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Babylon: Bitcoin Shared Security and Staking

Apr 16, 2024 ⋅  16 min read

Babylon is a protocol designed to enable Bitcoin (BTC) staking and leverage its robust economic security to protect other Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchains, offering Bitcoin holders a chance to earn yields. The protocol employs innovative cryptographic methods and a native Bitcoin staking functionality that avoids centralized trust, with features like remote staking and a unique slashing mechanism. Babylon’s infrastructure bridges Bitcoin and PoS networks, enhancing blockchain security and reducing operational costs for participating chains. While promising, its success depends on broader adoption of the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol and overcoming the traditional "HODL" mentality among Bitcoin holders. Babylon aims to rival Ethereum’s security model, potentially transforming Bitcoin staking and the security frameworks of emerging blockchain ecosystems.

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Nikhil is a Researcher focused on Web3 Infrastructure and Decentralized AI. Previously he was leading BD at Upshot and prior to that was working on growing Avalanche at Ava Labs.

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Nikhil is a Researcher focused on Web3 Infrastructure and Decentralized AI. Previously he was leading BD at Upshot and prior to that was working on growing Avalanche at Ava Labs.