start transcending each individual’s own interests. You see, Bitcoin moves at its own rhythm. Try to push the pace and the whole dance is thrown off. This synchronization act requires serious patience.

Last week, just as the walls appeared to be closing in, the dance company finally got its act together. And it was beautiful. After a long hiatus, optimism is back and has finally shaken off the fear, uncertainty, and doubt. The opportunity ahead has galvanized the developer community to undertake perhaps its most ambitious work yet.

Make Script Great Again

As I entered the halls of the Palmer Events Center in Austin on Wednesday morning, it was hard to ignore the flashbacks from days long gone.

Back in 2015, an eerily similar event took place in Montreal, Canada, and set the tone for the next decade. Scaling Bitcoin came at a critical junction in the project’s history – just as the community struggled to define its vision for the future. The event was a who’s who of a then young, nascent industry. The entirety of Bitcoin’s figurative brain under one roof. Scary, in hindsight.

I digress, but Bitcoin++ last week had similar vibes. You could tell right away there was a special energy in the building and the crowd was no less stellar. A stark contrast from the average conference roadshow and the online antics we’ve become accustomed to.

No billboards, no 280-character tirades, and most importantly, no sales pitch.

At the onset of the conference, it was hard to ignore the momentum behind the OP_CAT proposal. Its staunchest proponents were likely preparing for the event to be its consecration. Rough consensus appeared within reach and even those who had originally dismissed it were coming around to the idea.

As fate would have it, at least one person had other plans, and in the first few minutes of his presentation, the implications dawned on…



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